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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 #1402329 (stock #1330)
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A Capricious sculpture like a colorful head towel removed yet retaining its shape by pioneering 20th century female artist Matsuda Yuriko signed on the base and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kinrande Utsuwa. It is 9 x 7 x 5 1/2 Inches (22 x 17 x 14 cm) and in excellent condition.
Matsuda Yuriko was born in Ashiya, Hyōgō Prefecture in 1943nd lives and works in Oshino, Yamanashi Prefecture. Yuriko is an avid exhibitor; it is a wonder she has time to do any work at a...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1405001 (stock #1349)
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An unusual tall bottle form vase by Tokuda Masahiko (Tokkuda Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 31.5 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition, the spiraling neck in blue fading through yellow to deep aubergine. It is signed on the base Kutani Masahiko.
Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Kutani glazes, Yasokichi, born Masahiko, has gone a step further than many National Treasu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1411390 (stock #1387)
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A cascade of flowers descends from a branch hanging into the dark matt night of this large pate by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Funka-sara. In the upper right a white intrusion on the dark surface, is that a crook in the tree…or perhaps the corner of the rising moon? It is 32 cm (12-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition dating circa 1980.
Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) was born into a traditional pottery family in Kyoto. He studied under Living Na...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #1414455 (stock #1409)
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A sculpture in black glaze by Yoshitake Hiroshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sakuhin B and dating circa 1980. Very much in the vein of this important avant-garde organization, it has a great deal of presence compacted into a small space. A nearly identical work is published in the book: Sodeisha, 35th Anniversary (Sodeisha, Sanjugoshunen Kinenhan, 1983) which is titled Suikan (Inebriated). Interestingly, Suikan is also a homonym for water pipes. The sculpture is roughly ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1422214 (stock #1479)
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A tall celadon vase by Minegishi Seiko complete with shiroi and Shifuku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Suiseiji Shinogite Somimi Hanaike (Crystal-Celadon Faceted Two-Handled Vase). It is 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in 1952 in Saitama, Minegishi Seiko studied under various masters in Nagano, Tochigi and Ibaragi, going solo at the young age of 22. He worked in Kohiki ware initially, but moved to celadon, and is considered one of a select ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436260 (stock #1604)
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It is easy to be seduced by the simplicity and innate charm of the works of Fukami Suharu, and this elegant vessel enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ao Hana-Tsutsu is no exception. It exudes a refined sense of taste not based on audacious displays or techniques, but no purity of form and material. It is 13 cm (5 inches) tall, 10 cm (4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. Fukami Sueharu is synonymous with seihakuji celadon. Born in Kyoto in 1947, he graduated the Kyoto...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436334 (stock #1607)
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A flagrant barrage of color gets in your face with this futuristic vessel by Yanagihara Mutsuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saimon Kabin (Colored Vase). Over the crackled sunshine yellow gleams platinum on lightning strikes of red, completely juxtaposed to the cool blue of the interior. Very much an iconic work by this eclectic artist. It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) diameter, 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in perfect condition.
Yanigahara Mutsuo (b.1934) was raised in Seto, an...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443216 (stock #1697)
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Blue glaze fills in the embedded patterns in this Tokkuri by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gosu Zogan Jomon Tokkuri. The vibrant blue is a bit of a departure for this artist whose work is often sedate, relying on the texture and patterns of the Jomon rope design over dependence on colorful glazes. It is 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Shimaoka Tatsuzo (1919-2007) was born in Tokyo and enrolled in the Tokyo K...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1428110 (stock #1526)
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A vibrant double vase covered in signature naïve designs by Yamashita Moe enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Morinoyoru (Night in the forest). It is 12 x 24.5 x 27 cm (5 x 10 x 11 inches) and is in excellent condition. Her work is filled with joie de vie, and one cannot escape a smile when viewing it. Even the box is painted with a bright green silhouette of the vase, titled and signed in pink!
Yamashita Moe graduated the Kyoto Zokei University of Art in 2004. Her work h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1442798 (stock #1686)
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Silver ray-skin texture covers this fabulous Katakuchi sake pot by Ichikawa Toru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. OMG a chilled Daiginjo served with this would have to taste like a million bucks! Like a footed softball, it is 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) diameter, ever so slightly shorter although it appears to be taller than it is wide.
One of my favorite artists, the innovative Ichikawa Toru was born in Tokyo in 1973. In 2015 he established his current studio in Bizen after 4 years ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1354797 (stock #1092)
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A red Sado Mumyoi-yaki Tokkuri (Shuchu) by Living National Treasure Ito Sekisui V enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Ito Sekisui V (Yoichi) is the 14th generation of the family to follow in the pottery tradition. His father, Ito Sekisui IV, died when Yoichi was only 19. Upon completion of studies at Kyoto University in 1966, he returned to his hometown of Sado to succeed the lineage. His work was displayed for the first...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1374994 (stock #1195)
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A Yuteki Tenmoku Koro with wooden lid surmounted by a stone finial by Kimura Moriyasu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kimura Moriyasu (b. 1935) studied pottery initially at the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility (which turned out such masters as Hamada Shoji and Kawai Kanjiro) and then under his brother Kimura Morikazu. He is well known for his use of crawling and oil spot glazes. He exhibits with the Gendai Nihon ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1381010 (stock #419)
Scraped cut and beat out of form with looping ribbons of clay for handles, here is a mizusashi which certainly does not let down; everything we have come to expect from this popular Japanese artist enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is heavily potted, creating a bold, lively experience. The piece is 8 inches (21 cm) tall, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter and in perfect condition.
This artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, I...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1381011 (stock #1232)
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A Yuteki Tenmoku chawan in sumtous colors, dark blues within, midnight drizzling to sunrise pinks and sunset oranges on the side by Kimura Moriyasu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kimura Moriyasu (b. 1935) studied pottery initially at the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility (which turned out such masters as Hamada Shoji and Kawai Kanjiro) and then under his brother Kimura Morikazu. He is well known for his use of...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1384337 (stock #1248)
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Silver over green, white, blue and brown on black by Kobayashi Mitsugi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Suiban (Basin). It is 12-1/2 x 8 x 5 inches (32 x 20 x 12.5 cm) and in excellent condition.
Kobayashi Mitsugi, was born in Aichi prefecture in 1932, and graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. He was awarded at the Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition) in 1973 Kogeisho-Prize and 1980 Governor of Tokyo Prize as well as the T...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1385617 (stock #1249)
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An exquisite Venetian glass vase by Yasuda Taizo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Lace pattern vase. A web of hair thin qhite is woven into the clear glass hemmed by bars of gold. It is 16.5 x 7 x 17 cm (6-1/2 x 2-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches). Yasuda Taizo was born in Hyogo prefecture in 1972. He studied Glass making at the Toyama Prefectural Glass Research Facility, graduating there in 1994, and continued working in Toyama until 1997, when he established his own studio. However it ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1430341 (stock #1559)
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A Wangata (bowl-shaped) White Raku Tea Bowl by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shiro-Raku Chawan. Blanks of pale gray left by the artists fingers, and a plethora of gray freckles make for an interesting landscape. It is 11.5 to 13 cm (4-1/2 to 5 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1430713 (stock #1563)
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Incredible iridescent reds like licks of flame envelope this black Tsutsu-chawan by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku-yaki Yohen Tsutsu Chawan (Kiln Altered Raku Tea Bowl). Both texture and coloring, it is unparalleled among similar works I have seen by him. It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 10.5 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1437683 (stock #1622)
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Delicate flowers in blue on this vase by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shuyo Kokyo Kabin. Kokyo is the Chines Bellflower. Shuyo is a type of pottery developed by and unique to Rokubei VI whereupon the image is painted onto the pot, then covered with impure pine ash glaze resulting in a very wabi-sabi aesthetic. This vase is 25 cm (10 inches) tall and in excellent condition dating from the 1970s.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1437684 (stock #1624)
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Wings spread open like some great colorful bird on this expressive vessel by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tobe (Fly!). The artist calls this combination of Feldspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season. It is 17 x 4 x 6 inches) and in excellent condition, from the artist late last year.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1437853 (stock #1625)
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Irridescent red and silver tinges rise up like some deep space cloud on the meteoric surface of this wan-gata (bowl shaped) Raku chawan by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Kohen Chawan. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter, 15 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated with a masters ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1355846 (stock #1097)
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A soft pallet of blurred pastels blend between gold risers on this elegant form by Yoshita Yukio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saishoku Kinsai Hanike and dating circa 2002. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Yoshita Yukio is the fourth generation head of the Kinsan Kiln in Kutani, specializing in Kinsai and Yuri-Kinsai wares. Unlike standard Kutani wares, he uses a pallet of soft, earthy or pastels with accents in gold to create a new appeal. Bo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1424584 (stock #1500)
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Pristine white clay splashed with rivulets of emerald Seihakuji glaze by Tokuda Junko (Yasokichi IV) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kutani Seiji Hanaire. 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 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) diameter, 27 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Junko (Yasokichi IV) was born the first child of fut...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1353085 (stock #1085)
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Five porcelain tea cups by Kato Tsubusa enclosed in the original compartmentalized and signed wooden box titled Seihakuji Senchawan outside, and inside Seihakuji Chawan. Each is a unique shape, and they are roughly 9.5 cm (4 inches) diameter, 7 to 8 cm (3 to 3-1/2 inches) tall and all are in excellent condition. Someone has written in red on the box lid
Tsubusa was born in the home of Shino, Tajimi city. However after working some in pottery, he moved on to this white porcelain, a leap ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1357125 (stock #1113)
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A large primitive robotic form by Morino Taimei in his iconic blue and gold dating from his experimental days in the early 1970 enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Soji Shiho Kabin. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 6 inches (15 cm) square and in excellent condition.
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 Art!). In 1960 he recei...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1365965 (stock #1126)
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A pottery box decorated in over-glaze enamels and precious metals by Kato Reikichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sengiri Jikiro. It is a colorful and playful work a pleasure to look upon. It is 9-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 8 inches (24 x 14 x 20 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Kato Reikichi was born in 1953 the 22nd generation of an unbroken line of potters spanning back to the Keicho era in the Momoyama period. He graduated the art department of Tamagawa University and has s...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1369067 (stock #1166)
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A beautiful example of Oni Shino by world famous Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in a wooden box signed by his student Ayukai Kogetsu. Wild glazing and a shinshoku fissure filled with glaze on one side define the work, showing reason for this artists great demand. Signed on the base it is 10 inches (25 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006) was not only an accomplished ceramic artist, but also a painter, calligrapher, sculptor and musician. Born in Niigata prefecture, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1389990 (stock #1273)
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A covered box in red tinged shino glaze by Hori Ichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nezumishino Tobako. The pin-holed thick white glaze appears to be licked by the shadows of the flames, and on one side the artists finger prints are clearly visible as four molten points. The way the reds move like vapor across the surface it is as if it is still on fire. It is 10 inches (28cm) long and in excellent condition.
Hori Ichiro (b. 1952) graduated the Tajimi School of Ind...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1402501 (stock #1332)
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Hi-iro flame color glows as if still hot among the ash on the surface of this superb closed Jar by Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Tsubo. It is 10 inches (26 cm) tall, 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Otani Shiro was born in Shigaraki in 1936 and graduated the Prefectural School in the ceramics department in 1956, which he followed up with 4 years studying decorating techniques under Morioka Yutaro. He then moved to Kyot...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1980 item #1429914 (stock #1551)
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An iconic work in pale white by Living National Treasure Tsukamoto Kaiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakuji Karakusa Hachi (white porcelain bowl with Chinese Grass Design). The execution is breathtaking, so perfectly formed it demonstrates clearly the talent for which he was named a Living National Treasure. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
Tsukamoto Kaiji (1912-1990) was fascinated with Song period Hakuji and Se...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1430201 (stock #1557)
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A fabulous pair of deep sake cps by Nakagawa Jinenbo in the original signed wooden box titled E-Karatsu Guinomi retaining the Shiori and Shifuku. Each is 7 cm (2-5/8) inches tall and in excellent condition. A quintessential Karatsu work by this definitive artist.
Nakagawa Jinenbo (1953-2011) was always fascinated with Karatsu ware, and studied under the great Inoue Toya from the age of 24. Several years later he returned to his hometown to establish a climbing kiln of his own, which he ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1440142 (stock #1659)
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Iron glaze with hakeme brushed slip design by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Chawan. There is something of a midcentury abstract expressionist painting to it, with minimal coloration, it stands out in its minimalism and simplicity with a quiet elegance. The brush stroke is consistent both inside and out, not allowing a boundary at the rim. It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter, 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Koie Ryoji (1938-20...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1440143 (stock #1660)
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A humble crackled white bowl by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Chawan. Inside drops of spilled ink and a bit of blank canvas (raw earth) like a minimalist painting from the 1950s. It is 14.5 cm (5-5/8 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Koie Ryoji (1938-2020)) was born in Tokoname and graduated the Tokoname industrial school before moving on to work at a tile factory in 1957, where he would lose two fingers in an in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1427545 (stock #1522)
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I find this piece captivating, the golden thorns rupturing the rough and blank matte white clay. When I asked the artist about his concept, he explained the clay body is the individual formed by self-image, societal pressure, ego, all the things which constrict our actions and channel our emotions. The thorns are the true inner self bursting out of the surface, irrepressible, they pierce the shell and shine like the sun. Though the visible surface may be flat, rough-hewn, colorful, torn, mat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1390523 (stock #1275)
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A spiraling form rises to a small opening creating this temporal vase by Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The mouth is at an angle, allowing the viewer a unique image depending upon the angle from which it is seen. It is 5 x 9 inches (13 x 23cm) and is in excellent condition.
Takatsu Mio (b. 1976) was raised in Gifu prefecture among the scattered kilns of Mino. She graduated the Osaka University of Arts Sculpture Department in 1999, moving on to advanced studies ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1414119 (stock #1405)
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Fresh out of the oven, here is a delicious treat to start the new year right, a crusty dancing form by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Mimitsuki Hana-ire. Not only does the vase itself feel alive with movement, but the encrustations of ash and glossy molten ash glaze seem to be still in formation, as if it is still settling in the kiln. It is 26 cm (10 inches) tall and in perfect condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply ...