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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 : 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 ...