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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 #1352858 (stock #986)
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A tall vase by Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki Hana Kusa-bana Mon Ho-To (Written Flowers, Floral Pattern Square Vase). This is a superb example of the design aesthetic for which this artist was designated a Living National Treasure. It is 10-1/2 inches 827 cm) tall and in fine 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 pa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1351913 (stock #1079)
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Metalic colors linger in wrinkled draperies on this exceptional bowl by Sasaki Zen enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1990. It is 7-1/4 inches (18.5 D) 3-1/2 (9) tall and in excellent condition.
Sasaki Zen was born in Okayama, home of Bizen-ware, in 1949, but studied under the master of Tenmoku Kimura Morikazu from 1971-1979. At the same time he attended the Kyoto Prefectural Ceramics Research facility, graduating in 1973. In 1979 he moved to Fukui prefecture, openi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1351725 (stock #1049)
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A bowl dating from the 1960s or early 70s reminiscent of the contemporary works of Lucie Rie and Hans Copper by Sodeisha Member Kumakura Junkichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakuyu Kaki (White Glazed Basin). It is 7-1/4 inches (18.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Junkichi (1920-1985) began working in ceramics in the 1940s, his works submitted to innumerable National and International Exhibitions including the Japan Art Festival, New York...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1351647 (stock #1077)
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A very large celadon platter by Yoshikawa Masamichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is made to either sit or hang suspended from wire on the back. The platter is 75 x 20 x 5 cm (29-1/2 x 8 x 2 inches) and is in excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Yoshikawa Masamichi was born in Kanagawa in 1946, and graduated the Japanese Design Academy in 1968. He first garnered attention in Japan being awarded at the 1971 Asahi Togeiten Cer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1351325 (stock #939)
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A very unusual sculpted work in crispy Manyosai Shino glaze by Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 x 10 x 10 inches (25 x 20 x 26 cm) and in excellent condition.
Shotaro is 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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1351229 (stock #1076)
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A superb example of the work of this Living National Treasure, 8 inches (21 cm) diameter, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Kutani glazes, Yasokichi, born Masahiko, has gone a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani ware. Masahiko graduated from the Kanazawa school of arts, and took up apprenticeship under his father Yasokichi II. His work...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1350891 (stock #1073)
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Orange peel textured black Chawan by Samukawa Seiho I (Yoshikazu 1899-1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kishu Yaki Nacchi-guro Chawan. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in Osaka in 1900 and raised in Kyoto, Samukawa Seiho I began his apprenticeship in tea ware under Sawada Muneyama in 1919. With a letter of introduction he entered the Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Research Facility in 1927. In 1935 he mov...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1350890 (stock #969)
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A proud form of a fulling block inscribed with a wave pattern in the raw clay of the base and covered in ame-yu glaze by Inoue Toya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Inoue Toya (1942-2013), graduated the prestigious Nihon Daigaku in 1966, having spent his student years excavating ancient Karatsu shards and researching their techniques. He apprenticed under the multifaceted potter Nushi Ensai...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1350332 (stock #1068)
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A sizeable seihakuji vase by celadon master Fukami Sueharu (b. 1947) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. The vase is roughly 10-1/2 inches (26 cm) tall, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
The name of Kyotos Sueharu is synonymous with seihakuji celadon. He has been displayed numerous times at the prestigious Nitten, Nihon Togei Ten (National Japanese Ceramic Exhibition) and Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (National Japanese Modern Crafts Exhibition) amon...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1350263 (stock #1040)
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A whimsical koro by Takauchi Shugo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled oribe Koro. It appears to dance, two arms up in the air with the music, a slight jaunt in its three legged step. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Takauchi Shugo was born in Tokyo in 1937. He opened 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 Gen...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1350190 (stock #1066)
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Dollops of clay braced with rackish designs by legendary artist Suzuki Goro, seemingly poured out into the shape of a tea pot and mug, each enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Inside the lid of the teapot the artists has created a self portrait. The Tea Pot is 21 x 15 x 19 cm (8-1/2 x 6 x 7-1/2 inches), the cup 11 x 16 x 12 cm (4-1/2 x 6 x 5 inches) and both are in excellent condition. A highly unusual couple, perfect for morning tea.
Suzuki Goro has a list of shows and prizes t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1350156 (stock #1065)
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Pine trees and Snow Flakes in silver and gold on red by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kin Ginsai Ichirin Tate. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that she carried on his re...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1347670 (stock #1064)
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A striking design on this square plate by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 9 inches (23 cm) square and in fine 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 quintessential Tatsuzo. In 1996 he was desi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1347664 (stock #1063)
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A tall oil spot glaze vase by Kimura Morikazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ao Yuteki Tenmoku yu Tsubo. It is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Kimura Morikazu was born to the house of a Kyo-yaki potter and studied under Ishiguro Munemaru. Morikazu established his first kiln in the Gojo Zaka area of Kyoto in 1947, moving to Fukui in 1976. He is held in the collection of both the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art and the Imperial Household Agency. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1347063 (stock #1060)
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A set of 8 sake cups by members of Sodeisha enclosed in a singular compartmentalized wooden box titled Yose-hai and signed Sodeisha followed by the Sodeisha stamp. Sodeisha (Crawling Through Mud Association) is a group of revolutionary post war ceramic artists whose influence remains strong today. Artists in this set include: Suzuki Osamu, Toba Yoshimasa, Kanaegae Kazutaka, Kawamura Sachiko, Yoshitake Hiromu, Inoue Midori, Nakanishi Kosuke and Tsuji Kanji.
Suzuki Osamu (1926-2001) was, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1346494 (stock #1058)
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An exquisite tri-faceted Bizen vessel blasted with molten ash by Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled. Each face not only flares in the center, but joins on a wavy line, a very complicated form, something which challenges the senses as we have come to expect from this experimental artist. It is 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interest...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1346120 (stock #1057)
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A traditional shape called Kinuta (fulling block) draped with ochre glaze over charred blacks by Tsukigata Nahiko wrapped in a brocade bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Shino Kinuta Hana-Ike which is in turn enclosed in a black lacquered wooden double-wood storage box. A Kinuta (fulling block) is a small wooden mallet used to beat silk into a soft texture. It is a very traditional shape in Japanese pottery. This is 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in excellent condition. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1346117 (stock #1056)
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Bidoro rain down like a glass bead curtain over the terracotta clay of this Shigaraki Tsubo by Takahashi Shunsai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8-1/4 inches (20.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Born in 1927, the second son of renowned potter Takahashi Rakusai III in Shigaraki, Takahashi Shunsai left home to study under Taniguchi Ryosai in Kyoto before returning to Shigaraki to pursue his studies of Shigaraki styles specifically under his father and spent the better pa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1345849 (stock #1055)
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A single bead of green glass hangs like an emerald earring from the “mimi” on this Shigaraki vase by Takahashi Shunsai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10 inches (26 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Born in 1927, the second son of renowned potter Takahashi Rakusai III in Shigaraki, Takahashi Shunsai left home to study under Taniguchi Ryosai in Kyoto before returning to Shigaraki to pursue his studies of Shigaraki styles specifically under his father and spent the bett...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1345573 (stock #1053)
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Gold seems to shatter into a thousand shards on the deep green and lavender surface of this large vase by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11 inches (27 cm) tall and in fine condition.
From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that she carri...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1344769 (stock #1044)
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Another Radical piece by Hayashi Shotaro, this dramatic vessel is inundated in a sea of thick copper glaze, The waves and splashes of green reveal the violent gashes and rough clay creating the surface, catching and pooling the glaze to spectacular effect. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oribe Funagata Kaki (Oribe Boat Shaped Vessel). The piece is 17 inches (43 cm) long, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the bigg...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1344548 (stock #1041)
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Camellia blossom on this flattened form by Ito Motohiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nunome Tsubaki Mon Kabin (Cloth Texture Vase with Camellia Design). It is 10 inches (26 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
The artist is a famous Kasama potter, best known for his nunome pattern and exceptional designs. Motohiko was born in Fukuoka prefecture, 1939, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art in 1964, then moved on to advanced courses there, finishing in 1966. While...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1344403 (stock #1039)
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A very large container of this artist's signature textured gray clay by Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Chomon Tsubo (Sculpted Tsubo). Impressive, it is 28 cm (11 inches)diameter, roughly the same height and in excellent condition. For a simiolar piece see the second illustration in "To" volume ten.
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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1342522 (stock #1026)
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A seminal work covered in red with black by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 9 x 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches (23.5 x 14 x 24 cm) 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 received the prestigious Hokutosho prize at the same National Exhibition. In the early 60s he worked as a g...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1341790 (stock #1024)
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An undulating band of gold like an elaborate Nihsijin-ori obi (sash) seems to bind the layers of torn dark clay forming this stacking box by Nakamura Takuo (Baizan III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is comprised of three parts, inside decorated with bright patterns, outside austere but for the sig-sagging line of patterned gold. One is reminded of the antique mens Haori jackets, which were only ever decorated on the inside, always a dark color out. The box is 8 x 6 x 5-1/2 i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1341036 (stock #1016)
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Like some ancient Haniwa soldier, this odd form stands guard, wide shoulders and dominating stance catching the eye, a sculptural vase by Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The mottled salt glaze covers a dark body standing 11 x 5 x 3 inches (28 x 12.5 x 33 cm). It is 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 afte...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bottles : Contemporary item #1340766 (stock #1013)
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An elegant form lightly brazed with hidashiki lines by Wakimoto Hiroyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Shuki (sake vessel). It is 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Wakimoto Hiroyuki is an outsider in the Bizen world. He followed in the footsteps of friend Kakurezaki Ryuichi, both originally of Nagasaki. He graduated the Osaka University of Art Textile design in 1975, but gave up that line, settling in Bizen for a long apprenticeship under Yam...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1340363 (stock #1011)
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Mottled blue in thick textured drips run down the sides over ashen glaze on this 4 eared Tsubo by Sakuchi Ensen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The thickness of the drips adds a tactile sense to this piece, compelling the hands to reach out and touch. It is 11-1/2 inches (29.5 cm) tall 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and in fine condition. The box lid is stained.
Sakuchi Ensen (B. 1922) began on the path of the potter in 1946, searching to create something unusual in the hils of Ok...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1339866 (stock #1008)
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Blue rivulets drip down over green melding into crystallized white at the base on this Tsubo by Sakuchi Ensen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A blast of red on one side forms an engaging eye, opposite a firing flaw along the shoulder lends a sense of drama. It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Sakuchi Ensen (B. 1922) began on the path of the potter in 1946, searching to create something unusual in the hills of Okayama. His rese...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1337565 (stock #996)
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A spectacular Iga Tsubo by Shimizu Hiroshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Bidoro, Tombo-no-me, tobi-hai, shiseki…the surface is an exploration of kiln affects, every slight turn bringing new surprises. It is 15 inches (38.5 cm) diameter, 17 inches (43 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Shimizu Hiroshi was born the grandson of the first generation potter Shimizu Rakuzan in Mie prefecture in1941. He began work...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Contemporary item #1337500 (stock #995)
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Blasted and dripping with ash, a spectacular Shigaraki Mizusashi by Tanimoto Yo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A shell juts from raw rippled wood lid like it was sticking up from the ripples of sand on a beach. It is 21.5 cm (8-1/2 inches) tall 18.5 cm (7 inches) diameter and in fine condition. Born in 1958 the son of Iga potter Tanimoto Kosei, Yo was raised among the kilns and has always had his hands in clay. He first began exhibiting in 1982, and in 1984 moved to Europe where...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #1337191 (stock #992)
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A black lacquered lid covers the opening of this exquisite mizusashi by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in a wooden box titled Oni Shino Mizusashi and endorsed by his student Ayukai Kogetsu. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter, 6 inches (15.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006) was not only an accomplished ceramic artist, but also a painter, calligrapher, sculptor and musician. Born in Niigata prefecture, he was at Waseda University in 1941 when he was summarily d...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #1336436 (stock #986)
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A superb Iga Mizusashi by Saji Kotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Saji Kotaro was born in 1947, and relocated to Tajimi in 1977 where he opened a kiln in Yamabuki cho specializing in tea ceramics.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1336430 (stock #973)
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Ash encrusts one side of this flattened Signature form by Shigaraki Legend Furutani Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Opposite is rich red terracotta and in between rivers of molten green glass. It is 45 cm (17-1/2 inches) diameter, and weighs 14 kg (30 pounds) plus the thick Kiri-wood box. This belongs in a museum of contemporary Japanese pottery.
Furutani Michio is one of the Gods of Shigaraki, an artist who wrote the book on Anagama kilns, and one of the more influen...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1336217 (stock #985)
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A large vase by Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tenmoku-yu Kabin inside a black lacquered wooden niju-bako box. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) tall, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004) was born in Kyoto the son of a ceramic dealer. Discarding the family business he apprenticed in plastic arts under Ishiguro Munemaro. His work retains some principal elements of his teachers style while incorporati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1335412 (stock #979)
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A fine Hai-yu ash glazed vase by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (12 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in fine 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. With a very impressive career, Koichi too was designated a Living National Treasure for work with iron glaze the ...