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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 : Plates : Contemporary item #1438442 (stock #1646)
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Dark cobalt sinks deep into the rough terracotta clay giving this large serving platter its name Genso 27 (The periodic table number for cobalt). This is by Murakoshi Takuma, part of his newest series of work and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Genso 27 Kaku-zara (Atomic number 27 Square Platter). It is criss-crossed with drizzled snow white and emerald green which float on the surface in shiny drifts. The edges all turn up like a pagoda roof, ensuring the juices stay...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1399689 (stock #1303)
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Like a fossilized ammonite excavated from some dry desert pit, dry green glass leaves off to arid cracked earth on this swirling vessel by Atarashi Kanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is a powerful work with sensational textures. 26 cm (10 inches) diameter, rising from 7 to 11 cm (3 to 4-1/2 inches) high at the shoulder. Due to the convoluted shape and extreme temperatures there are stress fractures born from the firing process.
Atarashi Kanji was born in Osaka in 1944, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1400450 (stock #1308)
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A heavy Oribe vessel of thickly molded clay covered in swatches of matte white and crystalline green spattered with iron by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oribe Hanaire. An exemplary sample of this important artists style, it is roughly 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in excellent condition, dating circa 1993.
Koie Ryoji, was born in Tokoname in 1938 and graduated the Tokoname industrial school before moving on to work at a tile factory in 1957, where he would los...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1368114 (stock #1149)
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An exquisite ash encrusted form by Furutani Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box retaining the original exhibition card from Central Gallery. Here he draws inspiration from ancient shapes, while bringing them into the modern era with a stepped base and advanced firing techniques leading to exquisite kiln effects. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall, 6 inches 815.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Furutani Michio is one of the Gods of Shigaraki, an artist who wrote the bo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1368524 (stock #1154)
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A deep black glazed bowl perfect for winter tea by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in a wooden box annotated by his student and titled Seto Guro Chawan. The subtleties difficult to discern, there are two distinct colors of black, with shiny, and one matte. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 3-3/4 inches (9 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 pr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1390042 (stock #1274)
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A shell shaped swirling form by young female artist Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5cm)wide, roughly 7 inches (18cm) tall and 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 which she completed in 2001. Her first exhibited works were in 1999, and then again in Tokyo in 2001. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1414078 (stock #1404)
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the silhouette of birds flit through the branches of the forest which rises up in white trunks on the verdant green of this flower receptacle by Yamaguchi Yoshihiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kasai Ju-in Mon Hanaike. The pebble textured surface is very unusual for Kutani ware, and bridges the glitzy world of porcelain and the more matte world of ceramics. The soft palette allows the vase to work in any decor, the abstract lines seeming to grow up randomly, without intent...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1415765 (stock #1438)
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Inclusions burst and bubble out from the thick coating of ash which clings to the terracotta surface of this elongated form by Murakoshi Takuma from last years firing enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Chuki (Seving Vessel). Although the title here is tea pot, he does not specify tea, and in fact, knowing him, he probably would use it for Shochu (Japanese hard liquor). It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those eni...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1419764 (stock #1465)
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A bottle form of rough red clay blasted with a profusion of colors running in rivulets over the heavily tactile surface by Nakagawa Jinenbo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Chossen Karatsu Tokkuri. It is 5 inches (12 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
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, wh...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1422715 (stock #1484)
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Every facet is unique on this natural torn shape by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Hanaike ‘Honoka’ or Fire Flower. It is much like a flower in clay, rising up from the bulb, the flowers placed into it the extension of the stalk. It is 32.5 cm (12-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kishimoto Kennin has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Shino, Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1424863 (stock #1503)
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A fabulous porcelain sake set by Minami Ayako from her legendary Yukifusuma (Blanket of Snow) series featuring a brilliant flower peering out from a drift of white, each enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Here both a sake cup and Kataguchi pouring vessel, the cup is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter. The Kataguchi is 15 x 11 x 9.5 cm (6 inches long) and both are in new condition.
Minami Ayako was born the daughter of Kutani artist Minami Shigmasa in Ishikawa prefecture, 1984. Whil...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1427517 (stock #1520)
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Iron, Cobalt, Ash and Feldspar cover every facet of this dramatic basin by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Daizara (Spring and Autumn Footed Dish). The artist calls this combination of Fledspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season. Here we have the addition of cobalt, which has created a midnight blue pool in the center of the bowl. It is 29 cm (11-1/2 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall a...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443217 (stock #1698)
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A refined set of Tokkuri and Sake-cup by Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Shuki. Exquisite, the flask is more delicate than usual, with a long diaphanous spout and decidedly thin rim. This is made for a discerning drinker, entirely about quality not volume. The cup too is perfectly formed with a thin rim everted ever so slightly, a pleasure to drink from. This set is the perfect complement to a true kaiseki meal. The bottle is 12 cm (4-5/8 inches) tall, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1440172 (stock #1662)
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Lantern Flowers (Hozuki) decorate this snow white porcelain vase by Yamada Yoshiaki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Henko. The imagery is expertly depicted over a form which has been allowed some freedom, more like the natural shape of a stone than a traditional vase. This is very much representative of this artists style, known for these asymmetrical shapes, natural corners and exquisite palette. It is 31 x 5 x 17.5 cm (12 x 2 x 7 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1356951 (stock #1111)
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A frigid winter evening of snow and frozen grasses on the twilight gray of this exquisite vase by Yokoishi Gagyu XIII (b. 1935) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Gagyu’s first exhibited piece at the age of 20 in 1955 took the governors prize at the Nagasaki Kenten Prefectural Art Exhibition. That was the beginning of a prestigious career prolific with awards culminating in being named an important cultural property for Nag...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1368909 (stock #1162)
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A wonderful traditional form perfectly executed by landmark artist Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nezumi-Shino Hanaire and dating circa 1988. Autumn grasses wave against the late evening sky, white against the dark red oxide. It is 25 cm (10 inches) tall, 11.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in contemporary Mino ceramics. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1368992 (stock #1163)
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A stellar work by one of my all time favorites, Furutani Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seki Hana-ire. Seki-ware is an unglazed style of firing, where all decoration is left to the natural and haphazard conditions in the kiln. A challenging way to work, and one in which Michio excelled. Here the kiln effects are spectacular, ash over vitrified encrustations almost curling off the surface. The vessel is 21 cm (8 inches) tall, 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellen...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1371896 (stock #1179)
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Exquisite colors pool and drip on this oil spot glazed vase by Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kamahen Tenmoku-yu Kabin dating circa 1970. It is 22.3 cm (9 inches) tall, 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and is in excellent condition.
Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004) was born in Kyoto the son of a ceramic dealer. Discarding the family business he apprenticed in plastic arts under Ishiguro Munemaro. His work retains some principal elements of...