Modern Japanese Ceramics Pottery Contemporary
By Appointment is best. You might get lucky just popping by, but a great deal of the month I am out visiting artists or scouring up new items, so days in the gallery are limited.
In accordance with the request of local authorities our gallery in Kyoto will be closed from April 1st until further notice.
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1416002 (stock #1441)
Three various shapes in three different woods by Kawakita Hirohiko, an artist known for his ability to pull the very best of the wood grain to the surface of his works. Here is a wide cup of Horse Chestnut (Tocchi) with two close bands of zig-zagging metal belting the center and a lively tiger-eye pattern in the wood. Beside that is a tall thinner cup of Zelkova (Keyaki), a highly prized hardwood from the elm family, with three bands of metal inlayed among ever-so-slightly sculpted facets. Th...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1419480 (stock #1464)
A funny little vessel perfect for a few small flowers in the window by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This was sitting on a rock in the center of his garden, exposed under a leafless tree this winter, and I fell in love with the quirky shape. He looked at me very questioningly when I asked him the price, must have thought I was crazy. The vessel is taken from a water pump shape, and thus is called Pompu Hanatsubo (Pump Flower Vase). It partially collapsed in the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1427546 (stock #1523)
Platinum thorns erupt from the brilliant smooth orange body of this Guinomi by Masatomo Toi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. When I asked the artist about his concept, he explained the clay body is the individual formed by self-image, societal pressure, ego, all the things which constrict our actions and channel our emotions. The thorns are the true inner self bursting out of the surface, irrepressible, they pierce the shell and shine like the sun. Though the visible surface may b...
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1424094 (stock #1496)
A sumptuous wood grain bowl by Tanaka Eiko covered outside in thin black lacquer, the inside clear to best present the exquisite grains of the wood. Her tree of choice is the Horse Chestnut (Jap. Tocchi), which has unparalleled grain patterns, here visible through the black outside as a soft glow about the center of the bowl. Inside black lines like an abstract ink painting decorating the straight grains. She brings the rim up to an extremely thin edge, abrupt, both delicate and challenging. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1430581 (stock #1561)
Kaki-yu swirls over the black glaze belting the reusset colored surface of this quintessential Mashiko plate by Hamada Shinsake enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro-yu Sabi Tsutsu Kaki Sara. It is 11 inches (27.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Hamada Shinsaku was born the second son of Hamada Shoji in Tokyo in 1929. At a very young age his father moved the family to Mashiko, where he would start one of the most successful kilns of the 20th century propagatin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1415491 (stock #1431)
A deep oblong bowl decorated in abstract underglaze blue imagery with flashes of red by Shibata Ryozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sometsuke Aka-e Hachi dating circa 1995. It is 17 x 19.5 x 6.5 cm (6-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 3 inches) an is in excellent condition.
Shibata Ryozo (b. 1952) completed advanced studies at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1978 (his work was purchased by the university the previous year for its permanent collection). In 1993 he first exhibit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1425696 (stock #1510)
A wide bowl by Sugiura Yasuyoshi enclosed in a Department store cloth bound box signed and titled by the artist Hakusho Saimon Hachi (Bowl in color and white decoration). It is 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition.
Sugiura graduated advanced studies under future Living National Treasures Tamura Koichi and Fujimoto Nodo (Yoshimichi) at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music ceramic art department in 1975. His work is overtly influenced by natural themes, and ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1424185 (stock #1497)
A bottle decorated with biblical passages by Araki Takako fired at the kiln of Uchida Koichi enclosed in the original wooden box signed by KOichi. It is the introduction of Mary from the book of Luke. The slender bottle itself is very much in the style and color of Koichi, and one might venture to say he had a hand in its making. The biblical passage is the obvious work of Takako, and on bottom is engraved her signature. The vase is 23 cm (9 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1428200 (stock #1529)
Enclosed in the original wooden box titled Hanazukushi-wan, and signed Kutani Satomi. The cup is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter, 6.5 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall and is in excellent condition. There are two types of Kutani over-glazes, one like watercolor, opaque and vivid, the other like translucent glass. During the Meiji period when massive western demand brought about a thriving export market, the former was popular. However, in the later 20th century and more recently artists have been drawn to...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1415542 (stock #1432)
A large deep bowl decorated in abstract underglaze blue imagery by Shibata Ryozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sometsuke Hachi and dating circa 1995. It is 28 cm (11 inches) diameter, 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) deep and in excellent condition.
Shibata Ryozo (b. 1952) completed advanced studies at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1978 (his work was purchased by the university the previous year for its permanent collection). In 1993 he first exhibited with the Nih...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1425628 (stock #1508)
The surface of this bowl is like polished rust, shot through with various shades and glimmering with mottled colors, the base iridescent red. It is by rising star Hashimoto Tomonari and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Untitled Utsuwa (vessel). It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. After forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Betwe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1422686 (stock #1483)
Built up Crystalized ash glaze clings to the clefts of this bold form by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Shiho Hanaike (Iga four sided vase). It is 16 x 14 x 25 cm (6-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 10 inches) and in excellent condition.
Kennin has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Shino, Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1427287 (stock #1519)
Dark splashes and glassy green windows cut through the thick crawling white glaze on this disk 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, with Shiori and Shifuku fresh from the artists kiln this year.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1415806 (stock #1439)
Allowed extra time in the firing, this is a gorgeous ash encrusted vessel by one of the living masters of kiln effect, Murakoshi Takuma, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Tsubo. It is roughly 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high deman...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1422435 (stock #1482)
A fabulous small tsubo by the legendary Takauchi Shugo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled O-hai Tsubo. A striking yellow tinge to the glaze contrasts with the black charring, providing a dynamic stage for the windows of raw clay revealed beneath. It is 21 cm (8-1/4 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition
Takauchi Shugo was born in Tokyo in 1937, opening his kiln in Mashiko at the age of 31. He has exhibited at the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Trad...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1418737 (stock #1456)
Red oxidation swirls among the crinkled white covering the sandy clay of this tea bowl by Hori Ichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches ) diameter 9.5 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Hori Ichiro (b. 1952) graduated the Tajimi School of Industrial Design and apprenticed under Kato Kozo. He has been awarded the Governors prize at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibtion, and has been displayed at the Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten as well as Nihon Den...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1428817 (stock #1536)
A set of eight (lucky number) hauntingly beautiful Tea Cups by Kondo Yutaka in Kohiki glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box titiled Kohiki Wan. Each is 9.5 cm (just less than 4 inches) diameter, 6 cm tall and in excellent condition.
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 Municipal University of Art, graduating in 1957. That same year his work was acce...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1427618 (stock #1524)
Thick green ash glaze covers the rough swirling surface of this large platter by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Ozara (Platter). It is 43 cm (17 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, with Shiori and Shifuku fresh from the artists kiln this year.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps h...