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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1234464 (stock #710)
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Running up to the end of our 60s and 70s ceramics, here is a great piece by a student of Yagi Kazuo, Yoshitake Hiromu (Hiroshi) enclosed in the original signed wooden box and dating from the late 60s or early 70s encapsulating the feeling of rage against conformity then rupturing the Japanese ceramic world. It is 6 x 14 x 16 inches (15 x 35 x 40 cm) and is in fine condition. Due to size and weight the cost of shipping will be accrued separately for this piece.
Born in Kyoto in 1938, Hir...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1234700 (stock #711)
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An exquisite white shape by Nagae Shigekazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1996. Inscribed light patterns like waving blades of grass are almost indiscernible on the surface, incredibly detailed and crisp when viewed close-up, a green splash of color like a Christmas ribbon circling the form in both directions. It measures 14 inches (35 cm) tall, 5 inches (13 cm) square at base, mouth 7-1/2 x 2 inches (18.5 x 5 cm), and is in perfect condition. Included is the origin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1237953 (stock #719)
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A wild work by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original singed wooden box. The large work is of torn and scarred Iga clay, covered with a dusting of natural molten ash pooling as glass in the crevices. It is 11 inches (28 cm) diameter, 13-1/2 inches (34.5 cm) tall.and in fine 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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1243208 (stock #725)
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A lidded vessel of diamond form decorated with a circle and square viewed through vertical blinds of changing colors beaded with silver dew by Kondo Takahiro. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box enclosed inside a red lacquered outer wooden box (Niju Tomobako) dating circa 2002. The piece measures 7-1/2 x 4 x 10 inches (19 x 11 x 25 cm) and is in perfect condition.
Takahiro (b. 1958) was born the grandson of Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo. However he graduated Hosei...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1243680 (stock #726)
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A sculptural Green form by Yamazaki Akira (Yamazaki Koyo II, b. 1927) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kujaku-yu Tori-tsubo (Peacock Glazed Bird Shaped Vase). The vase is 11 x 6 x 6 inches (28 x 15 x 14 cm) and in fine condition, signed on the base Akira.
Akira’s father, Yamazaki Koyo (1890-1979), was displayed and awarded consistently in many National Exhibitions and is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art Boston and Bern Museum of Art Switzerland amo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1243943 (stock #727)
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Medaka fish swim among the natural bubbles and shadows on this gohon glazed plate by Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 30 cm (12 inches) square and in perfect condition.
Shiro was born the fourth son of Living National Treasure for Lacquerware. His sensitivity to textures may stem from that exacting influence. Although his older brother succeeded the family tradition (another branching into paper arts), Shiro, after graduating the Kyoto University of Fine...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1244047 (stock #728)
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An intriguing form by Takeuchi Shingo titled Zogan Hento (An Inlaid Strange Vase) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It measures 18 x 19 x 24.5 cm and is in fine condition, dating circa 2002.
Takeuchi Shingo(b.1955) hails from Seto city, one of the oldest ceramic production centers in Japan. He studied at the Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Research Facility until 1979, then under the great Kato Shuntei II before establishing his own kiln in 1982. Exhibited at the Asahi Togeiten C...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1246126 (stock #731)
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A dynamic Oribe Koro by Kato Kuniya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 20 x 12 x 16 cm and in excellent condition. Born into a pottery family in Tajimi in 1940, he studied under Nineno Sakuzo and in Kyoto under Tsuji Shindo before establishing his own kiln in 1970. He has been exhibited at the Nitten National Exhibition, Gendai Nihon Togeiten Modern Ceramics Exhibition, Nihon Dento Kogeiten Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Asahi Ceramics Exhibition, and Nihon Togeiten National Po...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1246494 (stock #733)
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Pastel earth tones color this spontaneous form by Kawamoto Taro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 25 x 28 x 28 cm (10 x 11 x 11 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Kawamoto Taro (b 1955) graduated Aichi prefectural art university in 1977. He has been exhibited and awarded at many national and international events including the Chunichi Kokusai Togei-ten (Grand Prize twice), Florence International Ceramics Exhibition and the Asahi Togei-ten (Asahi Ceramics Prize). For...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1247084 (stock #734)
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A fine Iga-yaki Tsutsu Chawan by Tsujimura Kai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kai was born in Nara, son of Tsujimura Shiro, in 1976, making him one of the younger artists we have offered. Although of course growing up surrounded in pottery, he began apprenticing in earnest under his father in 1995, establishing his own studio in 2000.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1248309 (stock #735)
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A plate textured and colored like a fragment of old rolled tatami mat cover by Kato Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Very playful, it is 24 x 33 cm (10 x 13 inches) and in fine condition. Known equally in the ceramic world as in the world of sculpture and design, Kozan has been awarded many times Born in Seto in 1948, he opened his first kiln in 1970 specializing in multi-colored glazes. In 72 he moved the kiln, and in 73 received the Osaka Good Design prize. Inspired for bi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1252934 (stock #741)
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A spectacular Oni Karatsu Vase by Inoue Toya of the Kyozan Kiln enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall 6 inches (16 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Inoue Toya (1942-2013), graduated the prestigious Nihon Daigaku in 1966, having spent his student years excavating ancient Karatsu shards and researching their techniques. He apprenticed under the multifaceted potter Nushi Ensai. In 1969 he opened his own kiln. He served as head of the Karatsu Cera...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1260388 (stock #742)
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This natural form is charred and blackened, rivulets of glaze running like lava down the side, a seminal work by veteran Shigaraki artist Minagawa Takashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 15 x 13 x 19 cm (6 x 5 x 8 inches) and is in fine condtion.
Takashi was borni in Shigaraki in 1930, and raised among the many kilns in the valley. He apprenticed under Komori Shoan, and uses both climbing and Subteranian kilns to the extent that no one is said to be able to approach hi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #1260871 (stock #744)
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An interesting Tanzaku Shaped slab of colorful clay mounted onto aluminum hanging hardware by Mihara Ken enclosed in a signed box (carboard) dating from 1996 titled Ritsu. It is 7 x 6 x 36 cm (3 x 2-1/2 x 14 inches) and is in fine condition. A Tanzaku is a pillar shaped paper card upon which is traditionally written poetry.
Mihara Ken was born in Shimane prefecture in 1958, and apprenticed under Funaki Kenji at the age of 23. He has been exhibited and or prized at the All Japan Ceramic ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1262064 (stock #746)
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Waves of color belt this unusual form by Usui Kazunari enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 20 inches (50 cm) tall, roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Usui Kazunari was born in Seto city, Aichi in 1954, and graduated the Nagoya University of Art, sculpture division in 1977. He immediately apprenticed under Kato Shuntei, where he remained until establishing his own kiln in 1983. He has been often displayed at the Nihon Dento Kogeiten and Nihon Togeiten...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1263286 (stock #583)
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Few foreign potters are able to embrace the Japanese aesthetic as well as Jeff Shapiro. Here is a piece from his second solo exhibition in Tokyo dated 1991. This piece is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Shapiro was born in New York in 1949. He studied ceramics in Japan from 1973 to 1980, returning to America to build an Anagama kiln in New York in 1981. Works by him are held in numerous American Museums, including Museum of Ceramic Art,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1263512 (stock #521)
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This is a stunner; a piece exemplifying the style of this incredible artist! Radical black florals decorate the rich iron sides of the bowl, tapering ever so slightly closed toward the top to help trap the aroma of the green tea within. Imagine the color contrast of dark earth-tones with the foamy maccha inside! It comes enclosed in a fine kiri-wood box endorsed by Kawai Koha, current head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. The bowl is 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) in diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1264927 (stock #648)
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Ash runs in glassy rivulets down the sand textured sides of this large work by Tsuboshima Dohei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The undulating rim calls to mind ancient firing traditions, the intense heat of the kiln warping the forms as they turn near molten. This exceptional piece is roughly 10 inches (24.5 cm) tall, 11 inches (28 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition. Born in Osaka, 1929, Dohei apprenticed under the eclectic Kawakita Handeishi immediately following World W...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1265022 (stock #749)
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A small tsurukubi (crane neck) vase wrapped in verdant green over applied gold by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter, 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1265578 (stock #754 )
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Amazing Glaze on this unusual three sided vase by Iga artist Atarashi Kanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Shell shapes are impressed into the thick green fromwhere it was supported in the kiln. Able to be used either standing or on its back, this is a superb work. It is 15 inches (39 cm) long 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (11.5 x 14 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Kanji was born in Osaka in 1944, and graduated the Osaka College of Craft design. After 3 years in Kobe, and 4 in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1265672 (stock #660)
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A set of five Kama-hen Cups by Iga artist Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Exquisitely formed, with a wide stable base featuring four slight arches rising slightly from the table, creating a sense of light weight despite the wide bottom. There are small cuts of clay taken from the sides and the entire is covered in white slip revealing highlights of the underlying clay at the ridges. Each is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, roughly 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and all are i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1265849 (stock #663)
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A pair of celadon Te-shoku candle sticks by contemporary potter Orita Tatsuya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The elegantly sculpted base rises to a dish in which is imbedded a brass pin to secure the candle, with a long tapering handle. The handle features a bamboo nodule decoration in the center, with a curl of clay at the end, the rough edges of which, like a shaving of planed wood contrasting with the perfection of the form. Each is roughly 9-1/2 inches (18 cm) long, 4-1/2 inc...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1265860 (stock #758)
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A beautiful example of Oni Shino by world famous Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in a wooden box signed by his student Ayukai Kogetsu. Wild glazing and a dark burn on one side define the work, showing reason for this artists great demand. Signed on the base it is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1266744 (stock #763)
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A large pulled, rolled and torn Oribe slab dish covered with translucent green by Ishii Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 24 x 11 inches (61 x 28 cm) and in fine condition.
Ishii Takahiro was born in Gunma prefecture in 1980 and has taken Japan by storm after graduating the Kyoto Municipal University of Art and an apprenticeship under Kakurezaki Ryuichi. A true rising star in the Ceramics world
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1266976 (stock #766)
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Red tinges the deeply fissured celadon on this massive basin by Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seiji Benisai Hachi (Celadon with red flamed Basin). Rising from a narrow foot, the piece seems to float in the air, gold and red shining through the cracks in the fissured glaze. It is 18 inches (46 cm) diameter, 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. Due to size and weight this piece will require special shipping consideration. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1266977 (stock #767)
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A tall bamboo shaped vase covered in crisped green ash glaze by Hayashi SHotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hai-yu Take-tsutsu Hana-Ire. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, roughly 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Shotaro is perhaps one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyond tradition, glaze research and firing technique, to a place of inception. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother Kotaro, ending when he estab...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1267004 (stock #628)
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The feldspar covering this unusual torn and ragged form by Hayashi Shotaro is dominated by fire-colored red. It is quite an amazing thing to behold. The body is hollowed out from a solid block of clay, the sides cut away into an abstract star shape which has then been gouged, scraped and torn, then capped by a delicate umbrella of red-orange. It is 8 inches (19 cm) diameter, 7 inches (17 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shotaro is one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyon...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1267135 (stock #768)
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Spectacular keshiki resulting from the combination of multiple kiln affects and textures defines this large footed slab by Kanzaki Shiho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14 x 20 inches (36 x 51 cm) and in excellent condition.
Kanzaki (b. 1942) prefers firing his kiln for ten days, resulting in the rich textures and heavy ash deposits apparent on this Tsubo. He began life born in Shigaraki, and was fast tracked into the Kansai University Law Department, but rather the li...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1267315 (stock #771)
A pair of thick Oribe slab dishes heavily raked and splashed with green by Ishii Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. They are 8 inches (20 cm) square each and in fine condition.
Ishii Takahiro was born in Gunma prefecture in 1980 and has taken Japan by storm after graduating the Kyoto Municipal University of Art and an apprenticeship under Kakurezaki Ryuichi. A true rising star in the Ceramics world
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1268561 (stock #774)
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A large platter by Nakazato Yoshitaka enclosed in the original wooden box titled Ame-yu Kinsai Itazara. It is 20 x 10-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (51 x 26.5 x 6 cm) and is in fine condition.
Yoshitaka was born the son of Nakazato Shigenori (Third so of Muan) in 1958. He apprenticed under his father initially after graduating the Saga Prefectural Arita Industrial Kiln in 1976. Four years later he moved to Kyoto to study under Miyagawa Kosai, who provides tea ceramics to the various tea schools in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1269696 (stock #782)
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A Thickly glazed spirally faceted Shino Tsubo by Hayashi SHotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. It is 15 inches (37 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shotaro is perhaps one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyond tradition, glaze research and firing technique, to a place of inception. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother Kotaro, ending when he established his own kiln in 1974. Since then his list of exhibitions an...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1270477 (stock #785)
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A voluminous Tsubo by Yamato Yasuo enclosed in the original wooden box titled Hagi Bisai Kohiki-kake Tsubo and dating circa 1990. It is 14 inches (36 cm) diameter, 12 inches (31 cm) tall and in fine condition. Due to size this piece will require special shipping consideration.
It is likely no collector of Hagi will need an introduction to this innovative artist. Yamato Yasuo was born in 1933 to a long line of Hagi potters. He learned under his father Harunobu and grandfather Shoroku. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1270780 (stock #787)
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A sake set by Takauchi Shugo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shugo Shuni Sono Ni, Aka-e and dated 1999. The box contains two cups, one tall and thin, one short and stout, and one Tokkuri, all in similar design. The set was from a solo exhibition held at the Nipponbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo, January 1999. The tokkuri is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, and all are in fine condition. The box contains the original exhibition invitation as well, and has been decorat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1271834 (stock #708)
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An angular pottery form covered in Seto glaze by Kawamoto Taro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The pierced sides are reminiscent of an oki-goro (an incense burner placed over a dish in which incense burns). It is 18 x 8 x 9 inches (46 x 20 x 23 cm) and in excellent condition, consistent with works dating from the later 80s.
Kawamoto Taro (b 1955) graduated Aichi prefectural art university in 1977. He has been exhibited and awarded at many national and international events i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1272124 (stock #789)
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A beautiful example of Oni Shino by world famous Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in a wooden box signed by his student Ayukai Kogetsu. Wild glazing and a dark burn on the rim define the work, showing reason for this artists great demand. Signed on the base it is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 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 pref...
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A huge ice-cold blue tinged slab by Suzuki Kenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box perfect for an aray of Sashimi! It is 66 x 28 cm (26 x 11 inches) and is in fine condition. The four half-round feet were added after the firing.
Born into a long line of Kyoto potters, Suzuki Kenji studied initially (as did his brother Takuji) of course under his father Suzuki Kiyoshi. He graduated from the Kyoto University of Fine Arts in 1957 where he studied under Kondo Ryuzo, Tomimoto Kenki...