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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 : 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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1369626 (stock #1174)
A small celadon box by in the shape of an elephane by Akiyama Yo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zo Kogo. Kogo are used to carry Shaped Incense. It is 2 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (6 x 5 x 6.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Akiyama Yo was born in Yamaguchi, home of Hagi pottery) in 1953, but went to Kyoto to study at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1976. He has an impressive list of exhibitions both domestic and abroad. He was recipient of the prestigious JCS...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1374705 (stock #1191)
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One of three vessels by avant garde potter Kumakura Junkichi enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes. First an industrial shaped box in green measuring 7 x 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches. Second a bowl in namako glaze, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter. Last a Tsubo in green measuring 6-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches (16 x 11 x 21 cm). All are in excellent condition.
Junkichi (1920-1985) began working in ceramics in the 1940s, his works submitted to innumerable National and Internationa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1379695 (stock #1222)
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An incense burner in the rare Utsutsukawa-yaki tradition by Yokoishi Gagyu (b. 1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The square form is covered in evening shades with white slip grasses blowing in the wind. It is 3 x 3 x 4-3/4 inches (7.5 x 7.5 x 12 cm) and in perfect 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 c...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1394282 (stock #1293)
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A Tenmoku Hanging vase by the living master of that genre, Kimura Morikazu, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tetsuyu Kohen Kake-hana-ike. The lozenge form features two lug handles in the shape of a traditional Waniguchi Japanese Shrine Gong. It is 7-1/2 x 6-1/2 x 2 inches (19 x 16.5 x 5.5 cm) nd in excellent condition, retaining the original shiori and wrapping cloth.
Kimura Morikazu was born to the house of a Kyo-yaki potter and studied under Ishiguro Munemaru, He esta...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1401613 (stock #1326)
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A hand sculpted sake flask by Kaneta Masanao coered in lavender tinted white glaze and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi is most well known names, he has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times. His pieces are in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum and Museum of Modern Art Broo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1402225 (stock #972)
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Ash forms enigmatic shapes on this exquisite cocoon shaped wall vase by Yamada Jozan IV enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 cm (3 inches) diameter, 6 inches(16 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Yamada Jozan IV was born into the house of third generation Living National Treasure Yamada Minoru in 1954. He graduated the Tokoname High Ceramics Course in 1973, before entering Osaka University of art. Disappointed with the university scene he left to work under his father, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1414487 (stock #1410)
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A life-size feminine image of a toilet slipper by Satonaka Hideto in light colored clay covered with Irabo glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Sakuhin and dating circa 1975. It is just over 9 inches (23.5 cm) long and in excellent condition. From the 1950s to the 1970s there was a deep interest in an earthy convention by young ceramic artists called Tsuchi no Aji (Taste of the earth), and this Irabo glaze may have been one of the most popular extensions of that aesth...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438484 (stock #1648)
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A surfer might feel quite at home on the swell of this set of 5 scalloping rectangular plates by Murakoshi Takuma covered in streaks of iron and cobalt under splashes of crystalline green and dollops of white. There is a great deal of tension, excitement, in both the shape and the decoration. These plates are alive. Each is roughly 25 x 15 cm (10 x 6 inches) rising up to 6 cm (2 plus inches) off the table and all are in excellent condition, from the artist over New Years. We have currently n...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443344 (stock #1704)
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A Sake kettle and hai (cup) of rough Shigaraki clay by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes titled Karasuguchi Shuchu (Crow Beak Sake Service). This is made employing his signature rough Shigaraki blend covered with random iron and ash glazes. The bottle stands 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) tall plus the handle, and both are in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to mak...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1351725 (stock #1049)
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A bowl dating from the 1960s or early 70s reminiscent of the contemporary works of Lucie Rie and Hans Copper by Sodeisha Member Kumakura Junkichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakuyu Kaki (White Glazed Basin). It is 7-1/4 inches (18.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. 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 York...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1403230 (stock #1336)
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A circular basin engraved with enigmatic forms and moon-like crescents by Kato Reikichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Outside is smooth black glaze, while within is highly textured red and blue over white. Excellent for a summer flower display, it is 39.5 cm (15-1/2 inches) diameter, 5.7 cm (2-1/4 inches) tall and 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....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1423973 (stock #1494)
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A Guinomi and Tokkuri by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in their respective original signed wooden boxes complete with Shiori and Shifuku. The deep well shaped cup rises vertically from the flat base, a dollop of hand crushed foamy feldspar glaze (this one he makes himself) clinging to the rim. The bottle is tall with a smattering of the same yellow green ash on one side, the opposite marked with distinct red hi-iro flame color. The Tokkuri is 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall, the cup 7.5 cm (3 inches)...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1415491 (stock #1431)
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A deep oblong bowl decorated in abstract underglaze blue imagery with flashes of red by Shibata Ryozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sometsuke Aka-e Hachi dating circa 1995. It is 17 x 19.5 x 6.5 cm (6-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 3 inches) an is in excellent condition.
Shibata Ryozo (b. 1952) completed advanced studies at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1978 (his work was purchased by the university the previous year for its permanent collection). In 1993 he first exhibit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1444093 (stock #1715)
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Crystalized molten green ash covers the craggy texture of this feldspar punctuated Kata-kuchi with matching Guinomi draped in iron by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes titled Guinomi and Shuchu respectively. The abalone shaped server has a slightly offset spout which channels from the deep green pool in the center. An impression from the artist thumb makes for ease of grasping. The katakuchi is 17 x 11.5 x 7 cm (6-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 3 inches) the guinomi hefty at roughl...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431002 (stock #1569)
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A deep, perfectly formed bowl covered in plates of various colors, the signature style of Mukoyama Fumiya enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kyo-mon Chawan (Border Pattern Teabowl). One of three in stock, each with unique designs, it is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Mukoyama Fumiya was born in Tokyo in 1960, graduating the Kyoto Ceramic Research institute before apprenticing in Hagi under 15th generation Sakakura Shinbei in 198...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438485 (stock #1649)
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Deep green irises pool in the center of these almond shaped bowl by Murakoshi Takuma threaded with streaks of iron. No one seems to achieve the clarity of green that he has mastered. These would be perfect for Oden that famous winter food. Each is roughly 17 x 14.5 x 6 cm (6-1/2 x 5-3/4 x 2-1/2 inches) and all are in excellent condition, 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 for ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1444034 (stock #1714)
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Colors of the four seasons splash and mingle like a bright and textured tempest on this handled sake server (correctly called Te-tsuki Kata-kuchi) by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Shuchu. The handle is offset to the spout, which at first seems counterintuitive, but works out perfect when pouring. Our man Takuma has done his share of research into the ways of drinking (he prefers shochu these days), and this understanding and unusual approach explains...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1377719 (stock #1211)
Overlapping forms create an urban sprawl on the surface of this cubist-gourd by Kiyomizu Rokubei VIII (Masahiro). It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) square, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Although the first heads of the Kiyomizu family concentrated on traditional, popular objects and designs, Rokubei VII and VIII "took a radical turn" to produce abstract, geometric three-dimensional pieces which are either purely decorative, or combine function with distinctive, unexpected form...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Pre 2000 item #1383365 (stock #1239)
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A tall bottle of hand blown clear glass wth a swirling strip of red by Nakashima Yasushi. The top is ground to a smooth finish, and it wears a a dimpled, heavy glass, cap with matching red swirl caps. Signed on the base Y Nakashima. It is 15 inches (38.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Nakashima Yasushi (1938-2017) was born in Hyogo prefecture and graduated the Kyoto Municipal University of Art in 1962. While still at university he was accepted into the Mainichi Kogyo Design exhib...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1416401 (stock #1444)
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A recumbent form of grungy urban themes by Kato Kiyoyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the 1960s. It is 42 x 7 x 13.5 cm (16-1/2 x 3 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. The box has oxidized with age.
Kato Kiyoyuki was born in 1931, the heir to a long-established tile-making business in Seto. He studied ceramics at high school however his main interest lay in painting and sculpture, and it was only when he was in his late twenties that he began to work in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1432865 (stock #1590)
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A stone formed bowl covered entirely in platinum by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box accompanied by the shiori and Shifuku. The bowl is carved and torn from a block of clay, then textured with natural stones specially selected for their surface patterns, splashed with glaze and then covered in platinum, creating dry. Matte regions punctuated by glistening liqid spatters. It is 10 cm (4 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition from the artist ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438234 (stock #1641)
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A set of Lopsided Shunju bowls by Murakoshi Takuma making use of his signature Shigaraki clay with a slight amount of iron and heavy dollops of crackled green ash and thick white glaze. These are perfect for Japanese food, we use a similar ste at home for steamed or boiled vegetables, Niku-jaga or Sukiyaki. Each is roughly 16.5 x 13 x 6.5 cm (5 x 6-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches) directly from the artist this winter. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438123 (stock #1636)
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Iron drapes about the rim of these bean-shaped ash-glazed Mukozuke shallow bowls with flat bottom and vertical sides by Murakoshi Takuma. Mukozuke (literally on the side) are exactly what they sound like, dishes used to serve seasonal side-dishes in traditional Japanese tableware. These are roughly 13 x 16 x 5 cm (5 x 6 x 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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1417430 (stock #1447B)
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Very little in life equals the joy of sipping from a gnarly “Sampson Cup” by the eccentric potter Murakoshi Takuma. Here is one from his most recent firing, which features cobalt along with the iron under the thick ash and feldspathic glazing. Cobalt is a recent addition to his clay art, and we are lucky to have acquired a couple pieces before they were all snatched up. The weight is pleasing, and the texture is a thrill for the senses. A real guy’s mug! It is 15 cm tall, slightly obl...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438239 (stock #1642)
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A set of five thick slab discs by Murakoshi Takuma, the best kept secret in the Japanese hospitality industry. The clarity of his glaze is simply perfection. I am sitting here writing this set up, the sun is shining through the window just on the dish, an occasional cloud altering the quality of light allowing me to ponder the crazing of the fissures, the faint shadows in ripples in the clay accentuated by the varying depths of the glaze punctuated throughout with white pearls of molten shisek...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1372173 (stock #1145)
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Precision cuts create bursting fireworks on the surface of this vase by Kitamura Junko enclosed in the orginal signed wooden box titled Hanaire. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Kitamura Junko learned under the tutelage of Suzuki Osamu and Kondo Yutaka of the influential Sodeisha. Like Mashiko artist Shimaoka Tatsuzo, her work is influenced by Jomon pottery, however her approach is very different. After impressing patterns into the clay with bamboo and firing once wi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438174 (stock #1639)
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A set of small wan-gata ash glazed bowls with splashes of iron flaring over the rim by Murakoshi Takuma. 12 cm diameter (5 inches), 7 cm (2-3/4 inches) deep and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. These are surprisingly regular in shape, unusual for this artist known for his eccentric throwing practice. Still, the clay is blended with a great deal of shiseki, causing these white foamy bubbles on the surface unique to Shigaraki clay. Up the sides we can feel the fin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1970 item #1368606 (stock #1157)
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Balancing the scales and industrial shape by Sodeisha star Takano Moto-o enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Utsuwa (Receptacle) and dating from the height of Sodeisha influence in the 1960s. It is 12 x 15 x 12 cm (5 x 6 x 5 inches) and in excellent condition.
Takano Moto-o was born into a Kyoto pottery family in 1934, and although trained as a potter of tea ceramics, moved into the world of sculpture, entering Sodeisha in 1966, and would exhibit with the avant garde...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1401533 (stock #1322)
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A faceted vase by Hamada Shinsaku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kake-ai-yu Mentori Kabin (Faceted vase with two glazes). It is 15.5 cm (6 inches) tall, 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Hamada Shinsaku was born the second son of Hamada Shoji in Tokyo, at a very young age his father moved the family to Mashiko, where he would start one of the most successful kilns of the 20th century propagating the Mingei philosophy of function as the basis f...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1406948 (stock #1351)
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A very unusual work by the challenging artist Nakata Atsushi covered in red lacquer with modern designs enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled URUSHI TEA BOWL. It is 11.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm (4-1/2 x 5-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches) and is in New condition.
Nakata Atsushi was born in Toyama in 1968, and studied in the blossoming field of videography at Osaka University of Art however chose the path of potter after working at a friends kiln while at school. He graduated in 1992, then apprent...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438320 (stock #1643)
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An evocative thick slab curling up to form a basin on a circular solid clay foot elevating the contents 7 cm (3 inches) off the table. The artist fingers are clearly visible in the base forming deep impressions about which the cobalt and feldspar meander in rivulets. This piece is about as good as you can get, the entire nearly covered in white with underlying green glass and cobalt pooling dark in the center, bits of raw earth exposed like snow relinquishing the harsh winters grasp on a high ...
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1424016 (stock #1495)
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A sumptuous wood grain bowl by Tanaka Eiko covered outside in red and black lacquer, the lacquer thin enough to allow highlights of the tiger-striped grain to show through. Her tree of choice is the Horse Chestnut (Jap. Tocchi), which has unparalleled grain patterns. A perfectly fitted black lacquered lid with elegant finial covers the bowl. It is 10 cm (4 inches) diameter, signed on the base and comes in her red paper box with shiori card.
Tanaka Eiko was born in Aichi Prefecture in 19...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1372137 (stock #1119)
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A set of two sake cups and a tokkuri by legendary Shino artist Ando Hidetake enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Vertical lines of iron rise up the rough sandy clay seen through the misty drifts of thick molten feldspar. A superb example of the traditional Shino aesthetic. The bottle is 6 inches (16 cm) tall and all are in excellent condition
Ando Hidetake was born third generation into a Mino pottery family in Gifu prefecture in 1938. He began an apprenticeship under Kato Toku...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1369056 (stock #1165)
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A beautifully executed dish decorated with the Tessen (metal Fan) plant by Miyake Yoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kinsai Nuki-e Tessen Moyo Kakubachi. The plate is 9 x 9-1/2 x 1 inches (23 x 24 x 2 cm) and is in excellent condition.
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 Mashiko. In 1979 his work was accepted into the Dento Kogei Shinsaku Ten (New Exhibition of...