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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 : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #680176 (stock #158)
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A mischievous bowl covered in dense ash by the late master Furutani Michio (1946-2000) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The ash is so thick as to almost pacify the ragged clay surface; its resonant peaks still visible underneath where the clay is roughest. Inside dark charring scars the back of the bowl where flame licked the surface, and rivulets of crusty green vein the gray skin. The bowl is almost 9 inches (22 cm) diameter, over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim. Three crispy spurs a...
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 #1321498 (stock #935)
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Shizen-yu ash glaze and deposits crust the surface of this large Shigaraki Tsubo by Hoshino Ryosai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Ryosai was born in Fukuoka, on Japan’s Southern Main Island in 1939, and was raised during the impoverished war years. Perhaps it is this will to live instilled through hardship which invigorates so much of this dynamic artists work. He is held in the collecti...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1269696 (stock #782)
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A Thickly glazed spirally faceted Shino Tsubo by Hayashi SHotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. It is 15 inches (37 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shotaro is perhaps one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyond tradition, glaze research and firing technique, to a place of inception. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother Kotaro, ending when he established his own kiln in 1974. Since then his list of exhibitions an...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #730361 (stock #197)
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A phoenix flairs majestically out in minute detail on this large sometsuke vase by Nakamoto Chikuzan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Written with an exacting hand, the bird is made up of hundreds of tiny strokes of the masters brush. Ordinarily we do not work with sometsuke however this is a powerful piece deserving exception. The vase is 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Nakamoto Chikuzan I (1911-2000) cultivated his roots at the Tobe Industrial School before emba...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #675160 (stock #145)
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A gorgeous orange tinted metal glaze speckles the surface of this large tsubo by Takahashi Wasaburo (who calls himself Wasa) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. The tsubo is 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) diameter, 11 inches (27 cm) tall and in fine condition. Wasaburo studied under Shigaraki Living National Treasure Ueda Naokata, from whom he received his kiln name, and later under Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi, who’s influence is evident here in the glaze. He has...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #867017 (stock #310)
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Splashes of earthen color decorate the deep sides of this large open dish by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The bowl is 15-1/2 (39 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.5 cm) tall. The box is worn but still sturdy, and the bowl is in perfect condition. Koichi graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine arts Where he later taught), and took up an apprenticeship under (later) Living National Treasure Tomimoto Kenkichi. With a very impressive career, Koi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #711448 (stock #184)
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A large bottle form vase covered in glassy green over dark swirling lines, a powerful presentation by Takemoto Genhichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12-1/2 inches (34 cm) tall 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Genhichi (Also Genshichi) studied at the osaka Municipal Art University then apprenticed to the 9th generation Shirai Hanshichi before branching out on his own. He has consistently stayed in the intimate world of private exhibitions, avoiding...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #905219 (stock #329)
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The thickly potted blue sides are splashed with silver on this large sculptural vessel by important Kyoto artist Morino (aki) Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 11-1/2 inches (29.5 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 Hokutosho prize at ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #972549 (stock #376)
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Another venture into the roots of modern ceramics with this large Tsubo by Nakajima Kiyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1940. The crackled cram colored glaze is etched through with scrolling vines from which hang wide leaves and bunchesof small flowers. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in fine condition. Nakajima Kiyoshi (1907-1986) was born in Kyoto and graduated the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility in 1923. He was first exhibited nationally at the 1930 Kok...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1140911 (stock #501)
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A family of Stonefish (Okoze), the deadliest fish in the world, swim across the pure white surface of this large Tsubo by Uchida Tadashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) diameter, 13 inches (34 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The box is titled Tetsu-e Okoze-Mon Tsubo (Tsubo decorated with Okoze fish in Iron) and includes a thank you card from the artist to the collector. A label tied to the box chord states it was purchased from an exhibition at Takashi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1367250 (stock #1137)
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The playful form of this pottery work by the ever lively Yangaihara Mutsuo seems to be overfull with joy, weeping out from the bottom to form a puddle below. It is enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro Oribe Choko and dated 1992. The vessel is 39 cm (16 inches) tall, 19 x 17 cm (7-1/2 x 7 inches) across the base and in excellent condition. This is a rare opportunity for one of the more greatly collected artists of recent years.
Yanigahara Mutsuo (b.1934) was raised in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1434191 (stock #1596)
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A dimpled bottle with crystalized yellow glaze pool by Sodeisha founder Yagi Kazuo enclosed in a wooden box annotated by his son Akira titled Fukutsubo (Jar of Fortune). This is an iconic work, the shape often published. A pool of yellow glass fills the concave center within a circle of tiny graffito dots. It is roughly 16 cm (6 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) was one of the most influential Avant Garde potters of 20th century Japan. He was born int...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1386883 (stock #1251)
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A textured glass leaf by Kobayashi Mitsugi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “Garasu-ban”. The artist has created ripples leading out to the edge, like water reflected in a pool. It is 10 x 8-1/2 x 1/2 inches (21 x 27 x 1.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Kobayashi Mitsugi, born in Aichi prefecture in 1932, and graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. He was awarded at the Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition) in 1973 K...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1410615 (stock #1376)
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A signature Kaki-yu vase with resist designs on the patchwork rust-colored sides by Hamada Shoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki-yu Yubi-e Kakubin dating from the 1970s. An excellent example of his mature style, it is 4 inches (10 cm) square, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) was born in Tokyo, and enrolled in the Tokyo Technical University at the age of 19. In 1918 he met the important British potter Bernard Leach, and t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1416978 (stock #1445)
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Floral motifs decorate the pale glazed panels on this Oblong bottle by LNT Hamada Shoji covered otherwise in Kaki-yu brick colored glaze and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki-yu Tetsu-e Henko. A signature example of the works he performed in the 1930s and 40s. It is slightly larger than normal, 22 cm (8-3/4 inches) tall 8 x 15.5 cm (3-1/4 x 6 inches) square and in excellent condition.
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) was born in Tokyo, and enrolled in the Tokyo Technical Univ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1410508 (stock #1375)
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A signature work decorated with finger twirls of poured glaze over the pale-colored sides of this bottle form by Hamada Shoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Monda Kakubin dating from the 1960s. It is 4 inches (10 cm) square, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition. What appear in the photographs to be at first glance three chips in the edge are in fact crawling in the glaze, see the last close-up for details.
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) was born in Tokyo, and ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1354250 (stock #1052)
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The conflagration seems to spin out from the center of this large Bizen plate by Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun titled Bizen O-hira-bachi. Rich red like the flames of the kiln burn in the center of the ash encrusted rim, while hidassuki lines of salt burn patterns into the surface. It is 15-1/2 inches (40 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Jun was born the second son to the prominent Bizen family of Isezaki Yozan. With his older brother Mitsuru he studied the plastic arts un...