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.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493661 (stock #MC311)
A striking deep misshapen bowl by Gomi Kenji with coloration ranging from earthen tones to gray outside, inside yellow with blue at the rim enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Glass Yu Wan. It is roughly 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) diameter, the same height and is in perfect condition.
Gomi Kenjki was born in Nagano in 1978, and graduated the prestigious Waseda University in 2001, before going to study Tsuboya potting techniques in Naha, Okinawa. He moved to Toki City in Gifu, opening his own kiln in 2004. He was awarded the Judges prize at the Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition in 2008. He took the Show prize at the Nihon Togeiten National Ceramic Exhibition in 2011, and was awarded at the Kikuchi Bienale twice, and the Modern Tea wares Exhibition in 2014 before moving his studio to Kasama, Ibaraki in 2015. For more see New Forms, New Voices (2017) He is held in the collection of the V&A in London
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493660 (stock #MC310)
A striking deep misshapen bowl by Gomi Kenji with coloration ranging through the gray zone into red enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Glass Yu Wan. It is roughly 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) diameter, the same height and is in perfect condition.
Gomi Kenjki was born in Nagano in 1978, and graduated the prestigious Waseda University in 2001, before going to study Tsuboya potting techniques in Naha, Okinawa. He moved to Toki City in Gifu, opening his own kiln in 2004. He was awarded the Judges prize at the Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition in 2008. He took the Show prize at the Nihon Togeiten National Ceramic Exhibition in 2011, and was awarded at the Kikuchi Bienale twice, and the Modern Tea wares Exhibition in 2014 before moving his studio to Kasama, Ibaraki in 2015. For more see New Forms, New Voices (2017) He is held in the collection of the V&A in London
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1493606 (stock #MC799)
A bold modern form in abstract Picaso gray patterns by Yanagihara Mutsuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saimon Unkimon Kabin. It is 20 cm diameter 29.5 cm (just under 12 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Yanigahara Mutsuo (b.1934) was raised in Seto, and studied in Kyoto along with contemporary Morino Taimei with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. His work is largely sculptural, and his choice of colors is his reflection on the decadence of Japanese society. A list of exhibitions and awards would be much too long but includes the Japan Ceramics Society Gold prize in 2002. Listed as one of the most influential potters of the 20th century in the Japanese ceramics magazine Honoho Geijutsu, he is held in the Museum of Modern Art, both Tokyo and Kyoto (MOMAT, MOMAK), The National Museum of Art, Osaka, V&A, Great Victoria Art Gallery, Portland and any number of other prominent public and private collections throughout the world. For more see Japanese Studio Crafts, Tradition and the Avant Garde by Rupert Faulkner. According to the V&A his “work is striking for its blend of dynamism, colour and wit. A leading figure among Kyoto artists, Yanagihara has taught at Osaka University of Arts since 1968. Yanagihara's application of brightly coloured abstract motifs to vessel forms with anatomical, sometime sexually explicit features - a combination with which he first experimented in the late 1960s and early 1970s - has been a characteristic of his work for the past fifteen years. As in the case of Morino Taimei, a close friend and exact contemporary at Kyoto City University of Arts in the late 1950s, Yanagihara has been considerably influenced by the experiences he gained during two periods of teaching in the United States in 1966-8 and 1972-4. His use of gold and silver - a wry comment, he has explained, on the decaying values of contemporary society and the corruption of Japan's political system - echoes the extravagant style of certain North American artists.”
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493590 (stock #MC174)
A wide open vase in burnt orange clay covered in natural ash blaze by Furutani Taketoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu Yohen Kame Tsubo. Perfect for a large flower display, it is 24 x 25 x 21 cm (9-1/2 x 10 x 8-1/4 inches) and is in perfect condition, directly from the artist.
Furutani Taketoshi was born the son of master craftsman Furutani Hirofumi in 1974, graduating the Shigaraki Industrial High School Ceramics department in 1992 before entering the Shiga prefectural Ceramics Research Facility studying wheel technique, graduating the following year. He then did a year apprenticeship at a pottery before re-entering for a second course at the Research Facility, graduating in 1995. From that year he returned to the family kiln, receiving the family tradition from both his grandfather Furutani Churoku and father Furutani Hirofumi. Subverting the self, he makes simple, organic pots which have a timeless quality, very much rooted in the now, but paying homage to the traditions past down through the ages. He was named a Designated Traditional Craftsman (Dento Kogeishi) in 2013. He has exhibited with the Nihon Dento Kogeiten among others, and still works closely with his father at the family kiln.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493393 (stock #MC025)
A Thorny series guinomi in bright matte yellow with glistening spikes by Masatomo Toi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 x 6 x 5.5 cm (roughly 2-1/2 inches diameter) plus the glinting golden thorns and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Masatomo Toi was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1992, and graduated the Design course at the Tajimi Ceramics Research Facility in 2019. Since he has been developing his series of “Thorny” vessels and objects. At the same time he has been studying the way of tea, and these bowls are his first unadorned venture into the tea world (although we will also offer a few striking horned chawan as well). His works have been featured in a number of group and juried exhibitions. He is currently on a year of study and experimentation in Australia, and we expect great things in his future.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493302 (stock #MC157)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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A stellar work by Furutani Taketoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu ware-Yohen Tsubo. Fired on its side, a heavy deposit of ash glaze from the 5 day firing blasts the clay, traveling in amber rivulets to gleaming beads around the fractured clay opposite. The mouth of the jar is classic Muromachi style, while the firing technique delves deep into the past while maintaining a proud modernity. It is 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) diameter, 32 cm (13 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Furutani Taketoshi was born the son of master craftsman Furutani Hirofumi in 1974, graduating the Shigaraki Industrial High School Ceramics department in 1992 before entering the Shiga prefectural Ceramics Research Facility studying wheel technique, graduating the following year. He then did a year apprenticeship at a pottery before re-entering for a second course at the Research Facility, graduating in 1995. From that year he returned to the family kiln, receiving the family tradition from both his grandfather Furutani Churoku and father Furutani Hirofumi. Subverting the self, he makes simple, organic pots which have a timeless quality, very much rooted in the now, but paying homage to the traditions past down through the ages. He was named a Designated Traditional Craftsman (Dento Kogeishi) in 2013. He has exhibited with the Nihon Dento Kogeiten among others, and still works closely with his father at the family kiln.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493301 (stock #MC141)
An architectural pottery sculpture made up of undulating walls delineating chambers within by Aso Rando titled Catfish. It is tantalizingly sculpted, the various rooms of squared clay walls belying the organic, undulating form of the fish. The sculpture is 22 x 10-1/2 x 7 inches (56 x 26.5 x 18 cm) and is in excellent condition. It comes with a signed placard by the artist.
Aso Rando was born in Nara in 1983. Finishing the Kanazawa College of Art in 2009 led to a year in research at the Tokoname Municipal Research Facility before settling in Tajimi city. He first exhibited with the 45th Chunichi Ceramics exhibition in 2006, but has chosen a different path from the normal large national exhibitions, focusing on more regional or trendy showings (such as the Art Program, Hyogo and Nichukan Tougei Shinsedai KokanTen Inter-Asian Young Artists Exposition) where there is more interaction with the viewing public.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493282 (stock #MC166)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$2,650.00
Sale Pending
A spectacular vessel by Contemporary Bizen favorite Ishida Kazuya enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ra (Conch). The marbled clay ripples like sand, emodying the image of ocean life after which it is named. It is huge at 64 x 17 x 28 cm (25 x 6-1/2 x 11 inches) and is in excellent condition, directly from the artist last summer, and just emerging from our back room for the first time.
Ishida Kazuya was born in Bizen in 1986. After graduating from high school, studied under Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun. After that, he moved to England and learned traditional techniques, language and culture at a local pottery studio. Invited as a leading artist in the Oxford Anagama Project (Oxford University), which started in 2015, he has been a lecturer on kiln making, firing and production workshops in Europe, Australia and North America. His work makes use of the ideas of slipwear, a traditional British technique that uses colored clay to create patterns, and an original technique that makes use of the centrifugal force of a potter's wheel. Inspired by the beauty of forms created by nature such as shells, strata, glaciers, and stalactites. His shapes fuse the idea of form with the unique Bizen spirit of drawing out the characteristics of the materials and alterations and natural glaze that occur in the wood fired kiln.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493205 (stock #MC136)
Enigmatic characters are etched like some lost language into the connected slabs of this pottery object by rising star Kowari Tetsuya which comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seki-reki (Traces of History) exhibited at the Hakokai group exhibition. It is hard to say if the artist is looking back in time, or at something of ours somewhere far in the future, a vision; dream of the mystery one might see looking back on the traces of our own society. It is 75 cm (30 inches) long, 22 x 23 cm (roughly 9 inches) in diameter and in excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Kowari 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 Shigaraki, Bizen and Shino wares. The artist has been displayed at the Nihon Togei Ten National Ceramics Ex hibition, as well as the prestigious Nitten consistently.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1493133 (stock #MC133)
A fabulous modern ceramic artwork in the form of an Arch with two openings torn into the top as flower receptacles by Okamoto Kazuyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The red burnt clay is splashed with color. It is quite large, at nearly 52 cm (21 inches) long and in excellent condition.
Okamoto Kazuyoshi was born into a family of Kyoto potters in 1962, graduating the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility in 1980 before apprenticing under Okamoto Akira, then his father Kazuo. From 1987 to 1988 he went to study pottery in China, then Korea. His work has been exhibited at the Modern Art forms in Tea Exhibition, International Ceramics Exhibition in Mino and Kyoten among others.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1493096 (stock #MC240)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
sold, thank you
Sale Pending
An incredible work by Furutani Hirofumi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu Hen Hanaire. A striking form covered in glistening green glass and gnarly clusters of black ash, this is an absolute must have by the artist. On the sides the earth is scorched and blackened, rivulets of olive running between. It is 25 x 8.5 x 19.5 cm (10 x 3-1/4 x 8 inches) and is in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
The Churoku-en pottery was established by Furutani Churoku, an artist instrumental in the post war era revival of Shigaraki Anagama and Climbing Kiln firing techniques. It is now run by the second and third generation potters Furutani Hirofumi and his son Taketoshi. Hirofumi (b. 1948) is the real deal, a Shigaraki potter trained under his father, recipient of generations of tradition and knowledge, who does not say much. He then returned to the family kiln where he headed up the preparation and firing, while, taking a second position in that very Japanese way to his long lived father, who strictly tortured clay. The Japanese title for such a person is: Ennoshita no chikara mochi (The true strength hidden under the eaves). Even today, a decade after the passing of Churoku, everyday you will find him in search of the natural phenomena which are born from his wood fired Anagama kiln in the dialog between soil and flame and the elements. He is in charge of kneading and coercing the clay, the kiln work, stacking and preparations, making and firing his own pieces while allowing his son to take the fore. He does not compete or seek fame, just quietly makes pots treading the path of the Unknown Craftsman.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1493061 (stock #MC261)
A set of 5 very stylish small plates in raw porcelain with one sleek glazed surface by Kato Yoshiyaseu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Reversi Plate. The elevated surface is glazed smooth, the pierced foot and underside are in raw porcelain. Each plate is 10 cm (4 inches) diameter and in perfect condition. These were made on our order specifically to accompany the larger plate set also listed.
Kato Yoshiyasu was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1985 and graduated the Kurashiki University of Science and Arts in 2008. He graduated the Tajimi City Ishoken Ceramics Research Facility in 2014, remaining in neighboring Toki City until setting up his own studio in Nishio in 2018.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1493060 (stock #MC260)
A set of 5 very stylish plates in raw porcelain with one sleek glazed surface by Kato Yoshiyaseu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Reversi Plate. The elevated surface is glazed smooth, the pierced foot and underside are in raw porcelain. Each dish is 24 cm (just under 10 inches) diameter and in perfect condition. These are perfect to accompany the smaller plate set also listed made specifically to our order.
Kato Yoshiyasu was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1985 and graduated the Kurashiki University of Science and Arts in 2008. He graduated the Tajimi City Ishoken Ceramics Research Facility in 2014, remaining in neighboring Toki City until setting up his own studio in Nishio in 2018.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1492940 (stock #MC212)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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A very unusual Shuchu sake server made in box-like form with an angular spout, brass handle and wooden lid accompanied by a cubic Guinomi sake cup by Bizen master potter Isezaki So enclosed in the original compartmentalized signed wooden box titled simply Bizen Kaku Shuki (Squared Sake Vessels). Both feature burnished raw red clay with a smattering of ocher colored ash and red veins of hidasuki. The cup is 5 x 5 x 5.5 cm (2 inches) tall. The Server 7.5 x 10 x 7.5 cm (3 x 4 x 3 inches) not including the handle and spout, and both are in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Isezaki So was born the third son of important potter Isezaki Mitsuru in 1968, and was raised alongside the family kiln. At 18 he apprenticed under Bizen master Yamashita Joji, and was first exhibited the following year. After his 20th birthday he went to America for study, returning to Japan, where he would be awarded the first of many times at the Okayama Kenten (Prefectural Art Exhibition). Again, he would spend a year in America for study, and the influences of design are apparent is his non-traditional approach to this day. He has been exhibited and awarded at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (Traditional Crafts Exhibition), Tobiten of the Japan Ceramic Art Society and Tanabe Museum Modern Forms in Tea Exhibition, among others.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1492938 (stock #MC257)
A fabulous small Tsubo by the legendary Takauchi Shugo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled O-hai Tsubo. A striking yellow tinge to the glaze contrasts with the black charring, providing a dynamic stage for the windows of raw clay revealed beneath. It is 21 cm (8-1/4 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition
Takauchi Shugo was born in Tokyo in 1937, opening his kiln in Mashiko at the age of 31. He has exhibited at the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Nihon Togeiten National Ceramics Exhibition and as well as Gendai Nihon Togeiten National Modern Ceramics Exhibition in addition to innumerable public and private exhibitions. He is recipient of the Order of Cultural Merrit from Tochigi Prefecture, and his works have been selected for international exhibitions (Paris, London, Denmark and America) and work by him is held in the V&A, as well as The Art Gallery of New South Wales. For more see the Book “Japanese Studio Crafts” (1995) by Rupert Faulkner of “Fired with Passion” (2006) by Beatrice Chang and Samuel J Lurie.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1492915 (stock #MC128)
A radical ash blasted and charred vase by Mori Toshiaki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Hanaire. It is 18.5 cm (7-1/4 inches) tall, 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this summer.
Mori Toshiaki was born the first son of traditional Bizen potter Mori Yasushi in 1982. Growing up in the family kiln, he entered the Bizen ceramic center in 2005, and after a year of study there continued in the family tradition. He has exhibited with the Okayama Ken-Ten art exhibition, Nihon Dento Kogeiten Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Gendai Chato Ten Modern Tea Ceramics Exhibition and the Chanoyu Zokei Ten (New forms in Tea Exhibition in addition to being exhibited in New York, Taiwan, and London.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1492914 (stock #MC288)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
$195.00
220.00
An unusual bulbous Guinomi and Tokkuri by Mori Toshiaki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Shuki. Both are well balanced, standing perfectly on their own, despite the fact there is no foot, just a round bottom. The Guinomi is 7 cm (3 inches) diameter, 5 cm (2 inches) tall. The Tokkuri is 11.5 (4-1/2 inches) tall and both are in excellent condition, directly from the artist this summer.
Mori Toshiaki was born the first son of traditional Bizen potter Mori Yasushi in 1982. Growing up in the family kiln, he entered the Bizen ceramic center in 2005, and after a year of study there continued in the family tradition. He has exhibited with the Okayama Ken-Ten art exhibition, Nihon Dento Kogeiten Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Gendai Chato Ten Modern Tea Ceramics Exhibition and the Chanoyu Zokei Ten (New forms in Tea Exhibition in addition to being exhibited in New York, Taiwan, and London.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1492879 (stock #MC287/240)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
sold, thank you
This guinomi by Watanabe Takuma would complement well the Future Fossil series Sake Server currently being offered. It too has a variegated surface like patched together mtal plates, with brilliant coloration. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Sake-nomi. It is roughly 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition acquired this summer from the artist.
Watanabe Takuma was born in Hyogo prefecture in 1968, and after graduating Kansai Daigaku University in 1991, began studying Bizen ware under Yamauchi Atsushi. In 1996 he entered the Bixen Toen Kiln. Shortly thereafter he began exhibiting and has receied numerous awards at the Okayama Prefectural Exhibition (Okayama Ken Bijutsu ten), National Traditional Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogeiten), Issui-kai-ten, as well as being selected for the influential Tanabe Museum Modern Forms in Tea Exhibition among others. He built his own kin in 2006.