Modern Japanese Ceramics Pottery Contemporary
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 #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...