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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 : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1311920 (stock #875)
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A mist series pottery box by important contemporary artist Kondo Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 12.5 x 5 x 9 cm (5 x 2 x 3-1/2 inches) and is in fine 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 there he studied at the Kyoto Prefectural Technical Institute of Ceramics, followed by a year at the Kyoto Municipal Institu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1310886 (stock #873)
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A fine example of Chosen Karatsu by important artist Nishioka Koju enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Nishioka Koju (1918-2006) was born in Saga prefecture, and after participating in kiln research began working in Karatsu style ceramics around 1950 in a kiln he built that was named by Koyama Fujio. To this kiln came Fujiwara Kei and Arakawa Toyozo, the latter from whom he received the name Koju....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1309988 (stock #872)
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A set of five concentric back glazed sake-cups enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Yagi Akira. They vary in size from 2-1/2 inches to 4 inches diameter (6.5 to 10 cm) and in excellent condition. For a similar (admittedly larger) set see “Contemporary Clay, Japanese Ceramics for the New Century “(2005) by Joe Earle.
This name is a must have in any collection of modern Japanese Pottery. Akira was born in Kyoto in 1955, son of avant garde Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) one of the fo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1308946 (stock #867)
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A large Tsubo by important Hagi artist Yamato Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Hagi Enpaku O-Tsubo. This large vessel is Similar to the works published in the first major anthology on Japanese contemporary pottery Gendai Nihon No Togei (volume 8, published 1984) and dates circa that era. It is 14 inches (35 cm) diameter 15 inches (38 cm) tall and in fine condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
It is likely no collector of Hagi wi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1308857 (stock #866)
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White blossoms decorate a scattering of branches on the surface of this footed sweets dish by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled FunKa Daizara. It is 8 inches (21 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and is in excellent condition. The deeply impressed white patterns are striking against black.
Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) was born into a traditional pottery family in Kyoto. He studied under Living National Treasures Kondo Yuzo and Tomimoto Kenkichi at the Kyoto Mu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1308535 (stock #865)
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A museum worthy masterpiece by important Tamba artist Ogami Noboru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is certainly eye-catching at 25 inches (63 cm) diameter and is in fine condition, dating from 1989, the same year he was awarded by Hyogo for his efforts to revive Tamba-yaki and protect its heritage. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Ogami Noboru (1929-2002) graduated the Kansai Gakuin University in 1951, and began his career in the Okuma Seitosho ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1308295 (stock #865)
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A ceramic box by Nishibata Daibi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Senmon Tobako and exhibited at the 53rd Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition. This piece was awarded at the prestigious event. It is 11 x 11 x 4-1/2 inches (28 x 28 x 11.5 cm) and is in fine condition. Nishibata Daibi was born in Tachikui Village, Hyogu in 1976. After graduating the Law Department of Kyoto University, one of the countries most formidable schools, in 1999, the promising ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1305629 (stock #864)
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A set of four unusual small dishes enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959), one of Japans most famous 20th century artists. Iron reds underlie the pale earthen glaze, with a dollop of Oribe green on one side. Almost as if planned, the pieces have firing cracks filled with black lacquer, adding a fourth consideration to the standard essentials: form, design and glazing. Each dish is roughly 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter. As mentioned there are firing flaws a...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1303489 (stock #861)
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Mystical heads adorn the four corners of this Persian-blue glazed open vase by Living National Treasure Kato Takuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 x 4 x 10 inches (11 x 13 x 25.5 cm) and is in excellent condition. Kato Takuo, I am sure, requires no introduction. He was trained in ceramics by both his father, Kato Kobei, and at the Kyoto School of ceramics. He was soon accepted and consistently displayed at any number of National and International Exhibitions, and was name...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1302400 (stock #858)
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Natural glaze clings thick to the side of this faceted vase by female artist Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu Mentori Hana-ire. It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall, 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Koyama Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artist in Japan. Born in Sasebo, Nagasakin in 1938, she went to Shigaraki village, home of one of Japans Six Ancient Kilns (RokkoGama). Th...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1298926 (stock #854)
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Beads of silver cling to the rough blue lgaze of this small incense box by Kondo Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 2-1/2 x 2-1/4 x 2 inches (6 x 5.5 x 5 cm) and in excellent condition. This is from his Mist series, undoubtedly one of his most popular motifs.
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 there he studie...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1298600 (stock #852)
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A superb work by Japanese Living National Treasure Hara Kiyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. It is 14 inches (35 cm) diameter, roughly the same height and in fine condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Hara Kiyoshi (b. 1936) was born in Shimane, and studied pottery under Living National Treasures Ishiguro Munemaru and Shimizu Uichi from 1954 before establishing his own kiln, first in Tokyo, then later in Saitama. He was ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1298466 (stock #835)
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An oblong vase decorated with unusual green accented by gosu red and blue by master Kawai kanjiro enclosed in a wooden box signed byhis daughter koha, former head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. It is 9 x 5 x 6-1/2 inches (23 x 13.5 x 16.5 cm) and is in excellent condition Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #1297612 (stock #850)
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A powerful Mimitsuki Karatsu Mizusashi by Nakagawa Jinembo (Jinenbo b. 1953) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Vicious white glaze, deeply fissured, supplants the fawn brown of the back, all over a very rough red clay filled with shiseki stones. The piece breathes energy, vivacious and playful it is a pleasure to view and use. The lid is similarly glazed, with hakeme brush marks inside. The piece is roughly 7 inches (18 cm) tall, the same diameter and in perfect condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1297009 (stock #848)
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molten ash streaks around the form of this superb Shigaraki Tsubo enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1996 by pottery legend Furutani Michio. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) diameter, 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Furutani Michio is one of the Gods of Shigaraki, an artist who wrote the book on Anagama kilns, and one of the more influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. He was born in Shigaraki; graduating the Konan High School of industr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1296513 (stock #846)
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A large organic Mizusashi in deep rich lavender glaze by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 9 x 9 x 8 inches (23 x 22 x 20 cm) and in fine condition, dating circa 1995.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi is most well known names, he has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times. His pieces are in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum and Museum of Mod...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #1296368 (stock #845)
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Enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1998. It is 16 x 10 x 12 inches (40 x 25 x 30 cm) and is in fine 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 pr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bottles : Pre 2000 item #1295988 (stock #842)
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A thick glazed tokkuri and chokko cup by Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Tokkuri has a playful stance, slightly cocky and leaning, as if it wants to pour. Both are covered in thick, dripping ash glaze, a product of her legendary long firings, sometimes lasting ten days. It is 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artist in Japan. Born in Sasebo, Nagasaki in 1938,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1295906 (stock #841)
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A massive Bizen Sculpture befitting any Museum collection by Kawabata Fumio exhibited at the 11th Nihon Togeiten National Pottery Exhibition in 1991 (Catalog included) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 23 x 13-1/2 x 19 inches (58 x 34 x 48 cm) and is in fine condition weighing 18 kilograms (40 pounds) not including the box. The exhibition label remains attached to the base. It was purchased from the artist.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1295494 (stock #840)
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Pink and gray hues are highlighted in the charred shino glaze on this tapering form by Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Manyosai Hanaire. It is 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in fine condition. This Manyosai style is one of his signature pieces, a glaze he developed himself, and highlights of pink are especially prized.
Shotaro is one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyond tradition, glaze research and firing technique, to a place of inception. He ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 1980 item #1294139 (stock #833)
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Pure quiet and calm is embodied in this white Hagi crystal by important female artist Miwa Hanako enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) tall 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Miwa Hanako was born the grand daughter of Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu XI, daughter of Kyusetsu XII who has sought to incorporate sculpture into the realm of traditional Hagi ware. She was raised surrounded in the world of Hagi-ware. She graduated ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1294069 (stock #832)
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An organic form by Ikegami Kazuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bitchu Obuje. It is 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 9 inches (21.5 x 19 x 23 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1293870 (stock #831)
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A Jomon patterned vessel by iving National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter 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. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1292904 (stock #828)
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A silver mist box by Kondo Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 6 x 4 x 4 inches (9.5 x 15.5 x 9.5 cm) and is 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 there he studied at the Kyoto Prefectural Technical Institute of Ceramics, followed by a year at the Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Re...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1291249 (stock #588)
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A set of five dishes by Kanjiro Kawai dating circa 1931 enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nagashi Kaki Sara. Each piece is roughly 6 inches (15 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a mus...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1290889 (stock #824)
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Viscious ash and charring cling to the side of this spectacular Mizusashi by Konishi Heinai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 inches (18 cm) tall, the same diameter and in fine condition.
Konishi Heinai (1899-1991) was born into a family of farmers in Ehime on the Island of Shikoku. In 1925 he fell head over heels in love with Raku-yaki and it was in the world of pottery he chose to leave his mark. Returning to Shikoku in 1928, he studied various techniques and went on ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1289443 (stock #821)
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A superb sculptural work of horizontal facets stacked upon each other in twisting obelisk by Mashiko based potter Matsuzaki Ken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This is a masterpiece by this artist. It is 17 inches (43 cm) tall, 8 x 8-1/2 inches (20 x 21 cm) and in excellent condition. An identical shape is held in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and published in the book “Contemporary Clay, Japanese Ceramics for the New Centruy” by Joe Earle.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1287903 (stock #820)
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Lines of burnt straw scar the surface of this voluminous work by Yamamoto Yuichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 17-1/2 inches (45 cm) tall, 9 x 10 inches (23 x 25.5 cm) at the base and in excellent condition.
Born the son of Living National Treasure Yamamoto Toshu, Yuichi was raised among the clay and kilns of Bizen, at a vital time when Bizen was devastated by the war economy, and the dramatic years of growth and research following. He began making pottery in 1959, at...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1287458 (stock #818)
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Lavender tinges the fawn sides of this superb ceramic box by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 x 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches (30 x 16.5 x 16 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Masano likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi is most well known names, he has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times. His pieces are in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum and Museum of Modern ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1286521 (stock #816)
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An unusual twisted form covered in natural ash glaze by Mashiko die-hard Matsuzaki Ken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 x 5 x 11-1/2 inches (13 x 13 x 29 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Matsuzaki Ken was born in Tokyo in 1950, and grew up in that dynamic post war era where tradition and modernity were at constant loggerheads. He graduated Tamagawa University in 1972, and moved to Mashiko to take up an apprenticeship under (to be) Living National Treasure Shimaoka T...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1282057 (stock #809)
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A silver mist box with glass lid by Kondo Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 4-1/2 x 3 x 4-1/2 inches (11.5 x 7 x 11.5 cm) and is 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 there he studied at the Kyoto Prefectural Technical Institute of Ceramics, followed by a year at the Kyoto Municipal Inst...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1281319 (stock #806)
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A crinkled metallic glaze covers this chawan Tea Bowl by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) tall and in fine 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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1281310 (stock #805)
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A superb Haiyu Ko-gama Chawan by Ueda Naokata enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 2-3/4 (7 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Ueda Naokata (1899-1975) succeeded the name Naokata from his father in 1931. He was the first person named intangible cultural property of Shiga prefecture and his efforts to revitalize traditional Shigaraki firing techniques are incalculable. According to contemporary potter Kanzaki Shiho If you only know two post w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1280259 (stock #802)
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A strong form has been carved from this block of rough shigaraki clay, a seven sided vessel absent of glaze yet filled with the vibrant colors and textures of the kiln. It is an early work by Shigaraki star Kohyama Yasuhisa amd comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It measures 7 inches (18 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) across and is in fine condition.
Yasuhisa was born in Shigaraki and grew up among the kilns. After working in ceramics design and industrial kilns, he est...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1279519 (stock #799)
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A combination of craftsmanship and superb firing affects define this large Bizen platter from the O-gama kiln of Konishi Toko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #1275112 (stock #793)
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An early piece from the Mudai series by Takiguchi Kazuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Unlike his later works which featured stone-like glazes, this glaze is soft and crinkled on the surface, like an undersea life form. It is 15-1/2 x 8 x 10 inches (39 x 20.5 x 25 cm) and is in excellent condition. Kazuo is an exceedingly sought after Kyoto artist, one of the heirs of the original Sodeisha movement. Born in 1953, he studied economics at Doshisha Univesity while making a brief ...