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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 : Contemporary item #1445144 (stock #1730)
A beautiful Caribbean blue bottle by Karatsu Legend Inoue Toya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The color is quite unusual in his oeuvre, as is the paddled sloping shape. It is 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) tall, 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter at the base and is 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 multifa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1445065 (stock #1729)
Ash fills the embedded patterns on this Kiln-altered Tsutsu-gata bowl by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yohen Zogan Jomon Wan. Crisp black charring and the various depths of ash are a bit of a departure for this artist whose work is often sedate, relying on the texture and patterns of the Jomon rope design over dependence on colorful glazes. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1445000 (stock #1728)
Horses dash past in a fervent black mass both carved into and built up onto the paddled surface of this large vessel ballooning open from a narrow base by Nakazato Tarouemon XIII enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Inside the box is written Tataki Tsubo (Paddled Vessel), Kurabe Uma (Horse Race), exhibited Autumn 1958 at the Tokyo Mitsukoshi Sports Theme Art Exhibition; Ochawangama, Nakazato Tadao (given name of Nakazato Tarouemon XIII) followed by the artists seal. An excellent exampl...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1444767 (stock #1726)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$1,400.00
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Simple copper green glaze pooling in clouds of deep foamy blue like some mid century abstract expressionist painting coats this large serving plate by Sodeisha legend Suzuki Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Roku-yu O-sara (Green Glazed Platter). It is 36.5 cm (14-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Suzuki Osamu (1926-2001) was, along with Kumakura Junkichi, Hikaru Yamada and Yagi Kazuo, one of the founding members of Sodeisha. He studied pottery at t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1444617 (stock #1725)
A faceted gourd shape of twisting lobes in soft green celadon by Sodeisha legend Suzuki Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Suzuki Osamu (1926-2001) was, along with Kumakura Junkichi, Hikaru Yamada and Yagi Kazuo, one of the founding members of Sodeisha. He studied pottery at the Daini Kogyo Gakko in Kyoto. In 1948 he helped to establish Sodeisha. He received the JCS award in 1959 (and was granted the ra...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1444592 (stock #1724)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$2,400.00
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A complete set of 12 Tokkuri sake flasks by Imaizumi Imaemon XII enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Each is uniquely decorated with a delicately rendered image of one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. With a diverse enough crowd, each person could drink from their own sign. Each piece is in perfect condition. They are all identical in height and shape. roughly 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Imaizumi Imaemon XII (1897-1975) was born the second son...
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 : Contemporary item #1444383 (stock #1722)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$560.00
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A black Porcelain vessel from the Divergence series which the artist says “can be used to serve sake or tea” titled Kuro Jiki Tsugiguchi (Black porcelain pourer). It is 9 x 15 x 6 cm (3-1/2 x 6 x 2-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition, from the artist late last year. 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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1444295 (stock #1721)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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Five serene white concave disks set on unique bases by Kato Yoshiyasu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box titled Asobi Kodai Hai, Gokyaku Soroi (Playful Foot Five Sake Cup Set). Each cup is roughly 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) diameter, and all are in excellent condition, from the artist this year. This set was assembled by the artist specifically for our gallery, and is the only boxed set like it in the world.
Kato Yoshiyasu was born in Aichi prefecture in 1985, and...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1444145 (stock #1718)
A heavily encrusted glossy sake flask by Tanimoto Kei compliments a Guinomi displaying a rustic matte finish by his son Tanimoto Takeshi enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes titled Iga Tokkuri and Iga Guinomi respectively. Bīdoro glaze (a type of natural wood ash glaze formed by firing, named from vidro, the Portuguese word for glass) coalesces into a yellow crystal rivulet on one side of the Tokkuri, opposite is a shadow of gray ash. The Cup on the other hand, bears heavy scorch mar...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1444144 (stock #1717)
Rust covers the dilapidated pump form of this unusual sake server (shuchu) by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes titled simply Shuchu. Ash mingles with the feldspar punctuated raw clay and iron on the surface, the top burst open like some old rusted can, the handle bent and tired. It would also make a great vase at 14.5 x 10 x 15 cm (5-3/4 x 4 x 6 inches) and is in excellent condition, from the artist this spring, the only one like this I have ever seen him make. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1444107 (stock #1715)
A hefty black lacquer infused guinomi by Kodai Ujiie covered in this Ki-seto glaze with flashes of thick white peeling off the surface enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kiseto Shikoku Guinomi. It is a pleasure to hold, the texture a tactile sensation. The slightly oblong vessel is roughly 9 cm (3-1/2 to 4 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from the artist this spring.
Kodai Ujiie was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in 1990, and graduat...
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 #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 : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1444033 (stock #1595)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$600.00
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A splendid antique cut glass cup selected and decorated by contemporary female lacquer artist Arai Etsuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Glass Maki-e Hai, Yoake (Glass Sake Cup named Breaking Dawn). She said that when she first saw the glass in a street market, she instantly envisioned how the engraved patterns could be accentuated by colors and powdered precious metals. Here an interesting comparison of techniques is possible. The bowl is decorated outside, first with laye...
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1444000 (stock #1713)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$375.00
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Gold flecks twinkle like stars in the night sky inside this free form dry lacquer sake cup by female lacquer artist Arai Etsuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is made of multiple layers of cloth, paper and lacquer with the final layer dusted with mother of pearl and gold flakes, polished down to a dull sheen. It is the cup 7 cm (2-1/2 inches) diameter, new from the artist in perfect condition.
Arai Etsuko (born in Kanagawa in 1980) apprenticed under Hiroshi Okada after ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443999 (stock #1712)
Capricious designs in iron on white between geometric grids decorate this Tokkuri accompanied by a colorful earthy toned guinomi by Japan based potter Richard Milgrim, each enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka-Oribe Sake Cup and Aka Oribe Tokkuri respectively. One simply can be nothing but lighthearted when drinking from this set. The Tokkuri is 15 cm (6 inches) tall, the cup 6.5 cm (2-1/2 inches) diameter, new from the artist in perfect condition.
Richard Milgrim (b. 19...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443955 (stock #1708)
Iridescent flames lick up the six pitted black glaze while finger marks give a view of the blackened clay which forms this amazing black Raku Sake Cup by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Yohen Guinomi. Opposite silver and red blend in a smokey cosmos on the moon-cratered surface. 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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443874 (stock #1523)
Platinum thorns erupt from the brilliant smooth orange body of this Guinomi by Masatomo Toi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. When I asked the artist about his concept, he explained the clay body is the individual formed by self-image, societal pressure, ego, all the things which constrict our actions and channel our emotions. The thorns are the true inner self bursting out of the surface, irrepressible, they pierce the shell and shine like the sun. Though the visible surface may b...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443870 (stock #1711)
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The best sake related piece I have ever seen by Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled very simply Tokkuri. The draping curves and weep of color is superb, and sets this above all others. Michio has long been inspired by archaic forms, and this is reminiscent of the roughly 5000-year-old Jomon Venus (a National Treasure) unearthed in Chino, Nagano prefecture. His coloration seems derived from ancient Sue-ki ware, and he goes to great lengths to erode the pots, allott...
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 : 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 : 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 : Contemporary item #1443496 (stock #1707)
A hint of silver glimmers on the rim of this White Raku Sake Cup by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shiro Raku Guinomi. This silver effect is uncontrollable, and only comes out ona few of his white raku pieces. Below the fire blackened clay sets off the white like winter snow receding from the garden stones. It is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter, 4.5 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari wa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1443495 (stock #1706)
Iridescent red shimmers like coals deep in the flames inside this black Raku Sake Cup of flaring form by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Yohen Guinomi. Outside metallics blend with the pitted black glaze and smokey reds, making it a pleasure to both see and hold. It is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter, 4.5 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has f...
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 : 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 : 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 #1443221 (stock #1700)
This undulating Sake bottle dressed in brilliant green and dark rust seems to dance with its short companion, an almost comical set sure to set the tone for a good bottle of sake. They are by Murakoshi Takuma, made with his signature shi-seki studded Shigaraki clay dripping with crystalline green ash accented with a cascade of dark iron. Each comes enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes. The Tokkuri is a touch smaller than usual, the hai (cup) wide and shallow, to allow f...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443220 (stock #1699)
An orthodox wheel turned sake bottle in pale glaze by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi Haku-yu Tokkuri. The artists fingers clearly groove the bottle in a steady upward spiral, a flash of raw clay revealed on one side while the pale pitted glaze covers all else. It is 13 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condtion, retaining the original shifuku and shiori.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi’s most well-known and ea...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443217 (stock #1698)
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A refined set of Tokkuri and Sake-cup by Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Shuki. Exquisite, the flask is more delicate than usual, with a long diaphanous spout and decidedly thin rim. This is made for a discerning drinker, entirely about quality not volume. The cup too is perfectly formed with a thin rim everted ever so slightly, a pleasure to drink from. This set is the perfect complement to a true kaiseki meal. The bottle is 12 cm (4-5/8 inches) tall, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443216 (stock #1697)
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Blue glaze fills in the embedded patterns in this Tokkuri by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gosu Zogan Jomon Tokkuri. The vibrant blue is a bit of a departure for this artist whose work is often sedate, relying on the texture and patterns of the Jomon rope design over dependence on colorful glazes. It is 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Shimaoka Tatsuzo (1919-2007) was born in Tokyo and enrolled in the Tokyo K...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443202 (stock #1696)
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Although I love Bizen pottery for myself, I rarely offer it on the website as the colors are so subtle and designs often so very Japanese. This Chawan by (certainly for her era) the rare female potter Konishi Toko II is a striking exception. It stands out in a room of Bizen as if ringing a bell. This bowl is slightly smaller than normal, with a feminine grace to be found in the gentle curves, 10.5 cm diameter, 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition enclosed in the original sign...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1443151 (stock #1695)
Showing another side of this potter, known for his striking Caribbean blue gazes, here is a rusty sunshine by Furuno Yukiharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yellow River Glazed Bottle. It is 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter, 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Furuno Yukiharu (b. 1943) states his original ceramic glaze represents the calmness and beauty of the sky, ocean and the depths of the earth. He has exhibited and or been awarded at the Nihon De...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1443149 (stock #1694)
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The organic shapes of Kakurezaki Ryuichi have always been fascinating, less formed by the potters hands and more as if they dripped from the kiln roof, solidifying in the conflagration. This vase, covered in flying ash, is a perfect example of that, it even now appears to be withering in the heat. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yohen Kaki or kiln altered vase and retains the original shifuku and shiori. The vessel is 17 x 21 x 23 cm (7 x 8 x 9 inches) and is in exc...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1443078 (stock #1693)
An exquisite plate by legendary Okabe Mineo enclosed in a wooden box titled Benishino Hirabachi, annotated inside: Work of Mineo Sensei signed and sealed by Kuroda Totoan. There is something very intimate about this artist and his work, the glaze is thin, reealing the body of the work and you can feel the potters hands in the clay. It is 32.5 cm (13 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Okabe Mineo (1919-1990) was born the first son of important artist Kato Tokuro, however the...