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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 : 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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1361065 (stock #1121)
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Swatches of rust, ocher and olive drape over the raw red of this large vessel by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. titled Tetsu-yu Kaki (Metal Glazed Vase). It is quite large at 35 cm (14 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tamura Koichi (1918-1987) graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine arts Where he later taught), and took up an apprenticeship under (later) Living National Treasure Tomimoto Kenkichi. He established his own kiln...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1373406 (stock #1187)
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A spectacular work by Tsujimura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box featuring a dark burn down one side, as if water has been pouring from the rim for centuries over the same place. The rough clay studded with inclusions and Shiseki is everything we have come to expect from this potter. The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Tsujimura Shiro was born in Nara in 1947, and began his steps into the art world as an oil painter....