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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 #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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1414871 (stock #1420)
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An unusual pattern of waves lap at the base of this elegant silver and blue vessel by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nami Jomon Kabin. It is 6 inches (16 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
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 Art!). In 1960 he received the prestigious Hokutosho prize at the same...
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1433723 (stock #1594)
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There is something deeply elegant and feminine about the work of the female Maki-e artist Arai Etsuko, clearly evident here in this glass sake set decorated with olives in colored lacquer and precious gold powder enclosed in a compartmentalized and signed wooden box. Inside, the simple black silhouette, outside, various shades of green connected by gold branches from which hang fruit in various stages of ripeness. The Tokkuri is 17 cm (6-3/4 inches) tall, the cups 5 cm (2 inches) diameter. Al...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443870 (stock #1711)
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The best sake related piece I have ever seen by Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled very simply Tokkuri. The draping curves and weep of color is superb, and sets this above all others. Michio has long been inspired by archaic forms, and this is reminiscent of the roughly 5000-year-old Jomon Venus (a National Treasure) unearthed in Chino, Nagano prefecture. His coloration seems derived from ancient Sue-ki ware, and he goes to great lengths to erode the pots, allott...
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 : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1444295 (stock #1721)
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Five serene white concave disks set on unique bases by Kato Yoshiyasu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box titled Asobi Kodai Hai, Gokyaku Soroi (Playful Foot Five Sake Cup Set). Each cup is roughly 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) diameter, and all are in excellent condition, from the artist this year. This set was assembled by the artist specifically for our gallery, and is the only boxed set like it in the world.
Kato Yoshiyasu was born in Aichi prefecture in 1985, and...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1393414 (stock #1282)
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A signature work in gold Shino by Suzuki Tomio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yohen Kin Shino Hachi (Shimmering Altered Gold Shino Bowl). It is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) diameter, 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Suzuki Tomio was born in 1948 in Yawata, Kyoto, and has spent his life in the perfection of Shino glazing. He did not move for independence until establishing his own kiln at the age of 40. One of his most notable advances in Shino glazing is ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1395357 (stock #1296)
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A selection of three sake cups by Tanoue Shinya encapsulating the various characters fo this artists work. Each comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 700 dollars for all three or:
a) White W2.5(7cm) H2(5cm) 250.00
b) Blue W3.5(9cm) H2(5cm) 300.00
c) White W3(8cm) H1.5(4cm) 250.00
Tanoue Shinya was born in Kyoto, the cultural heartland of Japan in 1976. He garnered a BA from Doshisha University in Theology, and after two years in a textile company, an Assoc...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1403630 (stock #1341)
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Bold patterns typify the work of Miyake Yoji seen here in Pumpkin leaves wrapping around a wide basin enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nuki-e Ginsai Kabocha-mon Hira-bachi. It is 34 cm (13-1/2 inches) diameter, 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Excellent for summer to autumn cuisine in the center of a table.
Miyake Yoji was born in Shimane in 1950, He studied from 1974 under Ito Kosho, establishing himself as an independent artist three years later in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1404156 (stock #1346)
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Celadon is all about form, and here Yagi Akira has nailed it with this expertly executed architectural silhouette covered in pale blue-green glaze and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (14 cm) 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 the founding members of Sodeisha. Akira was voted one of the 20 most important living...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1422799 (stock #1485)
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Rich green copper glaze covers the rough Iga clay of this unusual kuri-nuki form by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Oribe Koro retaining the original Shiori and Shifuku. It is roughly 17.5 x 17.5 x 20 cm (7 x 7 x 8 inches) 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 approaches which he masters one at a time, extending ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1432398 (stock #1402)
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A bottomless green pool by master of Seihakuji Kato Tsubusa enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Wan. A big telltale tear drop reaches down to grasp the table, exquisite. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kato Tsubusa was born in Tajimi city, the home of Shino, in 1962, graduating the municipal Pottery Design and Technical Center in 1979. However, after working some in pottery, he moved on to white porcelain, a leap from which he has nev...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436551 (stock #1612)
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Grasses grow on the sides of this Tokkuri and accompanying Guinomi by Karatsu legend Maruta Munehiko, each piece enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The E-Karatsu Tokkuri is 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) tall. The E-Karatsu Guinomi is 7 cm (2-3/4 inches) diameter, 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall. Both are in excellent condition.
Maruta Munehiko was born the second son of Maruta Masami in Saga prefecture in 1961. However he apprenticed under Hamada Atsuya (1931-1986), the son of Mashiko Living ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1441211 (stock #1676)
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A tapered lid caps this small circular ceramic box by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zogan Kogo. It is 3 inches (8 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
After serving in World War II, Tatsuzo apprenticed under world famous Mashiko Mingei potter Hamada Shoji, establishing his own kiln in 1954. Working with rope patterns, Tatsuzo set out to create a style unique to himself, resulting in the piece you see here, which is quintes...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1355982 (stock #1098)
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A red storm swirls across the pitted surface of this superb Shino Kakehana Vase by Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Mimitsuki Kakehana-ire. It is a versatile work, perfect for the tea room. Made to stand freely, it can rest perfectly on the chigai-dana or insde the Tokonoma, a dash of color glowing in the intimate shadows. With the flattened back and lacquered iron hardware it can also be used to hang on the wall or the pole of the Tokonoma, a single peo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1403507 (stock #1337)
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An image of a warriors helmet as if just excavated from a millennium underground by Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) diameter, roughly the same height. The image s based on Haniwa funerary objects. The Haniwa are terracotta clay figures of people, animals, and houses which were deposited at Japanese tombs during the Kofun period (3rd to 6th century) in Japan. Haniwa were created according to the wazumi technique, in which mounds of coiled cla...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436562 (stock #1611)
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A rock textured Kurinuki tokkuri compliments this guinomi selected to match by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Tokkuri is 5 inches (12 cm) tall, the Guinomi 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) diameter and both are in perfect condition, enclosed in the original wooden box from the artist this summer.
Inayoshi Osamu was born in Aichi prefecture, the heart of Mino country, in 1976. He completed his initial training in the plastic arts at the Seto Pottery School in 2002, gar...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443202 (stock #1696)
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Although I love Bizen pottery for myself, I rarely offer it on the website as the colors are so subtle and designs often so very Japanese. This Chawan by (certainly for her era) the rare female potter Konishi Toko II is a striking exception. It stands out in a room of Bizen as if ringing a bell. This bowl is slightly smaller than normal, with a feminine grace to be found in the gentle curves, 10.5 cm diameter, 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition enclosed in the original sign...