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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 : Contemporary item #1430242 (stock #1558)
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Mukoyama Fumiya enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zogan Yusai Fusha-mon Tsubo (Color Inlayed Wind Mill Pattern Tsubo). It is 25 cm (10 inches) diameter, 22 cm (8-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Mukoyama Fumiya was born in Tokyo in 1960, graduating the Kyoto Ceramic Research institute before apprenticing in Hagi under 15th generation Sakakura Shinbei in 1984. He spent time in Shiga before settling in Mashiko in 1990, establishing his own kiln in 1993. The followi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1432983 (stock #1591)
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A jaw-dropping igneous chawan tea bowl by Inayoshi Osamu like a shimmering mineral deposit found deep inside some calcitic limestone cavern. When I asked him about the effects on the surface, he said that he could not wholly explain them, they were some mystery of the kiln, caused during the firing. The bowl is 13.8 x 13 x 9.5 cm (5-1/2 x 5 x 4 inches) and in excellent condition. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box with shiori and shifuku, hand-picked from the artist this summe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1435913 (stock #1598)
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A Spectacular Bizen Tsubo dripping with ash glaze by Yukuyoshi Manabu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Yohen Tsubo (Kiln altered). The rim is covered in built up black ash, which grows more liquid as it enters the burning embers on the side, and is blasted around in rivulets to the back where it has created two shadows of raw earth where another pot was in close proximity. It is 23 cm (9 inches) diameter, 21.5 cm (8-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1436127 (stock #1601)
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Austere Bizen clay in the traditional large Tokkuri form by Yukuyoshi Manabu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen O-Dokkuri. This piece was exhibited at the 6th Chunichi Kokusai Togeiten International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, the original catalog in which this piece is published included. It is classic Bizen! The bottle is 9 inches (22.5 cm) diameter, 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It harkens from that ideal of "tsuchi no aji" or flavor of the clay, r...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1440144 (stock #1661)
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An odd shaped bottle by Koie Ryoji and Alex Terma (Spanish potter b. 1946) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1990 and titled Sakuhin, Alekusu Teruma (Work, Alex Terma). This is a very rare gassaku, a collaboration by both artists, a conversation between East and West. It is reminiscent of the distinctive Yatsure (Broken) Tea accoutrements which are made to emulate the Japanese aesthetic of age and decay (wabi-sabi). It is 28 cm (11 inches) diameter, 23 cm (9 inches) tall and in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1441127 (stock #1669)
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A very unusual domed box shaped vase by Morino Taimei decorated with green dots and purple numbers on a rich textured blue enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iro-e Tabimakura (Colorful Travel Pillow). It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) square, 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall excluding the handles, and is in excellent condition, as can be seen there is a water stain in the upper right corner of the box lid.
Morino Taimei was born in Kyoto in 1934, and was first accepted into the Nitten N...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1441147 (stock #1671)
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An incense burner in white porcelain clay by Morino Taimei (Hiroaki) with silver lid of overlapping butterflies signed Sozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakuji Koro. It is 3-3/4 inches (9.5 cm) diameter, and in excellent condition. Koro by this artist are extremely rare.
Morino Taimei was born in Kyoto in 1934, and was first accepted into the Nitten National Exhibition at a relatively young age in 1957 (a year before graduating the Kyoto Municipal University of Fine ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1442152 (stock #1682)
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A complete set of the twelve animals of the zodiac by Miyashita Zenji, each enclosed in the original signed wooden box retaining the original Shifuku and Shiori. Sizes vary from 8 up to 16 cm (3 to 6 inches) and all are in excellent condition.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Miyashita Zenju, and graduated the Kyoto Municipal University of Art under Kiyomizu Kyubei and Kusube Yaichi. Starting with the most difficult, he worked from Celadon, which relies on s...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1400660 (stock #1312)
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Two lug handles leap from the sides of this traditional form by Karatsu Legend Nakagawa Jinenbo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Chossen Karatsu Mimitsuki Hanaire. Mottled glaze covers the rough clay darkened by flame with flashes of white and blue and crispy chunks of ash and debris clinging to the sides. It is a work which embodies the best of this highly sought artist. The vessel is 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Nakagawa Jinenbo (1953-2011) was al...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1369542 (stock #1173)
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Gold shatters like a broken mirror on the body of this superb porcelain incense burner by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yuri Kinsai Koro. The pattern is created by applying gold foil to the surface before firing, and called in Japanese Kinsai. Gaps in the application create designs like broken ice. This piece is 9 cm (3 inches) diameter, 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) tall and is in excellent condition. For an identical piece see the book Koro Meihinten (Jap. 1984) image...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1404578 (stock #1348)
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An exquisite vessel by Bizen legend Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Meipin. The form is perfection, covered with a dusting of ash revealing a flame colored eye on one side, everything about the proportions timeless. This is a piece I could wax on for hours about, but will leave that up to the viewer. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Yamamoto Toshu (1906-1994) began working in a pottery at the age of 15. 12 years later (1933)...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1415415 (stock #1430)
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An elegant form in rich color by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall 16 cm (6 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kutani glazes. Yasokichi, born Masahiko, went a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1418634 (stock #1454)
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Pitted thick white glaze tinged with blue, gray, orange and pink and shot through with iron covers this dramatic form by Hayashi Shotaro torn from sandy orange clay enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Te-Oke Kaki. It is 30 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition, retaining the original Shifuku wrapping cloth and Shiori card.
Hayashi Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in contemporary Mino ceramics. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1428543 (stock #1532)
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An elegant form in rich color shifting from aubergine base to green-yellow belt to turquoise shoulder with rare lavender inside the trumpeting mouth by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is signed on the base Kutani Masahiko. The vase is 21 cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kut...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1432220 (stock #1584)
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Pale jade spots dot the incised surface of this unusual vase by Nagae Shigekazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box retaining the Shiori and Shifuku. The vase, if not for its distant, moon-like quality, has a very pop-art-presence, blending both the austerity of Japanese traditional aesthetics with contemporary art. Fun and moving; a haunting pleasure. It is 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall, 5 inches (13 cm) square at the base, 7 inches (19 cm) wide at the rim and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1354798 (stock #1043)
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A spectacular work by Maeda Masahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iro-e Kin-gin-sai Mentori Hachi (Faceted Bowl with Gold, Silver and Colored Decoration). It is roughly 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 5-1/4 inches (14 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948) graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1975where he received instruction from Living National Treasure Fujimoto Yoshimichi and Tamura Koichi as well as Asano Akira. He has ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1442811 (stock #1687)
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Tarnished beaded silver is draped in gold over which runs a deep forest green on this apple shaped chawan by innovative artist Ichikawa Toru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A thick gold tinged bead dangles from one side, and bubbly dark glaze pools within. It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches9 diameter and in excellent condition. He really takes things to the extreme, challenging and yet incorporating something of the idea of Wabi into his outlandish works.
Ichikawa Toru was born i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1369347 (stock #1170)
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Five Oribe plates of elongated rectangular form splashed with red by important contemporary potter Yamada Kazu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kakuyu Oribe Choho-zara. Kakuyu-oribe is a style developed by and unique to Kazu. Each is roughly 15 inches (38 cm) long and all are in excellent condition.
Kazu was born in Tokoname city, one of Japans ancient kiln areas, into a line of potters. He would have been influenced early on by his father, Yamada Kenkichi and uncl...