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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 #1356112 (stock #1100)
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A squat traditional form by Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Uzukumaru Tsubo. The piece is an excellent example of traditional Shigaraki and Iga Uzukumaru vessels. It is 7-1/2 inches (18 cm) tall, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) Diameter and in excellent condition.
Sugimoto Sadamitsu was born in Tokyo in 1935. A strong adherent to the Zen tradition, Sadamitsu established his own kiln at 33, receiving the kiln name from his mentor Daitokuji priest Tachib...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1381017 (stock #826)
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A spectacular faceted work by Ueda Mitsuharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Mentori Kabin. It is 9 x 11 x 11 inches (28 x 24 x 28 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Born in Fukuoka in 1957, and studied initially pottery in Tamba under Ogami Tsuyoshi before entering the Kyoto Prefectural Ceramic Research Facility, which he finished in 1983 followed by a year studying glazes in the Shiga Prefectural Kiln. That same year he entered the Koga Tea Culture Research...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1393290 (stock #1281)
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An open basin in the shape of a tea bowl by female artist Okuda Tomoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Kohen Hanaire (Kiln altered Raku Vase). It has the feeling mas as if it has grown this way, out of some geologic process, than sculpted out of clay. Large and tactile it is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Okuda Tomoko studied under the great female avant-garde legend Tsuboi Asuka, and lived and worked in Tokoname for 20...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1399710 (stock #1305)
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A menagerie of 12 comic creatures grin back at us as we pour another cup of sake from this Tokkuri decorated by world renowned woodblock artist and painter Clifton Karhu enclosed in the original wooden box also decorated on all facets with the same humorous creatures as well as a self portrait on the lid captioned EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY. It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Clifton Karhu (1927-2007) had his first introduction to Japanese living stationed in Sasebo d...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1404273 (stock #1347)
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Celadon is all about form, and here Yagi Akira has nailed it with this expertly executed elegant shape composed of 2 interlocking pieces covered in green celadon glaze and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kakushaku (literally horn scoop). It is 4-3/4 inches (14.5 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 o...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1411536 (stock #1389)
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A serving dish in the rare Utsutsukawa-yaki tradition by Yokoishi Gagyu (b. 1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The ovoid is covered in November shades over which has been applied in white slip a field of dried grasses blowing in the wind. It is 278 cm (10-1/2 inches) diameter and in perfect condition.
Gagyu’s first exhibited piece at the age of 30 in 1955 took the governors prize at the Nagasaki Kenten Prefectural Art Exhibition. That was the beginning of a prestigious car...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1419395 (stock #1463)
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An early ball shaped vase by Kasama pottery legend Wada Morihoro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Desiai-fu Kusamon Tsubo. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
Wada Morihiro (1944-2008) was born in Hyogo prefecture and studied at the Kyoto Municipal University of Art in 1967. He would study under Kiyomizu Rokubei as well as Living National Treasures Tomimoto Kenkichi and Fujimoto Masamichi (Nodo). He worked at a commun...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1422686 (stock #1483)
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Built up Crystalized ash glaze clings to the clefts of this bold form by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Shiho Hanaike (Iga four sided vase). It is 16 x 14 x 25 cm (6-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 10 inches) and in excellent condition.
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 his unique view of the arts to new realms...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438062 (stock #1631)
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Iron and ash flow into vivid dark pools in the center of these 5 leaf shaped slabs by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Mokuha Itazara zen (Leaf Shaped Slab Dish Set). Size, shape, color, texture: these are perfect for showing off your signature dish with style. They are roughly 18 x 20 cm (7 x 8 inches), nearly 2 cm thick and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438172 (stock #1638)
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Rough hewn elongated slabs of Shigaraki clay crossed by multiple swatches of iron, cobalt and ash alternating with the raw earth and a drape of thick white running in rivulets across by Murakoshi Takuma. These main dish plates are roughly 33 x 16.5 cm (13 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired at cost.
Murakoshi Takuma is one...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1415705 (stock #1436)
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The surface of this bowl is like glossy rust, shot through with various shades and glimmering with mottled colors, the base irredescent red. It is by rising star Hashimoto Tomonari and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Untitled Utsuwa (vessel). It is 13 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
After hand forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low tempe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1424367 (stock #1498)
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A pair of cups in silver and blue with gold by rising star Ichikawa Toru enclosed in the original signed wood box complete with Shifuku and Shiori. Each is roughly 9.5 cm (4 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and both are in new condition. There is quite a contrast, fascinating to hold and view. The silver is quite dry and heavily textured, reminiscent of Same-hada (Sharkskin) or Jakatsu (Scorpion and Snake) wares. However, the celadon is smooth and shiny, in a deep, absorbent color...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1444431 (stock #1723)
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A futuristic white Porcelain vessel from the Divergence series of Matsumura Jun which the artist says “can be used to serve sake or tea” It is 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) long and is in excellent condition, from the artist late 2020. Matsumura Jun was born in Chiba Prefecture on the outskirts of Tokyo in 1986. He graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2010, and graduated the Tajimi Municipal Ceramics Research Facility in 2015, then went on to the Utatsuyama Research Facility in Kanazaw...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1373220 (stock #1186)
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A flattened square vase made to stand free or hang by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Clouds and Waves Vase. It is 8-1/2 x 6-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches (22 x 17 x 4.5 cm) 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1377139 (stock #1205)
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Two shades of black form ethnic patterns on this hishigata vessel by Kiyomizu Rokubei dating circa 1960 nearly identical to figure 12 (page 85) of the catalog Yagi Kazuo to Kiyomizu Rokubei exhibited at the Muse Tomo in Tokyo in 2017. It is 18 x 13 x 24.5 cm (roughly 7 x 5 x 10 inches) and is in excellent condition. This came from the Rokubei family estate. No box
Kiyomizu Kyubei (1922-2006) was born Tsukamoto Hiroshi in Nagoya. He graduated from Nagoya Industrial High School (now the N...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1414544 (stock #1411)
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A stack of fused Bowls hollowed out as a vase by Satonaka Hideto enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Utsuwa dating circa 1976. During the post war era a great amount of research was done in reviving ancient firing techniques, many potters and scholars working on medieval kiln excavations would unearth stacks of bowls and mounds of fused pots where kilns had collapsed during firing dating from the Heian period on to the age of the climbing kiln. These were well known to cer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1414621 (stock #1414)
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Ethnic designs in brilliant crimson red decorate this ewer by Yoshikawa Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka-e no Binshi (Red Decorated Server). It is 15 x 12 x 15 cm (6 x 4-3/4 x 6 inches) and is in excellent condition. Together with the sake cups and sake pot, this would be a wonderful service set for two. Anyone wishing to purchase this group will receive a proper discount.
Yoshikawa Mitsuru was born in Kyoto in 1949, graduating the Kyoto Municipal Universit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1417822 (stock #1448)
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The surface of this bowl is like glossy rust, shot through with various shades and glimmering with mottled colors, the base irredescent red. It is by rising star Hashimoto Tomonari and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Untitled Utsuwa (vessel). It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. After hand forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438124 (stock #1637)
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A set of scalloped square plates by Murakoshi Takuma covered in his signature crystalline green ash glaze over dabs of iron with thick white flowing across the surface at various angles. The paltes are 18 x 19 cm diameter (7 x 7-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired at cost.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #1393728 (stock #1286)
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A cloud of terracotta clay floats over rays of white emanating down through the gray body of this object by Kawasaki Chitaru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Light Cloud. The complete lack of glaze accentuates the rich color of the clay body, tiny “tombo-no-me” (dragonfly eyes) salting the surface. It is 20 x 12.5 x 23 cm (8 x 5 x 9 inches ) and in excellent condition, with the artist name and date engraved on the side.
Kawasaki Chitaru (born in Hiroshima, 1938) has ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1401002 (stock #1317)
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A Pottery box by pioneering female artist Tsuboi Asuka made as a flowing roll of golden brocade inspired by traditional textiles enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 19 x 15 x 17 cm (7-1/2 x 6 x 6-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Tsuboi Asuka was born in Osaka in 1932, but the family moved to Tokyo when she was 12. She graduated the prestigious and progressive Jiyu Gakkuen (A progressive girls School established in 1921) then moved to Kyoto in 1953, Kyoto, the cit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1409487 (stock #1363)
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An ever-folding band of gold flecked fabric patterned with colors and waves like an elaborate obi (sash) seems to bind the cloak of rough dark clay forming this vase by Nakamura Takuo (Baizan III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Atop a gilded Karasu-guchi finial, a tradtional shape called a Crows Mouth, provides the top and a spattering of ash sprays out a random pattern against the rigid form. It is 21 x 7.5 x 31 cm (8 x 3 x 12 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Nakamura...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1410012 (stock #1365)
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Delicious kiln effects are displayed across the surface of this triangular slab by Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The three sides measure 33 x 36 x 41 cm (13 x 14 x 16 inches) and it is in excellent original condition.
Sugimoto Sadamitsu was born in Tokyo in 1935. A strong adherent to the Zen tradition, Sadamitsu established his own kiln at 33, receiving the kiln name from his mentor Daitokuji priest Tachibana Oki. His Zen studies have refined the spiritua...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1422117 (stock #1478)
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A lovely Tokkuri by celadon master Minegishi Seiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Beishokuji Shinogi Tokkuri complete with the shiori and Shifuku. It is 16.5 cm (6-1/2 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 few true masters of that form in Ja...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1438337 (stock #1519)
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Rusty Iron overlaid with Emerald Ash and milk white create abstract sumi-e patterns like a mid-century abstract expressionist masterpiece on the rough clay surface of this platter by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Ozara (Spring and Autumn Platter). 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 32 cm (12-3/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1425069 (stock #1504)
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A set of five long narrow plates by Minami Ayako enclosed in the original signed wooden box upon which is written the titles of each dish. Each dish is uniquely decorated, with Rimpa style waves, flowers in snow, a golden sun peering from behind clouds, the moon rising through the mist, or just swirling colorful clouds. A beautiful set perfect for tapas or small hors d’ oeuvres (or perhaps eel for the daring crowd). Each plate is 6 x 34.5 cm (2-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches) and all are in new condit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1379627 (stock #1146)
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Thick glaze clings to the amophic body of this tokkuri sake flask by female artist and force of nature Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Tokkuri has a playful stance, slightly cocky and leaning, as if it wants to pour. Covered in thick, dripping ash glaze, a product of her legendary long firings, sometimes lasting ten days, it is 15.5 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Koyama Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering fem...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1970 item #1388429 (stock #1156)
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A trio of sculptural forms by Takano Moto-o dating from the formative years of modern Japanese crafts at the height of Sodeisha influence in the 1960s. These are being offered as a group for one price. One is distorted, like an apparition, or the world seen through an old pane of glass. The second is like a flute licking back; both in pure white. The third is a square basin with handles decorated with a geometric pattern. The piece on the left in the group photograph is 10 inches (26 cm) tal...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1970 item #1388915 (stock #1263)
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An amorphic vessel covered in organic green by Sodeisha member Kumakura Junkichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated the 20th day of April 1970. It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall and in excellent condition. A major retrospective of his life work was held this summer at the Shigaraki Togeinomori Museum. Kumakura Junkichi (1920-1985) began working in ceramics in the 1940s, his works submitted to innumerable National and International Exhibitions including the Japan Art Festival, New Yor...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1424185 (stock #1497)
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A bottle decorated with biblical passages by Araki Takako fired at the kiln of Uchida Koichi enclosed in the original wooden box signed by KOichi. It is the introduction of Mary from the book of Luke. The slender bottle itself is very much in the style and color of Koichi, and one might venture to say he had a hand in its making. The biblical passage is the obvious work of Takako, and on bottom is engraved her signature. The vase is 23 cm (9 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Ar...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438121 (stock #1634)
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A set of five Ash glazed thick pottery slabs soaring upward at the corners like a pagoda roof by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kakuzara (Square plates). Here he has used his signature blended Shirgaraki clay covered simply in vitrified green ash which pools beautifully in the center, allowing texture above but a smooth easy to wash surface in the center. They are roughly 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) square, and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438338 (stock #1645)
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Vivid dark ash forms emerald pools in the center of these 5 ogi-men (round fan) shaped slabs by Murakoshi Takuma. Size, shape, color, texture: these are perfect for showing off your signature dish with style. They are roughly 16 x 20 cm (6 x 8 inches), 2 cm (1 inch) thick and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired for 75 dollars.
Murakoshi Taku...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438122 (stock #1635)
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Anything will certainly taste better when served on one of these 5 luscious deep plates by Murakoshi Takuma which come enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Nanasun-zara Zen (Apring/Autumn 7-sun Dish set). The artist calls this combination of Feldspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season; and the designation of nanasun (7 sun) is from the traditional unit of measure (Shaku-sun-bu-rin). They are roughly 20 cm (8 inches) ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1401612 (stock #1325)
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A charred sake flask turned on a wheel then paddled flat by Isezaki Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Tokkuri. It is 12 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Isezaki Jun was born the second son to the prominent Bizen family of Isezaki Yozan. With his older brother Mitsuru he studied the plastic arts under the fierce tutelage of his father. He has displayed consistently at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Japanese Crafts Exhibition) since 1961 and was...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438483 (stock #1647)
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Iron forms enigmatic characters like some mysterious Zen Koan under the ash and feldspar covering this set of 5 large walled plates by Murakoshi Takuma. Niku Jaga, the piping hot winter dish, would be fabulous served in them. They are raised ever so slightly on a wide foot ring, appearing to float just millimeters off the table. In actuality, these are more western size than Japanese at roughly 20 x 19 x 5 cm (8 x 7-1/2 x 2 inches). in excellent condition, from the artist over New Years. We...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1353249 (stock #1086)
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A very unusual work by the enigmatic artist Koinuma Michio of dark clay impressed with cryptic scribbling enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6 x 7 x 6 inches (15 x 17.5 x 15.5 cm) and in excellent condition.
Koinuma Michio is a compelling figure unique among contemporary artists. He seems to have no limit to his imagination and creativity, still dazzling us with new concepts after four decades. Born in the hectic war years in 1936, he is incredibly intelligent, graduating ...