Modern Japanese Ceramics Pottery Contemporary
By Appointment is best. You might get lucky just popping by, but a great deal of the month I am out visiting artists or scouring up new items, so days in the gallery are limited.
In accordance with the request of local authorities our gallery in Kyoto will be closed from April 1st until further notice.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1448554 (stock #1759)
There is something ancient about the trumpeting rim reminiscent of pre medieval or even continental forms on this voluminous bottle by Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Tsubo. The austere terracotta clay is decorated only by the flames and ash blowing past it in the inferno. Fine granules of feldspar burst from the sunburned surface. The vase is 37.5 cm (15 inches) tall, 24.5 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Otani Shiro was born in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436671 (stock #1613)
Last summer I had occasion to visit Richard Milgrim in his Mountain Studio and asked him to pair some sake cups and Tokkuri for us. This set is making use of his signature Concord glaze (Konko-Guro) from America, with clay from Japan. The shape of the Tokkuri is that of a tea whisk, tying together the potter and the way of tea for which he is so well known. The Guinomi is sculpted with undulating hills, like the view from his studio. Each comes in the original signed wooden box. The Tokkuri...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443999 (stock #1712)
Capricious designs in iron on white between geometric grids decorate this Tokkuri accompanied by a colorful earthy toned guinomi by Japan based potter Richard Milgrim, each enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka-Oribe Sake Cup and Aka Oribe Tokkuri respectively. One simply can be nothing but lighthearted when drinking from this set. The Tokkuri is 15 cm (6 inches) tall, the cup 6.5 cm (2-1/2 inches) diameter, new from the artist in perfect condition.
Richard Milgrim (b. 19...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1443151 (stock #1695)
Showing another side of this potter, known for his striking Caribbean blue gazes, here is a rusty sunshine by Furuno Yukiharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yellow River Glazed Bottle. It is 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter, 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Furuno Yukiharu (b. 1943) states his original ceramic glaze represents the calmness and beauty of the sky, ocean and the depths of the earth. He has exhibited and or been awarded at the Nihon De...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1439196 (stock #1655)
Here is an artist I have followed with much interest over the last few years. This bowl by Shiraishi Yoichi is like a collapsed volcanic bubble. It is 20.5 x 8 cm (7-1/2 x 3 inches) and in excellent condition, from the artist late 2020 and comes in the original signed wooden box titled: Chawan. Inside the box lid he has written a series of warnings: Please Read the instructions before use.
Please keep it in a safe place.
Caution! may Cut your mouth.
Caution! Hot water doe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1449640 (stock #1773)
A beautifully brushed calligraphy work by Living National Treasure Fujiwara Kei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The three simple characters are direct, without pretense. Ten Mu Shi: Nature is selfless and equal to all living things (juxtaposed to humans who are selfish and egocentric). Perhaps an important message this year, with viruses and abnormal weather running rampant. The artist has confronted each character directly with the brush, clear and selfless, from a state of Mushin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1445382 (stock #1731)
An ash encrusted vase by Kanzaki Shio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Hanaire. Perfect for the tea room, it exudes that sense of quietude and degradation (Wabisabi) central to that aesthetic. It is 27 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kanzaki Shiho (1942-2018) preferred firing his kiln for ten days, resulting in the rich textures and heavy ash deposits apparent on his work. He was born in Shigaraki, and was fast tracked into the Kansai Univer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1438339 (stock #1524)
Thick green ash glaze covers the rough swirling surface of this large platter by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Ozara (Platter). It is 43 cm (17 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, with Shiori and Shifuku fresh from the artists kiln last year.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1438826 (stock #1652)
A little warmth on a cold winter day, lets have a look at cheerful works of Tokugawa Hiroshi. Here is a deep “Apple Shaped” tea bowl covered in lightly crackled Ki-Seto (Yellow Seto) glaze fired upside down so that the glaze coalesces at the rim into a thin bead of yellow glass. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ki-Seto Chawan with Shiori and Shifuku.
Tokugawa Hiroshi graduated the Gifu Prefetural Industrial High School in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1445666 (stock #1536)
If I were asked what ceramic style truly epitomizes the Japanese aesthetic it would be humble Kohiki as seen in this set of eight hauntingly beautiful Tea Cups by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kohiko Wan. Each is 9.5 cm (just less than 4 inches) diameter, 6 cm tall and in excellent condition. Perfect for a quiet cup of tea.
Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) was born into a traditional pottery family in Kyoto. He studied under Living National Treasures Kondo Yuzo ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1445858 (stock #1737)
Dark streaks of cobalt create Franz Kline like muralography under the white sheets of feldspar covering this set of five sencha tea bowls by the Kyoto area outlaw potter Murakoshi Takuma. These are from his most recent Genso 27 series; Genso is atomic number, and the atomic number of cobalt is 27. Each bowl is roughly 9-9.5 cm diameter (just under 4 inches) and comes enclosed in a compartmentalized signed wooden box from the his most recent firing.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443220 (stock #1699)
An orthodox wheel turned sake bottle in pale glaze by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi Haku-yu Tokkuri. The artists fingers clearly groove the bottle in a steady upward spiral, a flash of raw clay revealed on one side while the pale pitted glaze covers all else. It is 13 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condtion, retaining the original shifuku and shiori.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi’s most well-known and ea...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1448106 (stock #1755)
Lavender tinged glaze covers the sandy clay of this Hagi platter by Miwa Eizo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Sara (Dish). The glaze crawls and pulls back here and there, leaving raw edges and windows of sunburnt or blackened clay exposed. It measures 32.5 x 32.5 x 6 cm (13 x 13 x 2 inches) and is in perfect condition.
Miwa Eizo (1946-1999) was born the second son of Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu XI. He graduated the Private Musashino Art University and wa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1449491 (stock #1770)
A set of five Yo-hen Cups by Iga artist Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Exquisitely formed, with a wide stable base featuring four slight arches rising slightly from the table, creating a sense of light weight despite the wide bottom. There are small cuts of clay taken from the sides and the entire is covered in white slip revealing highlights of the underlying clay at the ridges. Each is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, roughly 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and all are in exc...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438524 (stock #1650)
Rough hewn elongated slabs of Shigaraki clay covered simply in crystalline green ash by Murakoshi Takuma. These main dish plates are roughly 33 x 16.5 cm (13 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired at cost.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through po...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1439091 (stock #1654)
The purity and perfection of this takes your breath away. It is a gorgeous piece by Hattori Tatsuya and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ginsai Wan. The bowl is 12 x 13.5 x 8 cm (4-1/2 x 5-1/4 x 3 inches) and is in perfect condition, from the artist late 2020. He is a master of silver/platinum/titanium glazes, and his forms, especially his tea pots, are very popular and generally sell out quickly.
Hattori Tatsuya was born in Tajimi, home of Shino and Oribe wares,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443221 (stock #1700)
This undulating Sake bottle dressed in brilliant green and dark rust seems to dance with its short companion, an almost comical set sure to set the tone for a good bottle of sake. They are by Murakoshi Takuma, made with his signature shi-seki studded Shigaraki clay dripping with crystalline green ash accented with a cascade of dark iron. Each comes enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes. The Tokkuri is a touch smaller than usual, the hai (cup) wide and shallow, to allow f...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1448439 (stock #1758)
A rustic bottle form ichirin-sashi vase covered in ash glaze by Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Hanaire. Front and back are quite apparent, with the fire side blasted by ash, while a distinct line can be drawn between it and the raw terracotta clay of the back shadows like ghotst of the pots around it burnt into the sides. It is 26.8 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall, 10 cm (4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Otani Shiro was born in Shigaraki in...