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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 : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1424094 (stock #1496)
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A sumptuous wood grain bowl by Tanaka Eiko covered outside in thin black lacquer, the inside clear to best present the exquisite grains of the wood. Her tree of choice is the Horse Chestnut (Jap. Tocchi), which has unparalleled grain patterns, here visible through the black outside as a soft glow about the center of the bowl. Inside black lines like an abstract ink painting decorating the straight grains. She brings the rim up to an extremely thin edge, abrupt, both delicate and challenging. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1437404 (stock #1616)
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A swirling iron colored ceramic dish by Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Uzumaki no Sara. It is 20 x 18 x 8.5 cm (8 x 7 x 3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from the artist this summer. We use one of these at home for cheese and cold cuts, looks great with a wine glass and garners a lot of attention!
Takatsu Mio (b. 1976) was raised in Gifu prefecture among the scattered kilns of Mino. She graduated the Osaka University of Arts Sculpture Departm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1420037 (stock #1468)
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Embers cling to the stone-like surface of this charred cylinder by Umehara Isamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Kakehana-ire. The slightest hint of crystalline green ash glaze turned to glass glimmers in the cleft on the side. From the back protrudes a bronze ring for hanging, in a form befitting the humble Japanese tea aesthetic. The vase is named Azemichi (the narrow path between rice fields). It is 18.5 cm (7-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1355710 (stock #1096)
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Crackled Celadon glaze covers the rich red clay of this Beishoku Chawan by Furukawa Toshio enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating c. 1989. It is an excellent example of this medium. The bowl is 5-1/4 inches (13 cm)diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in Kyoto in 1949, he graduated Osaka University of Art design department before entering the Kyoto Municipal Ceramics Research Facility. He first exhibited at the Kyoten in 1972, establishing hi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1367741 (stock #1141)
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A striking black and orange striped vase in simplified ovoid form by Mukunoki Eizo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kokusai Tsubo. This was purchased at a Mitsukoshi Exhibition. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Mukunoki Eizo Born in Shimane, and graduated the prefectural ceramics research facility before he apprenticed under Kawai Kanjiro in 1958. He would stay with Kanjiro until the masters death in 1966. To show respect and mourning for his sen...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1369384 (stock #1171)
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A modernist form in white decorated with a simple zen circle by Yoshikawa Masamichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Utsuwa (vessel) and dating circa 1985. The minimalist approach is a feature of this artists work, and accentuates the aesthetic Mono-no-aware (p an awareness of impermanence)and the circle on front seems to remind us “keep it simple”. It is 11 x 16 x 18 cm (4-1/4 x 6-1/2 x 7 inches) and in excellent condition.
Yoshikawa Masamichi was born in Ka...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1380929 (stock #1226)
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Enigmatic designs in free flowing black and rigid lines impinge on the yellow square of this raised plate by Kim Hono. It is 24 x 25 x 4 cm (9-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches), signed underneath. This piece is from a private collection of modern art and was purchased from the artist. There is no box but one could be had for an additional fee.
Kim Hono was born in Seto City Aichi Prefecture in 1958, and graduated the Prefectural Ceramics School in 1977, then taking up apprenticeship at a lo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Contemporary item #1382030 (stock #1234)
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An exquisite lidded ginger jar wrapped with a writhing dragon by Ibata Katsue. The artist mark is placed in a raised cartouche, like an old wax seal, on the side, and the dragons seem to reach for it like it was the pearl of Buddhist wisdom. It is roughly 8 inches (19.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. This piece is from a private collection of modern art and was purchased from the artist. There is no box.
Ibata Katsue was born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, in 1958. She graduated the Na...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1383219 (stock #1236)
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A pool of green and gold veined with black and spotted with white on a morphic form by Kobayashi Mitsugi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 x 6 inches (20 x 15 x 4 cm) and in excellent condition. Kobayashi Mitsugi, born in Aichi, graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. He was awarded at the Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition) 1973 Kogeisho-Prize and 1980 Governor of Tokyo Prize as well as the Tokusen-Prize at the Nitten National...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1383253 (stock #1237)
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Scales of color overlap in the crystal basin of this oblong form by Kobayashi Mitsugi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Mosaic Mon Sara (mosaic pattern dish). It is 8 x 6-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches (21 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm) and in excellent condition.
Kobayashi Mitsugi, born in Aichi prefecture in 1932, and graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. He was awarded at the Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition) in 1973 Kogeisho-Prize and 1980 Go...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Pre 2000 item #1383368 (stock #1241)
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A lidded bottle of hand blown blue glass with a white stripe swirling up to a ball-lilke bung of clear with a white center by Nakashima Yasushi It is 7 inches (18 cm) tall plus the lid, and in excellent condition. Perfect for chilled summer sake, signed on the base Y. Nakashima.
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 exhibition. He beg...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1410167 (stock #1369)
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A Fluted floral form in signature sand textured clay by Sakiyama Takayuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 2000. It is 16 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Sakiyama Takayuki (b. 1958) graduated the Osaka Art University in 1981. In 1984 he exhibited for the first time at the Nitten National Exhibition. He established his kiln in Shizuoka in 1987, and was accepted into and prized at the National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togeiten) for the first time i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1411800 (stock #1393)
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Enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Roku-yu Sara. Each is roughly 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and is in excellent condition.
Suzuki Tetsu (b. 1964) was born and raised in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, home of Shino and Oribe wares. He attended the Kyoto Prefectural Ceramics Research facility, finishing his apprenticeship in 1988 and moving to study under his Father, Suzuki Osamu. Three short years later he was accepted into the 38th Nihon Dento Kogeiten Traditional Crafts Exhib...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1431852 (stock #1577)
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What treasure or pleasure awaits inside this silver lined cup by Itaya Narumi, only for the bearer to know. The inside of the cup is lined with smooth silver glaze, while the glistening quite outside has been carved away, every divot and ridge a tactile pleasure. It comes enclosed in a wooden box titled simply: Hai (sake cup). It is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, from the artist this year.
Itaya Narumi was born in Gifu in 1991, and graduated the Toki City Cera...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #1432999 (stock #1592)
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The muscular creature looks up to the night sky to let out one lonesome cry, a beautiful dedication to man’s best friend by Ohii Toshiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Inu (Dog). It is 25cm (10 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Ohii Toshiro was born in 1927, the first son of Ohi Chozaemon IX. He graduated the Tokyo University of Arts in 1949, and then returned for a short time to the family kiln. He has since been professor at a number of prestigious Jap...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438120 (stock #1633)
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A set of five small dai-zara elevated dishes by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Ko-zara Zen (Spring/Autumn Small Dish Set). These small dishes are created as a shallow basin on a thick foot, covered with a combination of feldspar, iron and natural ash glazes. The shallow bowl shape is perfect for soy, sauces or small hors d’oeuvres. Despite the soaring sense, the weight of the base keeps the bowl from tipping when dipping something into it. They ar...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443063 (stock #1691)
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A splash of gold like the August moon rises through wide brushed cobalt grasses on the crackle glazed surface of this Yunomi tea cup by Ando Hidetake enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kinsai Yunomi. It is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and 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 Tokuro in 1960. A testament to his skill, he was accepted for the first time four yea...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443774 (stock #1710)
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The abraded and torn red-tinged Iga clay fills with green glaze in a climbing spiral pattern forming this Tokkuri by Atarashi Kanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Atarashi Kanji was born in Osaka in 1944, and graduated the Osaka College of Craft design. After 3 years in Kobe, and 4 in Kishiwada (Wakayama) he came to settle in Iga, where he was one of the driving forces behind the resurrection and preservation of...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1369427 (stock #1172)
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A striking color combination of rust on brilliant Gosu blue by Kawai toru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gosu Tetsu nagashi Memezara. Perfect under a yunomi or for serving small sweets with tea, each dish is a solid slab, 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) square and all are in excellent condition.
Toru was born in 1941, the son of Kawai Takeichi. He apprenticed jointly under his father and Grandfather in 1964, making him the last disciple of Kanjiro Kawai, and it is he who seems ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1443636 (stock #1709)
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The inside of the cup is lined with smooth dark glaze which gleams gold along the rim, while the glistening white outside has been carved away, every divot and ridge a tactile pleasure. It comes enclosed in a wooden box titled Kanka (Quiet, as in: the silent elegance of a flower in bloom). This is a phrase coined by the Edo period Confucian scholar Dazai Shundai in his treatise on The Purple Grass Garden (Shishienko). It is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, from the artis...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1373186 (stock #1185)
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Two beer mugs by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. They are 6-1/4 inches (16.7 cm) tall and 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall respectively, and both are in excellent condition. These are being offered for 300 dollars each, or 500 dollars for both.
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1424816 (stock #1502)
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Bright Yamaboshi flowers blossom on this slender white cup by Minami Ayako enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Yunomi. It is 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Minami Ayako was born the daughter of Kutani artist Minami Shigmasa in Ishikawa prefecture, 1984. While working at the family kiln, she studied, graduating from the Kutani Prefectural Ceramic Research Facility in 2007. The following year her work was awarded at the Kyoto Kogei Crafts Biennale a...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1428919 (stock #1539)
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A fabulous ash glazed Guinomi accented with iron and cobalt by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. Created as part of a restaurant consignment of 50 Guinomi, (for which he created about 70 in total), I was able to get in just after the firing and choose what I felt were a few of the best before anyone had a chance to view. I think this is a unique opportunity to acquire one of his finest pieces.
M...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1372681 (stock #1127)
An elegant elongated form displaying in a rustic, manner the various affects of rough Iga clay by Tanimoto Kei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Hanaire. A dark shadow climbs up the side where the piece had been buried in a cloud of ash during the firing. Where it was not so protected, yellow green glaze accentuates the various textures benath. It is 21.3 cm tall, 9 cm diameter and in excellent condition.
Tanimoto Kei was born the son of Iga artist Tanimoto Kosei in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1428939 (stock #1538)
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A lot of drama on the undulating surface of this ash glazed Guinomi accented with deep shell impressions by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sake-nomi. This for a heavy drinker, quite large, perfect for Shochu (perhaps with a splash of water). The undulating dramatic form displaying square lug ears and with a gravity defying glass drip protruding from the rim is propped up on three shaky feet, I feel giddy just looking at it. It is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diamet...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1443303 (stock #1701A&B)
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Two sake cups notched and torn from pure white porcelain by Kato Takahiro enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes decorated with overlapping cubes titled Sake Cup. Each is roughly 6.5 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall, 5.5 cm (2-1/4 inches) square and both are in excellent condition, directly from the artist this year.
These are by the rising star Kato Hirotaka who was born in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, home of Shino and Oribe in 1985. His work has been exhibited at the Takaoka C...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443333 (stock #1702)
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Fissured white is dribbled with blue and showing flashes of red in the cracks on this large, low Ofukei and Lacquer Guinomi, by Kodai Ujiie enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This is a handful, great tactile qualities and entrancing to look at. It is 8-8.5 cm diameter, 7 cm tall and in excellent condition, directly from his recent firing.
Kodai Ujiie was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in 1990, and graduated advanced studies at the Tohoku University of Art and Design in 2015....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1443560 (stock #1705)
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A hexagonal Raku Sake Cup by Hashimoto Tomonari, the black covered in natural flame colors like sun flares seen peeling out into the dark vacuum of space. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Yohen Guinomi. It is 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) across, the same height and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated wi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438233 (stock #1640)
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A set of 5 small bean shaped dishes used for Zensai (hors-d’oeuvres) with patches of iron over his signature Shigaraki clay crusted with molten shiseki (feldspathic inclusions) with pooling crystalline green crackled ash glaze by restaurant legend Murakoshi Takuma. This is where your small dish of steamed eggplant, fried tofu and sliced carrot, or fish with steamed cabbage would be served early in the meal. Each is roughly 12 x 10 cm (4 x 4-1/2 inches), directly from the artist this winter....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bottles : Contemporary item #1361252 (stock #1122)
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The warm color os persimmons and pale white of mochi rice cakes alternate on the side of this fissured sake Tokkuri by Ichino Kenta enclosed in the original signed wooden box. There is something very pleasing about the size and shape, and the warmth of the colors is inviting on a cool evening. A young potter, Ichino Kenta was born in Tamba in 1986, son of Ichino Hideyuki. He graduated Tokyo Municipal school of art in 2007, returning to Tamba to work at the Gahogama Kiln alongside his father...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1372577 (stock #1112)
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Earth tones and patterns of waves of grass and a silver moon by Teramoto Mamoru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yakishime Zogan In. White slip is inlayed into the cloth patterned surface to create the waves, and then silver, gold and red are applied before firing. The edge is left rough, allowing the viewer to experience both visually and through touch the raw nature of the earth used to create the bowl. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in e...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1410306 (stock #1372)
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A slender ash encrusted form by Kido Akihiko mounted with a metal ring for hanging and enclosed in the original singed wooden box. It is 12 inches (31 cm) long and in excellent condition. We are coming into the seasn when a single red camellia and a few green leaves are all that is needed, and this vase is perfect for that.
Kido Akihiko was born in 1956, and studied pottery initially in Mashiko at the Tsukamoto Kiln before moving to Bizen in 1976, entering the Sanrei-gama in 1978. He h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1415732 (stock #1437)
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A black Raku Guinomi by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Kohen Guinomi. It is 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) across, the same height and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated with a masters from the Kanazawa University of Art in March 2017, then relocated to Shigaraki. A visit to his humble hom...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1417824 (stock #1449)
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A black Raku round Sake Cup by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Yohen Guinomi. It is 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) across, 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated with a masters from the Kanazawa University of Art in March 2017, then relocated to Shigaraki. A visit to hi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1419987 (stock #1467)
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An organic cup with sculpted sides covered in crackled pale glaze with random windows of raw and blackened clay by Ishii Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10.5 cm (just over 4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. His original forms and unique powerful glaze application strike a chord between nature, tradition and contemporary.
Ishii Takahiro was born in Gunma prefecture in 1977 took up an apprenticeship under the revolutionary Bizen artist Kakurezaki Ryuichi ...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1386883 (stock #1251)
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A textured glass leaf by Kobayashi Mitsugi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “Garasu-ban”. The artist has created ripples leading out to the edge, like water reflected in a pool. It is 10 x 8-1/2 x 1/2 inches (21 x 27 x 1.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Kobayashi Mitsugi, born in Aichi prefecture in 1932, and graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. He was awarded at the Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition) in 1973 K...