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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 : Pre 2000 item #1436127 (stock #1601)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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Austere Bizen clay in the traditional large Tokkuri form by Yukuyoshi Manabu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen O-Dokkuri. This piece was exhibited at the 6th Chunichi Kokusai Togeiten International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, the original catalog in which this piece is published included. It is classic Bizen! The bottle is 9 inches (22.5 cm) diameter, 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It harkens from that ideal of "tsuchi no aji" or flavor of the clay, r...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1437683 (stock #1622)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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Delicate flowers in blue on this vase by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shuyo Kokyo Kabin. Kokyo is the Chines Bellflower. Shuyo is a type of pottery developed by and unique to Rokubei VI whereupon the image is painted onto the pot, then covered with impure pine ash glaze resulting in a very wabi-sabi aesthetic. This vase is 25 cm (10 inches) tall and in excellent condition dating from the 1970s.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1437939 (stock #1627)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$1,300.00
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A seminal work by Shigaraki legend Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Here you will find no overt extension of the self, no insertion of ego, no attempt at distraction, only the true mastery of this artist and his ability. Absolute perfection in form shows his mastery of throwing, blemish-less surface his time spent preparing and purifying the clay, and superlative flow of natural ash his skill at placement in the kiln and the firing process. It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1440142 (stock #1659)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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Iron glaze with hakeme brushed slip design by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Chawan. There is something of a midcentury abstract expressionist painting to it, with minimal coloration, it stands out in its minimalism and simplicity with a quiet elegance. The brush stroke is consistent both inside and out, not allowing a boundary at the rim. It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter, 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Koie Ryoji (1938-20...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1440143 (stock #1660)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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A humble crackled white bowl by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Chawan. Inside drops of spilled ink and a bit of blank canvas (raw earth) like a minimalist painting from the 1950s. It is 14.5 cm (5-5/8 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Koie Ryoji (1938-2020)) was born in Tokoname and graduated the Tokoname industrial school before moving on to work at a tile factory in 1957, where he would lose two fingers in an in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1440144 (stock #1661)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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An odd shaped bottle by Koie Ryoji and Alex Terma (Spanish potter b. 1946) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1990 and titled Sakuhin, Alekusu Teruma (Work, Alex Terma). This is a very rare gassaku, a collaboration by both artists, a conversation between East and West. It is reminiscent of the distinctive Yatsure (Broken) Tea accoutrements which are made to emulate the Japanese aesthetic of age and decay (wabi-sabi). It is 28 cm (11 inches) diameter, 23 cm (9 inches) tall and in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1440173 (stock #1663)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$1,750.00
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An elegant basin by Fukami Sueharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seihakuji Sanso Hachi. It is 21 cm (8-1/4 inches) diameter, 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Fukami Sueharu is synonymous with seihakuji celadon. Born in Kyoto in 1947, he graduated the Kyoto Ceramics Research School in 1965. It was in 1981 that he was first recognized followed by grand prize at the Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition the following year. In ’84 he would be awarde...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1440876 (stock #1666)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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Blades of thick autumn grass in white silhouette against the ember-red background of this thickly glazed and pin-holed Shino vase by Living National Treasure Suzuki Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Shino Hanaike. It is 25.5 cm (10 inches) tall, 12 cm (5 inches) dimeter and in excellent condition.
Suzuki Osamu was born in Gifu prefecture in 1934, and graduated the Tajimi Technical School ceramics division in 1953. That same year he was awarded at the 6th Dent...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1441127 (stock #1669)
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A very unusual domed box shaped vase by Morino Taimei decorated with green dots and purple numbers on a rich textured blue enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iro-e Tabimakura (Colorful Travel Pillow). It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) square, 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall excluding the handles, and is in excellent condition, as can be seen there is a water stain in the upper right corner of the box lid.
Morino Taimei was born in Kyoto in 1934, and was first accepted into the Nitten N...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1441211 (stock #1676)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$700.00
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A tapered lid caps this small circular ceramic box by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zogan Kogo. It is 3 inches (8 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
After serving in World War II, Tatsuzo apprenticed under world famous Mashiko Mingei potter Hamada Shoji, establishing his own kiln in 1954. Working with rope patterns, Tatsuzo set out to create a style unique to himself, resulting in the piece you see here, which is quintes...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1442152 (stock #1682)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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A complete set of the twelve animals of the zodiac by Miyashita Zenji, each enclosed in the original signed wooden box retaining the original Shifuku and Shiori. Sizes vary from 8 up to 16 cm (3 to 6 inches) and all are in excellent condition.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Miyashita Zenju, and graduated the Kyoto Municipal University of Art under Kiyomizu Kyubei and Kusube Yaichi. Starting with the most difficult, he worked from Celadon, which relies on s...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1442918 (stock #1689)
A doe, messenger of the gods of Kasuga shrine, decorates the lid of this iconic incense box by Living National Treasure Tsukamoto Kaiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seihakuji Shika Kogo. The diaphanous creature rests recumbent, the porcelain thin and delicate. Scattered glaze cracks (Kanyu) purposely create a sense of the ephemeral, as if the apparition will dissipate at any moment, begging us to live in the now, and extolling the Japanese idea of Ichigo Ichie, every momen...
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...