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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 #660374 (stock #116)
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A huge Yakishime vessel by modern ceramicist Mihara Ken (b. 1958) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This piece has an almost haunting presence, the hada sandy and rough, you would think it could crumble in your hands, yet is fired so hot it rings like a bell when tapped. The dark grays and raw earth tones add to that sense of mystery, like something ancient discovered in a dark cave. The vase is 14-3/4 inches (37.5 cm) tall and 11-1/4 (28.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Ke...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #662899 (stock #123)
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An igneous Shigaraki hana-ire by the innovative young Mushin-Gama potter Kowari Tetsuya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter at the bottom. It is in perfect condition. Tetsuya was born in Fuji-city Shizuoka in 1970, and graduated the prestigious Meiji University. He has apprenticed under a number of teachers, taking a bit from each without allowing their direction to overpower his own personal style. He works in S...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #665388 (stock #128)
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A mentori square vase with odd openings by American artist Donna Gilliss dating circa 1988 enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A huge red moon circles over the dark charred clay. The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 4 x 5 inches (10 x 13 cm) square and in excellent condition. Like Kakurezaki Ryuichi and other Bizen greats, Donna studied under Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun in 1972, and later under Isezaki Mitsuru from 1973-1978. She opened her own kiln in 1979, and has been displ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #667643 (stock #133)
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A large Ruiza O-tsubo by Okada Teru (b. 1947) enclosed in the original signed wooden box purchased at a 2001 exhibition at the Osaka Takashimaya department Store. The entire surface has been cut with swirling facets, rising from red flame to charred dark earth. The tsubo is 16-1/2 inches (42 cm) tall, 13 inches (33 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. It retains the original exhibition guide and price card (500,000 yen, roughly 4,100 dollars). Born in Maidzuru, Kyoto prefecture, Teru app...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #668598 (stock #136)
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A sophisticated sculptural Bizen vase by rising Bizen star Watanabe Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Overlapping straps of clay rise to an unsuspecting end at the opening. The burnt red surface is mottled with soft charring and a smattering of green Shizen-Yu ash glaze. The piece is over 9 inches (23.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (19 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Takuma (b. 1968) learned the art of Bizen under the careful tutelage of Yamauchi Atsuyoshi followed by a stint...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #675432 (stock #146)
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Vivid red clay forms the thin smooth walls splattered with Shizen-yu Natural ash glaze of this unusual Tamba vase by Shimizu Masayoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) square, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. Masayoshi (b. 1955) learned the plastic arts under the tutelage of Tamba master potter Okami Noboru.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #679069 (stock #157)
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A large pottery box decorated with oribe patterns over textured Seto clay by Suzuki Goro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Iron designs in orange fill are supplanted by splashes of Oribe green. Inside the lid dragonflies circle over a snake in the base. Typical of this artist the piece is thickly potted and quite heavy, it is 7-1/2 inches (19.5 cm) square, 4-1/2 inches (12 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Goro has a list of shows and prizes too lengthy to go through, but the high...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #686251 (stock #167)
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Coral like texture seems to have settled on the shoulders of this sculpted Bizen vessel by artist Wakimoto Hiroyuki enclosed in the Original signed wooden box. The form is very natural, all curves and no glaze (it would make a great motto). Wakimoto is strongly influenced by the natural world and the shapes of ancient civilizations. From his native Japan to ancient China and Native American cultures, he assimilates and produces, all bending to his tools and wedges. This piece is roughly 8 in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #686513 (stock #169)
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A fantastic Mimitsuki fresh water container with rolling, sculptural corners very much in the style of the highly sought Bizen master Kakurezaki Ruichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 9 inches (23 cm) wide and in excellent condition, dating circa 1998. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #727167 (stock #194)
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Birds flit playfully in the rich foliage of a fiery maple on the front of this flattened ovoid vase by Nakamura Toshito enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The odd triangular opening is perfect for flower arrangement, offering place for larger branches to rest in the corners. The ovoid form appears to be hand formed, the clay raked and covered in white with hand-painted scenery in enamel over. The vase is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Toshito was simultaneou...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #745837 (stock #217)
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A squat vase by Bizen master Kakurezaki Ryuichi (b. 1950) enclosed in th original signed wooden box. A crisp line divides the upper pale ash coating and lower raw vitrified red clay. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) wide, 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in perfect condition. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with the ability to see the clays pot...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #764992 (stock #236)
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A Kuri-nuki mug and plate by important Hagi-yaki artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The cup is roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, the same diameter. The saucer is roughly 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter and both are in perfect condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #791009 (stock #258)
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A Nezumi-Shino tea bowl by Shino Artist Nakajima Masao (1922-present); the daring lines and rugged texture, in addition to the bold geometric patterns visible through the thick, pitted red glaze make this bowl quite outstanding. The artists’ stamp is impressed beside the Kodai, and it comes in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The large bowl measures 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter, just over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim and is in perfect condition, reminiscent of the famous Momoyama pe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #812233 (stock #277)
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A large and lovely platter by Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The wavelike surface traps the thick crystalline ash glaze in deep green pools, the edges left raw and exposed.  The excessive amount of glaze is typical of this artists work, and she is known for firing her kiln for up to 14 days straight.  The dish is roughly 1 foot (30 cm) square and in excellent condition.  Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artis...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #818380 (stock #282)
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An unusually large piece by Upcoming Bizen artist Wakimoto hiroyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Made as two slabs pushed together slightly ‚
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #831532 (stock #287)
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Icy-blue meanders like a waterfall through the crags and crevices forming the sides of this elongated Oribe wall vase by young artist Ito Katsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition, with a metal ring on back for hanging. Katsuhiko was born in Tsushima, Aichi prefecture in 1964, and raised in the heart of Mino ceramics. He apprenticed under Kato Shuntei in 1985. He has been displayed publicly at the Nihon Dento Togeiten (Nati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #835558 (stock #290)
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Hi-dasuki lines of red charring streak across the surface of this large Tokkuri Vase by Isezaki Mitsuru (b. 1934) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A smooth even profusion of bubbles welter about the clay, adding a tactile texture to the elongated body. The vase is over 20 inches (51.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Mitsuru was born to a family of potters, his father Yozan and brother Jun both very important in Bizen pottery. In 1998 Mitsuru was named a Prefectural Intangible C...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #853402 (stock #300)
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A huge museum quality pottery vase by Konishi Yohei (b.1941) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tokoname Sen-Jomon Tsubo. The vase is 17-1/2 inches (45 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and weighs 14 kg (30 lbs). It is in excellent condition, dating circa 1990. Yohei was born the son of Konishi Yusen in Tokoname city, graduating the Tokoname Ceramics institute in 1959. He was first accepted into the Modern Japan Ceramics Exhibition (Gendai Togeiten) in 1960 and has since rac...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #915271 (stock #338)
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A proud striated egg shaped orb floats above the square block forming the base of this sculpture by Matsumoto Hideo covered with enigmatic graffito. The object is 12-1/2 inches (31.5 cm) tall, 4 x 7 inches (11 x 18 cm) at the base, and is in excellent condition. This piece was purchased from an exhibition held in October, 1993, and a copy of a Newspaper article introducing the exhibition is enclosed with the piece. Hideo has been widely represented in Museum exhibitions throughout Japan. He w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #915551 (stock #340)
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The bodacious designs dominating the bold forms of Miyake Yojis work have drawn him many fans, one of which is this gallery owner, and this is a fine example enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 12 x 6 x 9 inches tall (30 x 15 x 23 cm). 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 Traditional Crafts) ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #921362 (stock #351)
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Sitg White crystalline glaze clings to the purple pitted sides of this fantastic set of 3 Mentori Shu-hai sake cups made especially for an exhibition in 2004 by Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Enclosed is the original exhibition invitation showing a similar set. 1 cup is 5 inches (12 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter; the others are roughly 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter. Toyohisa was born in 1962. His work is both original and fresh and h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #970539 (stock #372)
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A large Hidasuki Bizen Table by Shibaoka Nobuyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Two large circles beyond the burnt-straw remains gives the effect of the moon reflecting off water viewed through a rush of bamboo. The table is 17-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 4 inches (44 x 24.5 x 10 cm) and is in excellent condition. Nobuyoshi was born in 1950, the son of Ikkai. He graduated the Bizen Industrial High School and went on to apprentice at the Bizen Ceramics Research Institute followed by traini...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #974831 (stock #379)
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A slight deviation from the norm, here is a scroll depicting the character Tsubo by Shigaraki artist Koie Ryoji in liquid strokes, the outer lines dissipating into the paper canvas. Ink on paper in a dark cloth border and unusual metal glazed ceramic rollers. It measures 19 1/2 by 42 inches (49, 5 x 107 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #977800 (stock #385)
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A large slab of clay has been bent, torn pinched, and wrent into an abstract dish by Contemporary artist Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dish is 57 by 26 cm (22-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition. There are some minor dings and dents to the wooden box lid. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #979657 (stock #388)
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Striking black flashes of oil-spot glaze surface on this Tetsu-yu Tessai Tsubo by Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The speckeled Rust red-orange body is like looking on fire or smoldering coals from a distance. The pot is 14 inches (35 cm) tall, 12 inches (30 cm) diameter and in fine condition, purchased at the Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery Exhibition in 2006. Yasutaka was born into the pottery household of future Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi in 194...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #984422 (stock #393)
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A huge pottery bowl splashed with color by Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box inscribed as having been displayed at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten Traditional Crafts Exhibition. The basin is 17 inches (44 cm) diameter, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in fine condition. Yasutaka was born into the pottery household of future Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi in 1947. Although always involved in pottery, he began his official apprenticeship in the plastic arts under his fa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #984536 (stock #394)
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A superb example of the work of Kimura Morinobu enclosed in the original sgned wooden box. The cream colored crackle glaze is speckeld with flecks of iron an ishihaze with five Zen circles around the circumference, subtly calling to mind the Book of Five Rings (Miyamoto Musashi). The deep crevaces in the glaze and heafty load of the bowl are a pleasure to behold. It is 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in fine condition. Morinobu (b. 1932) was one of the born into a pot...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #985508 (stock #396)
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Reversing feathers pattern this unusual bowl titled Murasaki-Shino with a texture similar to Raku on hard fired body by Nara artist Shino Yaichiro dating from the early 1980s and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Very large in the hands, the bowl is 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #993276 (stock #402)
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A radical contemporary footed slab by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ashitsuki Nobe-zara. It is covered in Oribe green and red with a large blackened moon-like exclamation point in the fringe, pale white bleeding in about the edges. The slab is 51 x 21 x 6 cm (20 x 8-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches) and is in perfect condition. Born in Tokoname, 1938, Ryoji graduated the Tokoname industrial school and moved on to work at the City Ceramic Research Facility. In 1966 he establi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #993682 (stock #403)
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A large Egg shaped Zogan vase by Kobayashi Seiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Enigmatic lines score the oblong body, the map-like surface filled with blue, green and silver. Seiji is best known for this Zogan technique, and this work is a superb example. It measures 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) long, 7 inches (18.5 cm) tall and is in perfect condition. Seiji (b. 1945) studied initially at the Nagoya Research Facility. He moved to Kasama in 1979. In addition to a long list pf privat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #994278 (stock #404)
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A jagged metallic shard has embedded into the lavender shaded side of this deep Shiro-Hagi Chawan by Miwa Kazuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The sheered metallic ring gleems softly gold in the light, a stark contrast against the moon-like glow of the body. The bowl is both sculptural and functional, the best combination. It measures 4 inches (10.5 cm) deep, 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and is in perfect condition. I hope you will take time to see the box being offered by his b...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1058751 (stock #416)
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The glaze on this sculpted form by The Bear of Echizen Kumano Kuroemon (also Kurouemon) is covered in the most fantastic crustations of glaze. Thick white over scarred red over shatterd black on an unconventional shape the artist has titled marukawara (round tile). It has Tomo everything, Artists history, wrapping cloth, with his ubiquitous calligraphy all over the signed box. The piece is 29 x 17 x 8 cm (11-1/2 x 6-1/2 x 3 inches) and is in perfect condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1059615 (stock #417)
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The sides are scorched from flame on this large, flattened ball form tsubo by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The raw Shigaraki earth is scored with strikes from a paddle and deep gouges from the artist fingers. The Tsubo is roughly 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall, the same diameter. Born in Tokoname, 1938, Ryoji graduated the Tokoname industrial school and moved on to work at the City Ceramic Research Facility. In 1966 he established his own studio. Largely displayed and pri...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1062235 (stock #421)
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Graffito scrawls through the silver lining of this fine Chawan by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The rackish wave on the outside saunters away from the dip of the silver inside the rim, creating a very playful complexion. The bowl is 12.5 cm diameter, 7.5 cm tall and in perfect condition. An article clipped from a catalog shows a very similar bowl priced at the time at 200,000 yen.
Taimei was born in Kyoto in 1934, and was first accepted into the Nitten Natio...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1062433 (stock #422)
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A set of five Ginsai (silver decorated) Mukozuke bowls by Kyoto artist Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The blue is his signature color, silver and gold wavelets surrounding the silver basin. Striking, at the same time complimentary, everything we have come to expect from this artist. Each bowl is roughly 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. The box as well is like new. Taimei was born in Kyoto in 1934, and was first accepted into the Nitten Nationa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1062499 (stock #423)
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Silver streaks the thickly potted blue sides of this large squared bottle vessel by important Kyoto artist Morino (aki) Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 10 inches (21 x 11 x 25 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
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 the prestigious...