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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 2000 item #1367812 (stock #1144)
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A delightful small tea bowl by one of the greatest potters of the 20th century, Kamoda Shoji, enclosed in a wooden box signed by his wife. Brown glaze is draped quietly across the rough dark clay, the contrast between simplicity and texture a pleasure to hold. It is 4 inches (10 cm) Diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Kamoda Shoji is without a doubt one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of the 20th century. Born in Osaka in 1933, he stud...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1367779 (stock #1143)
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An amazing, complex landscape covered in glossy copper glaze by Tsukamoto Haruhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oribe Kaki (Oribe Flower Receptacle). This is very similar in design to the piece submitted to the 35th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition in 1997, the year after he took Grand Prize there. It is 19-1/2 inches (49 cm) long and in excellent condition.
Tsukamoto Haruhiko was born in Toki city, Gifu, in the heart of ceramic country in 1959, and raised among the kilns...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1367741 (stock #1141)
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A striking black and orange striped vase in simplified ovoid form by Mukunoki Eizo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kokusai Tsubo. This was purchased at a Mitsukoshi Exhibition. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Mukunoki Eizo Born in Shimane, and graduated the prefectural ceramics research facility before he apprenticed under Kawai Kanjiro in 1958. He would stay with Kanjiro until the masters death in 1966. To show respect and mourning for his sen...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1367434 (stock #1138)
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Five for silver… Six for gold… Seven for the secret….Suzuki Goro is counting crows surrounding the epitaph in the center of this Kuro-Shino Kataguchi bowl enclosed in the original signed wooden box. In the center we hear the words of Noguchi Ujo’s 1921 hit song “Karasu naze naku no? Karasu ha yama ni kawai nanatsu no ko ga aru kara yo…” (Why does the crow call? It calls for seven lovely children in the mountains…). As with everything there are many allusions in the lyrics, and ...
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 #1366922 (stock #1134)
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A striking large Tsubo in silvered Bizen ware by innovative Bizen artist Matsui Tomoyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Ginsai Tsubo and dating circa 1990. It exhibits all the features of great Bizen, the smooth clay struck with flashes of darker color. The sense is that of seeing a Bizen Tsubo in an old tintype photograph, a most unique approach. It is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) diameter, 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Matsui Tomoyuki is one of t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1365965 (stock #1126)
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A pottery box decorated in over-glaze enamels and precious metals by Kato Reikichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sengiri Jikiro. It is a colorful and playful work a pleasure to look upon. It is 9-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 8 inches (24 x 14 x 20 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Kato Reikichi was born in 1953 the 22nd generation of an unbroken line of potters spanning back to the Keicho era in the Momoyama period. He graduated the art department of Tamagawa University and has s...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1361557 (stock #1123)
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An incredible bowl of spotted ink supplanted by a midnight blue rim by Kimura Moriyasu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled humbly Tenmoku-yu Chawan. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) tall with a perfectly formed foot and slightly in-curving bowl form perfect for winter tea. The colors are reminiscent of the Kujaku-yu developed by Matsuyama Gae, yet the application is very different.
Kimura Moriyasu (b. 1935) studied pottery initially at the Kyoto Cer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bottles : Contemporary item #1361252 (stock #1122)
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The warm color os persimmons and pale white of mochi rice cakes alternate on the side of this fissured sake Tokkuri by Ichino Kenta enclosed in the original signed wooden box. There is something very pleasing about the size and shape, and the warmth of the colors is inviting on a cool evening. A young potter, Ichino Kenta was born in Tamba in 1986, son of Ichino Hideyuki. He graduated Tokyo Municipal school of art in 2007, returning to Tamba to work at the Gahogama Kiln alongside his father...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1361065 (stock #1121)
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Swatches of rust, ocher and olive drape over the raw red of this large vessel by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. titled Tetsu-yu Kaki (Metal Glazed Vase). It is quite large at 35 cm (14 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tamura Koichi (1918-1987) graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine arts Where he later taught), and took up an apprenticeship under (later) Living National Treasure Tomimoto Kenkichi. He established his own kiln...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1357569 (stock #1116)
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Another Spectacular work by one of my personal favorites, and undeniably one of the currently living greats of Shino Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Yohen Tsubo. The piece is 14-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall, 12-1/2 x 11 inches (32.5 x 28 cm) and in excellent condition.
Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in contemporary Mino ceramics. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his older brother Kotaro, ending when he established his o...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1357568 (stock #1115)
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An incredible organic form, the delicate petals appearing to waft in some tide by Shingu Sayaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A closed bud on the side is lined with hundreds of tiny sharp needles in black. It is 8 x 5 x 4 inches (20 x 12 x 10 cm) and in excellent condition.
Shingu Sayaka was born in Osaka, the industrial and commercial heartland of central Japan, in 1979. She graduated the Osaka University of Arts in 2001, before being selected as an artist in residence ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1357443 (stock #1115)
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Stripes of vivid color define this very large pottery bowl by Watanabe Kunio enclosed in the original wooden box titled Iro-e Kin/Gin-Sai Sen Mon Hachi. It is 43 cm (17 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
The first time I saw this artists work I was blown away by the precision, skill and beauty inherent. Kunio was born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1967, graduating the top Art school in Japan, The Tokyo University of Art...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1357125 (stock #1113)
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A large primitive robotic form by Morino Taimei in his iconic blue and gold dating from his experimental days in the early 1970 enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Soji Shiho Kabin. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 6 inches (15 cm) square and in excellent 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 recei...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1356951 (stock #1111)
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A frigid winter evening of snow and frozen grasses on the twilight gray of this exquisite vase by Yokoishi Gagyu XIII (b. 1935) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Gagyu’s first exhibited piece at the age of 20 in 1955 took the governors prize at the Nagasaki Kenten Prefectural Art Exhibition. That was the beginning of a prestigious career prolific with awards culminating in being named an important cultural property for Nag...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1356824 (stock #1110)
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Gold bubbles out from the scraffito marked white surface of this kogo incense box with accompanying black and opaque glass incense burner by Kondo Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glass box is 9.5 x 11.3 x 10 cm. The pottery box is 6 x 5 x 4 cm and both are in excellent condition.
Takahiro (b. 1958) was born the grandson of Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo. However he graduated Hosei University not with a degree in sculpture or crafts, but in Literature. From ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1356723 (stock #1105)
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An exquisite platter on two legs by Aoyama Tetsuro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The rush of white and and soft blue across the surface is reminiscent of the “Ma”, or blank space of an ink waterfall painting. It measures 41 x 40.5 x 10 cm (16 x 16 x 4 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Aoyama Tetsuro was born in Gifu, home of the Mino potteries, in 1946. He apprenticed under Kato Jin in 1961, moving out on his own in 1973. He has exhibited at the Nitten, Nihon Shin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1356675 (stock #1104)
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A stellar Oribe vase of spirally torn clay by Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oribe Kaki. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, slightly oblong at 9-1/2 to 10-1/2 inches diameter (24 – 27 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Toyohisa was born in 1962. His work is both original and fresh and his challenging pursuit of Mino ceramics is evident in both his contemporary pieces and his traditional ones. He first exhibited at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition in 1983, and w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1356112 (stock #1100)
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A squat traditional form by Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Uzukumaru Tsubo. The piece is an excellent example of traditional Shigaraki and Iga Uzukumaru vessels. It is 7-1/2 inches (18 cm) tall, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) Diameter and in excellent condition.
Sugimoto Sadamitsu was born in Tokyo in 1935. A strong adherent to the Zen tradition, Sadamitsu established his own kiln at 33, receiving the kiln name from his mentor Daitokuji priest Tachib...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1356087 (stock #1099)
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A very unusual jar covered in crinkled metallic green glaze with a wooden lid covered with cloth wrapped in a net of orange chord made to hold tea leaves by Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The appearance is deceptively large. Spectacular kiln effects live up to this artists reputation. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall plus lid. And in excellent condition.. This is the first and only tea leaf jar (Chatsubo) I have seen by this import...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1355982 (stock #1098)
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A red storm swirls across the pitted surface of this superb Shino Kakehana Vase by Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Mimitsuki Kakehana-ire. It is a versatile work, perfect for the tea room. Made to stand freely, it can rest perfectly on the chigai-dana or insde the Tokonoma, a dash of color glowing in the intimate shadows. With the flattened back and lacquered iron hardware it can also be used to hang on the wall or the pole of the Tokonoma, a single peo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1355846 (stock #1097)
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A soft pallet of blurred pastels blend between gold risers on this elegant form by Yoshita Yukio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saishoku Kinsai Hanike and dating circa 2002. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Yoshita Yukio is the fourth generation head of the Kinsan Kiln in Kutani, specializing in Kinsai and Yuri-Kinsai wares. Unlike standard Kutani wares, he uses a pallet of soft, earthy or pastels with accents in gold to create a new appeal. Bo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1355845 (stock #967)
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Like the charred remains of an open book deep fingerprints still visible from the opening hands within, this is a fine example of the work of Avante Garde Akiyama Yo enclosed in the original wooden box dating from 2013. It is 6-1/2 x 5 inches (16/5 x 13 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Akiyama Yo was born in Yamaguchi, home of Hagi pottery) in 1953, but went to Kyoto to study at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1976. He has an impressive list of exhibitions both domestic and ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1355710 (stock #1096)
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Crackled Celadon glaze covers the rich red clay of this Beishoku Chawan by Furukawa Toshio enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating c. 1989. It is an excellent example of this medium. The bowl is 5-1/4 inches (13 cm)diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in Kyoto in 1949, he graduated Osaka University of Art design department before entering the Kyoto Municipal Ceramics Research Facility. He first exhibited at the Kyoten in 1972, establishing hi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1355308 (stock #1094)
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An iconic representation of this artists work, a large hidasuki Tsubo of red clay marked with burnt straw by Isezaki Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Tsubo. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter, 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Isezaki Mitsuru (b. 1934) was born to a family of potters, his father Yozan and brother Jun both very important in Bizen pottery. In 1998 Mitsuru was named a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property for Okayama...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1354798 (stock #1043)
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A spectacular work by Maeda Masahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iro-e Kin-gin-sai Mentori Hachi (Faceted Bowl with Gold, Silver and Colored Decoration). It is roughly 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 5-1/4 inches (14 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948) graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1975where he received instruction from Living National Treasure Fujimoto Yoshimichi and Tamura Koichi as well as Asano Akira. He has ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1354797 (stock #1092)
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A red Sado Mumyoi-yaki Tokkuri (Shuchu) by Living National Treasure Ito Sekisui V enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Ito Sekisui V (Yoichi) is the 14th generation of the family to follow in the pottery tradition. His father, Ito Sekisui IV, died when Yoichi was only 19. Upon completion of studies at Kyoto University in 1966, he returned to his hometown of Sado to succeed the lineage. His work was displayed for the first...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Contemporary item #1354587 (stock #1091)
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A charred Ash Glazed Mizusashi water container by Kumano Kurouemon enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Glaze is crisp but grows quite liquid as it drips down the molten form. On the side in bold strokes is written "Sonomamani", or "Just as it is".
A ceramic madman, oil painter and recluse, Kuroemon is as eccentric as his pottery predicts. Born in Fukui prefecture in 1955 Kuroemon was a painter from youth, he began his studies under Fujita Jurouemon in 1976, and moved to study al...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1354542 (stock #306)
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A massive Shigaraki Tsubo by Kanzaki Shiho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Spectacular keshiki resulting from the combination of multiple kiln affects and textures. The Tsubo is 19-1/2 inches (50 cm) tall, 15 inches (38 cm) diameter and in perfect condition, dating circa 1990. Due to size the cost of shipping will be figured separately from the list price.
Kanzaki (b. 1942) prefers firing his kiln for ten days, resulting in the rich textures and heavy ash deposits apparent ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1354487 (stock #1090)
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An iconic work in pale white by Living National Treasure Tsukamoto Kaiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakuji Wakaba-mon Dai-zara (Footed white porcelain dish decorated with young leaves. The execution is breathtaking, so perfectly formed it demonstrates clearly the talent for which he was named a Living National Treasure. It is 23.5 cm (9-1/2 inches) square, 5.5 cm (2 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
Tsukamoto Kaiji (1912-1990) was fascinated with Song p...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1353458 (stock #1088)
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A large swirling form covered in fissured celadon by Minegishi Seiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze is amazing to behold, the layers shattered into thousands of transparent crystallized flakes stacked upon one another. It is roughly 12 inches (31 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in 1952 in Saitama, Minegishi Seiko studied under various masters in Nagano, Tochigi and Ibaragi, going solo at the young age of 22. He worked in Kohiki ware initially, but moved t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1353395 (stock #1087)
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A large swelling bottle form vase covered in fissured celadon by Minegishi Seiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze is amazing to behold, the layers shattered into thousands of transparent crystallized flakes stacked upon one another. It is roughly 12 inches (31 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in 1952 in Saitama, Minegishi Seiko studied under various masters in Nagano, Tochigi and Ibaragi, going solo at the young age of 22. He worked in Kohiki ware initially,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1353326 (stock #1031)
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A pointed tower in burnt gray clay by Mihara Ken enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki. Here the artist has joined three slabs into an unconventional horn, slotted on one side to accept a flower. A single camellia blossom in rich red, a few green leaves against the gray body in the dark corner of a Tea Room would be incredible. It is 11 inches tall and in fine condition.
Mihara Ken was born in Shimane prefecture in 1958, and apprenticed under Funaki Kenji at the age of ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1353249 (stock #1086)
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A very unusual work by the enigmatic artist Koinuma Michio of dark clay impressed with cryptic scribbling enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6 x 7 x 6 inches (15 x 17.5 x 15.5 cm) and in excellent condition.
Koinuma Michio is a compelling figure unique among contemporary artists. He seems to have no limit to his imagination and creativity, still dazzling us with new concepts after four decades. Born in the hectic war years in 1936, he is incredibly intelligent, graduating ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1353085 (stock #1085)
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Five porcelain tea cups by Kato Tsubusa enclosed in the original compartmentalized and signed wooden box titled Seihakuji Senchawan outside, and inside Seihakuji Chawan. Each is a unique shape, and they are roughly 9.5 cm (4 inches) diameter, 7 to 8 cm (3 to 3-1/2 inches) tall and all are in excellent condition. Someone has written in red on the box lid
Tsubusa was born in the home of Shino, Tajimi city. However after working some in pottery, he moved on to this white porcelain, a leap ...