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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 #1420918 (stock #1471)
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Exquisite kiln effects mark this Ujoyaki Tsubo by Imai Rikei from Aomori Prefecture enclosed in the original signed wooden box named Zuiha (Swirling wave). It is 33 cm tall, 29 cm diameter and in excellent condition. Imai Rikei was born in Aomori Prefecture in 1947, and fires in the Ujoykai traditional manner making use of the worlds longest climbing kiln (guiness book of world records, 103 meters long, you can see it on youtube). He has received a number of awards and exhibited with the Asah...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1426874 (stock #1514)
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A large bowl by important contemporary porcelain artist Yagi Akira enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The shape is very elegant, with stiffly rising sides leading to an abrupt undulating rim in soft celadon green. A striking silhouette, it is 22 cm (8-1/2 inches) diameter, 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
This name is a must have in any collection of modern Japanese Pottery. Akira was born in Kyoto in 1955, son of avant-garde Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) one of...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1426912 (stock #1517)
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A sculpture of assembled ceramic shards by Yorigami Munemi in mottled moon colors enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Recreations, Futatsu no Hankyu Tai (Two hemispheres). It is 28 cm (11 inches) diameter, 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in fine condition.
Yorigami Munemi was born in Kyoto in 1944, but went to Tokyo to study gardening at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, graduating in 1967. Two years later he apprenticed in ceramics under Yagi Kazuo, founding member of the av...
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 : Contemporary item #1433354 (stock #1593)
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This past summer I had occasion to visit Richard Milgrim in his Mountain Studio and asked him to pair some sake cups and Tokkuri for us. It is a rare opportunity to have an artist personally select pieces which he feels work together. This set is making use of his signature Concord glaze (Konko-yu) from America, with clay from Japan, while the cup is also using a variant of that glaze Black Concord (Konko-guro). The Tokkuri is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter, 12 cm (5 inches) tall. The rim of the...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #1373518 (stock #1188)
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A dish by preeminent avant-garde artist Yagi Kazuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Haku Ogi Kashizara dating from the 1960s. The plate is ribbed like the surface of a folding fan, thus the name. It is roughly 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition.
Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) was one of the most influential Avant Garde potters of 20th century Japan. He was born into the family of potter Yagi Isso, a noted specialist in fine Chinese and traditional Japane...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436034 (stock #1600)
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Glaze Bidoro sweep upwards toward one red eye on this amazing tsubo by Yukuyoshi Manabe enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Yohen Tsubo. It is 11 inches (28 cm) diameter, 10-1/4 inches (26 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Yukuyoshi Manabu was born in Kagatonishi near the heart of Bizen country in 1941. After working in Osaka as a young man, he returned to Bizen to assist the family building supply company. There he began to study clay under Mori Hozan and Ohira ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1980 item #1429847 (stock #1549)
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Simple arcs of bent-grass in iron decorate this large bowl by living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tetsu-e Chawan. It is 14.8 cm (6 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition. It comes with a clipping from a newspaper announcing the naming of Uichi as Living National Treasure in 1985.
Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004) was born in Kyoto the son of a ceramic dealer. Discarding the family business he apprenticed in plastic ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436289 (stock #1606)
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Always innovative, here is a basin for flower arrangement in pastel Hagi colors by Kaneta Masanao carved and torn from a solid block of clay in the Kurinuki technique enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Making use of a flower frog, I can imagine a fabulous spray of green rising up from within the undulating rim, like the first burst of flora through the last of the winter snow. It is 30 x 21 x 12.5 cm (12 x 8 x 5 inches) and in perfect condition.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1377821 (stock #1213)
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A deformed-vase by Kiyomizu Rokubei VIII (Masahiro) formed as a closed cylindar then cut to allow the clay to mis-shape during the firing process. It is covered in dark glaze with highlights of yellow. It is 10-1/4 inches (20 cm) diameter, 11-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Although the first heads of the Kiyomizu family concentrated on traditional, popular objects and designs, Rokubei VII and VIII "took a radical turn" to produce abstract, geometric three-dimensional piec...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1361557 (stock #1123)
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An incredible bowl of spotted ink supplanted by a midnight blue rim by Kimura Moriyasu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled humbly Tenmoku-yu Chawan. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) tall with a perfectly formed foot and slightly in-curving bowl form perfect for winter tea. The colors are reminiscent of the Kujaku-yu developed by Matsuyama Gae, yet the application is very different.
Kimura Moriyasu (b. 1935) studied pottery initially at the Kyoto Cer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1367779 (stock #1143)
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An amazing, complex landscape covered in glossy copper glaze by Tsukamoto Haruhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oribe Kaki (Oribe Flower Receptacle). This is very similar in design to the piece submitted to the 35th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition in 1997, the year after he took Grand Prize there. It is 19-1/2 inches (49 cm) long and in excellent condition.
Tsukamoto Haruhiko was born in Toki city, Gifu, in the heart of ceramic country in 1959, and raised among the kilns...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1412764 (stock #1399)
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A very unusual covered urn made to hold fresh water for the tea ceremony of pristine white clay splashed with rivulets of emerald Seihakuji glaze by Tokuda Junko (Yasokichi IV) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seihakuji-yu Mizusashi dating from 2003. More commonly we see the pieces made in the vein of her father’s style, and I am proud to be able to offer this piece which is both feminine and quite unique to her. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1423492 (stock #1491)
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As mentioned before, what I love about the work of Teramoto Mamoru is it is so vivacious and full of life, full of movement. This vase has all that life and movement on a perfect, elegant form. Here also is another dimension, with the pebble textured surface breaking up the reflection of light granting a tactile quality to the silver. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ginasi Hachi (Silver Glazed Bowl) complete with Shiroi and shifuku. The designs of various colors ar...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1432019 (stock #1580)
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In fact it could be called Kurinuki Ishime Chawan, as the rough surface of this bowl by Inayoshi Osamu is created not only by carving or sculpting the bowl from a solid lump of clay, a technique called Kurinuki, but the artist then takes round stones with various textures he has gathered and works the surface with the stones, allowing the texture to transfer to the drying clay before glazing. A subtle but expressive difference noticed more by the one holding the bowl than one simply viewing it....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1414577 (stock #1412)
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A black pipe reminiscent of both an ancient Japanese court cap and a industrial burner chimney by Shibata Shigeru dating circa 1978 enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro-yu Kaki, Okoru (Black Glazed Vase Titled Rise-up or Occurrence). This piece strongly shows the convention of the second generation Sodeisha members interest in form over decoration. It is quite large at 15 inches (38 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shibata Shigeru was born in Tokyo in 1950, graduati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1355308 (stock #1094)
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An iconic representation of this artists work, a large hidasuki Tsubo of red clay marked with burnt straw by Isezaki Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Tsubo. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter, 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Isezaki Mitsuru (b. 1934) was born to a family of potters, his father Yozan and brother Jun both very important in Bizen pottery. In 1998 Mitsuru was named a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property for Okayama...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1356675 (stock #1104)
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A stellar Oribe vase of spirally torn clay by Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oribe Kaki. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, slightly oblong at 9-1/2 to 10-1/2 inches diameter (24 – 27 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Toyohisa was born in 1962. His work is both original and fresh and his challenging pursuit of Mino ceramics is evident in both his contemporary pieces and his traditional ones. He first exhibited at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition in 1983, and w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1356723 (stock #1105)
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An exquisite platter on two legs by Aoyama Tetsuro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The rush of white and and soft blue across the surface is reminiscent of the “Ma”, or blank space of an ink waterfall painting. It measures 41 x 40.5 x 10 cm (16 x 16 x 4 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Aoyama Tetsuro was born in Gifu, home of the Mino potteries, in 1946. He apprenticed under Kato Jin in 1961, moving out on his own in 1973. He has exhibited at the Nitten, Nihon Shin...