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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.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438825 (stock #1651)
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Just as the coldest depths of winter are reached, after the chrysanthemum has given up and before the red or white plum is even consideration, the Ro-bai (yellow plum) is the first to step up and say the cold will not last forever, opening its dusty yellow blossoms to the harsh winter sky. This dainty looking five lobed sake cup embodies that spirit, appearing frail, but built of sturdy Seto clay with thick, hardy petals. It is by Tokugawa Hiroshi and comes enclosed in the original signed woode...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438485 (stock #1649)
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Deep green irises pool in the center of these almond shaped bowl by Murakoshi Takuma threaded with streaks of iron. No one seems to achieve the clarity of green that he has mastered. These would be perfect for Oden that famous winter food. Each is roughly 17 x 14.5 x 6 cm (6-1/2 x 5-3/4 x 2-1/2 inches) and all are in excellent condition, from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired for ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438484 (stock #1648)
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A surfer might feel quite at home on the swell of this set of 5 scalloping rectangular plates by Murakoshi Takuma covered in streaks of iron and cobalt under splashes of crystalline green and dollops of white. There is a great deal of tension, excitement, in both the shape and the decoration. These plates are alive. Each is roughly 25 x 15 cm (10 x 6 inches) rising up to 6 cm (2 plus inches) off the table and all are in excellent condition, from the artist over New Years. We have currently n...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438483 (stock #1647)
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Iron forms enigmatic characters like some mysterious Zen Koan under the ash and feldspar covering this set of 5 large walled plates by Murakoshi Takuma. Niku Jaga, the piping hot winter dish, would be fabulous served in them. They are raised ever so slightly on a wide foot ring, appearing to float just millimeters off the table. In actuality, these are more western size than Japanese at roughly 20 x 19 x 5 cm (8 x 7-1/2 x 2 inches). in excellent condition, from the artist over New Years. We...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1438442 (stock #1646)
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Dark cobalt sinks deep into the rough terracotta clay giving this large serving platter its name Genso 27 (The periodic table number for cobalt). This is by Murakoshi Takuma, part of his newest series of work and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Genso 27 Kaku-zara (Atomic number 27 Square Platter). It is criss-crossed with drizzled snow white and emerald green which float on the surface in shiny drifts. The edges all turn up like a pagoda roof, ensuring the juices stay...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438338 (stock #1645)
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Vivid dark ash forms emerald pools in the center of these 5 ogi-men (round fan) shaped slabs by Murakoshi Takuma. Size, shape, color, texture: these are perfect for showing off your signature dish with style. They are roughly 16 x 20 cm (6 x 8 inches), 2 cm (1 inch) thick and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired for 75 dollars.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1438337 (stock #1519)
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Rusty Iron overlaid with Emerald Ash and milk white create abstract sumi-e patterns like a mid-century abstract expressionist masterpiece on the rough clay surface of this platter by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Ozara (Spring and Autumn Platter). The artist calls this combination of feldspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season. It is 32 cm (12-3/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438320 (stock #1643)
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An evocative thick slab curling up to form a basin on a circular solid clay foot elevating the contents 7 cm (3 inches) off the table. The artist fingers are clearly visible in the base forming deep impressions about which the cobalt and feldspar meander in rivulets. This piece is about as good as you can get, the entire nearly covered in white with underlying green glass and cobalt pooling dark in the center, bits of raw earth exposed like snow relinquishing the harsh winters grasp on a high ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438239 (stock #1642)
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A set of five thick slab discs by Murakoshi Takuma, the best kept secret in the Japanese hospitality industry. The clarity of his glaze is simply perfection. I am sitting here writing this set up, the sun is shining through the window just on the dish, an occasional cloud altering the quality of light allowing me to ponder the crazing of the fissures, the faint shadows in ripples in the clay accentuated by the varying depths of the glaze punctuated throughout with white pearls of molten shisek...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438234 (stock #1641)
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A set of Lopsided Shunju bowls by Murakoshi Takuma making use of his signature Shigaraki clay with a slight amount of iron and heavy dollops of crackled green ash and thick white glaze. These are perfect for Japanese food, we use a similar ste at home for steamed or boiled vegetables, Niku-jaga or Sukiyaki. Each is roughly 16.5 x 13 x 6.5 cm (5 x 6-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches) directly from the artist this winter. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438233 (stock #1640)
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A set of 5 small bean shaped dishes used for Zensai (hors-d’oeuvres) with patches of iron over his signature Shigaraki clay crusted with molten shiseki (feldspathic inclusions) with pooling crystalline green crackled ash glaze by restaurant legend Murakoshi Takuma. This is where your small dish of steamed eggplant, fried tofu and sliced carrot, or fish with steamed cabbage would be served early in the meal. Each is roughly 12 x 10 cm (4 x 4-1/2 inches), directly from the artist this winter....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438174 (stock #1639)
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A set of small wan-gata ash glazed bowls with splashes of iron flaring over the rim by Murakoshi Takuma. 12 cm diameter (5 inches), 7 cm (2-3/4 inches) deep and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. These are surprisingly regular in shape, unusual for this artist known for his eccentric throwing practice. Still, the clay is blended with a great deal of shiseki, causing these white foamy bubbles on the surface unique to Shigaraki clay. Up the sides we can feel the fin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438172 (stock #1638)
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Rough hewn elongated slabs of Shigaraki clay crossed by multiple swatches of iron, cobalt and ash alternating with the raw earth and a drape of thick white running in rivulets across by Murakoshi Takuma. These main dish plates are roughly 33 x 16.5 cm (13 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired at cost.
Murakoshi Takuma is one...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438124 (stock #1637)
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A set of scalloped square plates by Murakoshi Takuma covered in his signature crystalline green ash glaze over dabs of iron with thick white flowing across the surface at various angles. The paltes are 18 x 19 cm diameter (7 x 7-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired at cost.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438123 (stock #1636)
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Iron drapes about the rim of these bean-shaped ash-glazed Mukozuke shallow bowls with flat bottom and vertical sides by Murakoshi Takuma. Mukozuke (literally on the side) are exactly what they sound like, dishes used to serve seasonal side-dishes in traditional Japanese tableware. These are roughly 13 x 16 x 5 cm (5 x 6 x 2 inches) and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438122 (stock #1635)
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Anything will certainly taste better when served on one of these 5 luscious deep plates by Murakoshi Takuma which come enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Nanasun-zara Zen (Apring/Autumn 7-sun Dish set). The artist calls this combination of Feldspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season; and the designation of nanasun (7 sun) is from the traditional unit of measure (Shaku-sun-bu-rin). They are roughly 20 cm (8 inches) ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438121 (stock #1634)
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A set of five Ash glazed thick pottery slabs soaring upward at the corners like a pagoda roof by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kakuzara (Square plates). Here he has used his signature blended Shirgaraki clay covered simply in vitrified green ash which pools beautifully in the center, allowing texture above but a smooth easy to wash surface in the center. They are roughly 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) square, and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438120 (stock #1633)
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A set of five small dai-zara elevated dishes by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Ko-zara Zen (Spring/Autumn Small Dish Set). These small dishes are created as a shallow basin on a thick foot, covered with a combination of feldspar, iron and natural ash glazes. The shallow bowl shape is perfect for soy, sauces or small hors d’oeuvres. Despite the soaring sense, the weight of the base keeps the bowl from tipping when dipping something into it. They ar...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438062 (stock #1631)
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Iron and ash flow into vivid dark pools in the center of these 5 leaf shaped slabs by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Mokuha Itazara zen (Leaf Shaped Slab Dish Set). Size, shape, color, texture: these are perfect for showing off your signature dish with style. They are roughly 18 x 20 cm (7 x 8 inches), nearly 2 cm thick and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1438013 (stock #1630)
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My Australian friend nailed it when he looked at this Tsujimura Shiro tsubo and emphatically declared: Bro that is crusty as….
Shiro is known for his lopsided forms and ash encrustation, and this vessel does not disappoint. It is 18 cm (7 inches) diameter, roughly the same height and in excellent condition, enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Tsujimura Shiro was born in Nara in 1947, and began his steps into the art world as an oil painter in 1965. While living at a Buddh...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1438008 (stock #1629)
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A quintessential work showing the decorative aesthetic of Ichino Masahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Senmonki (Lined Vessel). The square opening, thin and delicate, reminds me of the architectural grace of Ando Tadao. This is exactly what he is known for, and if you were going to have just one piece by Ichino-san, this might be just the thing to suit the bill. It is 26 cm (10-1/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
The youngest winner ever at the 13th Na...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1437947 (stock #1628)
A joyful yellow light seems to shine like a jewel from within the fissures of this cool tea bowl by Kitagawa Kazuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kasane iro-me Chawan (Layered Color Tea Bowl). It is 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition from the artist this autumn. This artist works by creating the body with subsequent applications of variously colored liquid clay, then scoring away the surface to create patterns by revealing the var...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1437939 (stock #1627)
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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 : Contemporary item #1437853 (stock #1625)
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Irridescent red and silver tinges rise up like some deep space cloud on the meteoric surface of this wan-gata (bowl shaped) Raku chawan by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Kohen Chawan. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter, 15 cm (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 childhood. He graduated with a masters ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1437684 (stock #1624)
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Wings spread open like some great colorful bird on this expressive vessel by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tobe (Fly!). The artist calls this combination of Feldspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season. It is 17 x 4 x 6 inches) and in excellent condition, from the artist late last year.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1437683 (stock #1622)
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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 : Contemporary item #1437509 (stock #1619)
A masterpiece by Kato Shigetaka, this bowl is very powerful, and I am not one to wax too longingly on individual pieces. In short: he nailed it with this bowl which comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro Chawan. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kato Shigetaka (1927-2013) was born the son of legendary revivalist Kato Tokuro, his older brother the legendary rebel Okabe Mineo. Shigetaka graduated the Seto Industrial ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1437507 (stock #1617)
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A feminie curve defines this shapely vase by Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Deisai Sanka Kaki - Sawayaka Kaze (Colored Clay Scattered Flower Vase - Gentle Breeze). The colored clays are of course, his most famous forte, and here he has added a rim of golden "flower blossoms" on black. The vessel is 29 cm (11-1/2 inches) tall, 10.5 x 23 cm (4 x 9 inches) at the base.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Miyashita Zenju, and grad...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1437404 (stock #1616)
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A swirling iron colored ceramic dish by Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Uzumaki no Sara. It is 20 x 18 x 8.5 cm (8 x 7 x 3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from the artist this summer. We use one of these at home for cheese and cold cuts, looks great with a wine glass and garners a lot of attention!
Takatsu Mio (b. 1976) was raised in Gifu prefecture among the scattered kilns of Mino. She graduated the Osaka University of Arts Sculpture Departm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1436766 (stock #1615)
A ribbon of iron glaze rises up like a swirling flame, a quintessential work by female artist Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Work 1602. The very talented Tatsu Mio spends many days refining the shape of each piece she makes, and her output is thus very low. It is 43 cm (17 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from the artist this summer.
Takatsu Mio (b. 1976) was raised in Gifu prefecture among the scattered kilns of Mino. She graduated the Osaka Univer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436562 (stock #1611)
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A rock textured Kurinuki tokkuri compliments this guinomi selected to match by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Tokkuri is 5 inches (12 cm) tall, the Guinomi 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) diameter and both are in perfect condition, enclosed in the original wooden box from the artist this summer.
Inayoshi Osamu was born in Aichi prefecture, the heart of Mino country, in 1976. He completed his initial training in the plastic arts at the Seto Pottery School in 2002, gar...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436551 (stock #1612)
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Grasses grow on the sides of this Tokkuri and accompanying Guinomi by Karatsu legend Maruta Munehiko, each piece enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The E-Karatsu Tokkuri is 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) tall. The E-Karatsu Guinomi is 7 cm (2-3/4 inches) diameter, 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall. Both are in excellent condition.
Maruta Munehiko was born the second son of Maruta Masami in Saga prefecture in 1961. However he apprenticed under Hamada Atsuya (1931-1986), the son of Mashiko Living ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436424 (stock #1609)
A large Seki-ware container by the eccentric artist Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Konron (Kunlun in Chinese). This is the name of a mythical Mountain Range in Chinese Folklore. His architectural forms are fired at high temperature with random salt deposits creating an austere Axel Vervoot atmosphere. A ritual like composition adds to the sense of weight and history of this piece. It is 32 cm (12-1/2 inches) tall, 35.5 cm (14 inches) diameter and in excellent ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436334 (stock #1607)
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A flagrant barrage of color gets in your face with this futuristic vessel by Yanagihara Mutsuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saimon Kabin (Colored Vase). Over the crackled sunshine yellow gleams platinum on lightning strikes of red, completely juxtaposed to the cool blue of the interior. Very much an iconic work by this eclectic artist. It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) diameter, 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in perfect condition.
Yanigahara Mutsuo (b.1934) was raised in Seto, an...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436289 (stock #1606)
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Always innovative, here is a basin for flower arrangement in pastel Hagi colors by Kaneta Masanao carved and torn from a solid block of clay in the Kurinuki technique enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Making use of a flower frog, I can imagine a fabulous spray of green rising up from within the undulating rim, like the first burst of flora through the last of the winter snow. It is 30 x 21 x 12.5 cm (12 x 8 x 5 inches) and in perfect condition.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1436154 (stock #1603)
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A set of ten sake cups by Takegoshi Jun depicting Umi-no-sachi (treasures of the sea) in aka-e and overglaze enamels enclosed in the original compartmentalized wooden box. Each cup is uniquely decorated with a delicacy in the raw, Shrimp, Red Snapper, blow fish et al. Each cup is 8 cm (roughly 3 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Takegoshi Jun (alternatively written Takekoshi) was born in Ishikawa prefecture, home to Kutani Yaki, the son of the third generation Takegoshi Taiza...