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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 #1444034 (stock #1714)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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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...