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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 : Contemporary item #1427517 (stock #1520)
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Iron, Cobalt, Ash and Feldspar cover every facet of this dramatic basin by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Daizara (Spring and Autumn Footed Dish). The artist calls this combination of Fledspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season. Here we have the addition of cobalt, which has created a midnight blue pool in the center of the bowl. It is 29 cm (11-1/2 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall a...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1427545 (stock #1522)
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I find this piece captivating, the golden thorns rupturing the rough and blank matte white clay. 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 be flat, rough-hewn, colorful, torn, mat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1428110 (stock #1526)
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A vibrant double vase covered in signature naïve designs by Yamashita Moe enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Morinoyoru (Night in the forest). It is 12 x 24.5 x 27 cm (5 x 10 x 11 inches) and is in excellent condition. Her work is filled with joie de vie, and one cannot escape a smile when viewing it. Even the box is painted with a bright green silhouette of the vase, titled and signed in pink!
Yamashita Moe graduated the Kyoto Zokei University of Art in 2004. Her work h...
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.
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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 : Glass : Contemporary item #1429021 (stock #1540)
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A minor divergence into one of the other plastic arts, here a silver flecked image of a carp made as a hanging vase by the iconic Kuroki Kuniaki accompanied by a signed wooden placard. It is 28 x 19 x 14 cm (11 x 7-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Kuroki Kuniaki was born in Miyazaki prefecture in 1945. He began his career employed straight out of school by the Yamaya Glass Company in 1963. It would only be a decade later that he would venture out on his own, to begin cr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1430201 (stock #1557)
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A fabulous pair of deep sake cps by Nakagawa Jinenbo in the original signed wooden box titled E-Karatsu Guinomi retaining the Shiori and Shifuku. Each is 7 cm (2-5/8) inches tall and in excellent condition. A quintessential Karatsu work by this definitive artist.
Nakagawa Jinenbo (1953-2011) was always fascinated with Karatsu ware, and studied under the great Inoue Toya from the age of 24. Several years later he returned to his hometown to establish a climbing kiln of his own, which he ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1430242 (stock #1558)
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Mukoyama Fumiya enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zogan Yusai Fusha-mon Tsubo (Color Inlayed Wind Mill Pattern Tsubo). It is 25 cm (10 inches) diameter, 22 cm (8-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Mukoyama Fumiya was born in Tokyo in 1960, graduating the Kyoto Ceramic Research institute before apprenticing in Hagi under 15th generation Sakakura Shinbei in 1984. He spent time in Shiga before settling in Mashiko in 1990, establishing his own kiln in 1993. The followi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1430341 (stock #1559)
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A Wangata (bowl-shaped) White Raku Tea Bowl by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shiro-Raku Chawan. Blanks of pale gray left by the artists fingers, and a plethora of gray freckles make for an interesting landscape. It is 11.5 to 13 cm (4-1/2 to 5 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1430713 (stock #1563)
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Incredible iridescent reds like licks of flame envelope this black Tsutsu-chawan by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku-yaki Yohen Tsutsu Chawan (Kiln Altered Raku Tea Bowl). Both texture and coloring, it is unparalleled among similar works I have seen by him. It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 10.5 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431002 (stock #1569)
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A deep, perfectly formed bowl covered in plates of various colors, the signature style of Mukoyama Fumiya enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kyo-mon Chawan (Border Pattern Teabowl). One of three in stock, each with unique designs, it is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Mukoyama Fumiya was born in Tokyo in 1960, graduating the Kyoto Ceramic Research institute before apprenticing in Hagi under 15th generation Sakakura Shinbei in 198...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431381 (stock #1572)
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One of the best I have ever seen by him. A metallic Shino Chawan by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Shino Yohen O-Chawan and named inside Rokugo (also read Rikugo) which is something to do with the ancient concept of the tertiary levels of heaven and earth. Rokugo is outside the Human realm, the universe, the heavens. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition complete with silk pouch and double wood black lacque...
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 : Contemporary item #1432019 (stock #1580)
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In fact it could be called Kurinuki Ishime Chawan, as the rough surface of this bowl by Inayoshi Osamu is created not only by carving or sculpting the bowl from a solid lump of clay, a technique called Kurinuki, but the artist then takes round stones with various textures he has gathered and works the surface with the stones, allowing the texture to transfer to the drying clay before glazing. A subtle but expressive difference noticed more by the one holding the bowl than one simply viewing it....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1432220 (stock #1584)
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Pale jade spots dot the incised surface of this unusual vase by Nagae Shigekazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box retaining the Shiori and Shifuku. The vase, if not for its distant, moon-like quality, has a very pop-art-presence, blending both the austerity of Japanese traditional aesthetics with contemporary art. Fun and moving; a haunting pleasure. It is 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall, 5 inches (13 cm) square at the base, 7 inches (19 cm) wide at the rim and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1432245 (stock #1585)
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A petaled vase in snow s\white porcelain with silver blossoming from the rim by Itaya Narumi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, from the artist this year. Itaya Narumi was born in Gifu in 1991, and graduated the Toki City Ceramics Research Facility in 2015. She has participated in several exhibitions since, with an emphasis on natural forms and tactile senses.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1432398 (stock #1402)
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A bottomless green pool by master of Seihakuji Kato Tsubusa enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Wan. A big telltale tear drop reaches down to grasp the table, exquisite. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kato Tsubusa was born in Tajimi city, the home of Shino, in 1962, graduating the municipal Pottery Design and Technical Center in 1979. However, after working some in pottery, he moved on to white porcelain, a leap from which he has nev...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1432865 (stock #1590)
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A stone formed bowl covered entirely in platinum by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box accompanied by the shiori and Shifuku. The bowl is carved and torn from a block of clay, then textured with natural stones specially selected for their surface patterns, splashed with glaze and then covered in platinum, creating dry. Matte regions punctuated by glistening liqid spatters. It is 10 cm (4 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition from the artist ...