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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1429662 (stock #1547)
Gosu pink and blue cover the domed-lid of this iconic iron bound rectangular box by Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shinsha Kusabana Hako (Box of floral design with Red Copper Glaze). It is 16 x 22 x 14 cm (6-1/4 x 8-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
Kawai 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 K...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1425695 (stock #1509)
A very unusual spiraling form studded with long spikes like the branches of the Japanese Natsu-mikan tree in pastel colors by Sugiura Yasuyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sora ni Kataru Tsubo (Vessel Speaking to the Sky). Despite the unusual shape, it makes an excelent instrument for a single flower (Ichirin) display. It is 27 cm wie, 32 cm tall (10-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition. Work by this artist is very difficult to acquire and I am very happy t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1417828 (stock #1451)
A breathtaking sculpture by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The inverted cone is dark gray with rust red and blue patterns waving across the surface like gas clouds on some distant moon. It is 46 cm (18 inches) tall, 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. The wooden box is titled: Untitled. In fact he does not title any of his work now, preferring to leave interpretation up to the viewer. After hand forming...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1425074 (stock #1505)
A quintessential large basin titled Kai no Hachi (Shell Bowl) by legendary female artist Koike Shoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box complete with Shiori and Shifuku wrapping cloth. It is covered in pale white glaze with highlights in gray and silver, and just a few touches of iron. The sculpted dish measures roughly 41 cm (16 inches) diameter, 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) at the highest point, and is in excellent condition.
Due to size and fragility, the cost of shipping will be acc...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1428890 (stock #1537)
A split top creates a dramatic vision in this futuristic work by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 42 cm (16-1/2 inches) diameter and in perfect condition, directly from the artist this year. After forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Between 1000 and 1100 degrees, like Raku ware). Then he builds a brick oven around each piece and brings the temperature up to 500 degrees, and adds...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1430491 (stock #1560)
Tarnished platinum glows dully inside this hollowed bowl scooped out of raw clay by Ogawa Machiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Wan. It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter, 7 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Ogawa Machiko was born in Sapporo on the Northern Island of Hokkaido in 1946. She studied under future Living National Treasures Fujimoto Yoshimichi, Tamura Koichi and Kato Hajime at the Tokyo University of Arts, graduating in 1969, then went on...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1427717 (stock #1525)
A bisected orb in deep rust colors by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled, like all his work, “Untitled”. The coloration is random, like gass clouds deep in space. It is 25.5 cm (10 inches) diameter, roughly 12.5 cm (5 inches) tall, and in perfect condition, directly from the artist.
After forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Between 1000 and 1100 degrees, like Raku ware)....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1429026 (stock #1542)
A simple cylindrical for with fluted rim decorated with sagging drapes of red, creating a deceptive impression of shape by Suzuki Osamu (Kura) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Kabin. It is 20.5 cm (8 inches) tall, 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. Included is a custom made black lacquered lid, allowing it to double as a narrow Mizusashi for the Japanese tea ceremony.
Osamu was born in Gifu prefecture in 1934, and graduated the Tajimi Technica...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1428439 (stock #1531)
A cone rises to a plateau in deep rust colors by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled, like all his work, “Untitled”. It is 25.5 cm (10 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in perfect condition, directly from the artist this pasat winter. After forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Between 1000 and 1100 degrees, like Raku ware). Then he builds a brick oven around each piece ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1421253 (stock #1472)
A specter of black haunts the pure form of this superb vessel by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Suminagashi Kabin (Vase with poured ink pattern). This alone in the alcove, with the morning light filtering throgh the paper doors across the surface, stops me in my tracks. It is 27 cm (10-3/4 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition. This is in the style of work he was producing in the mid to late '60s, when he was granted the most import...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1411190 (stock #1385)
Gold nuggets gleam on the deep lavender and black surface of this natural-formation by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kurinuki Kinsai Kaki. Kinsai is literally gold color, and here the artist has embedded gold into the surface, allowing it to expand and bubble out in the heat of the firing process. The effect of this on the dark matt surface is both striking and original. Kurinuki is the technique of digging a form out of a block of clay. It is 18-1/2 inches...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Pre 2000 item #1414077 (stock #1403)
An extraordinary and monumental glass platter by Nakashima Yasushi exhibited at the 18th Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition in 1989, enclosed in the original signed and dated wooden box titled Kurogyoku Moyo Garasu O-zara (Black Jade Style Glass Platter). It is 21 inches (53 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall. In excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Nakashima Yasushi (1938-2017) was born in Hyogo prefecture and gr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1409174 (stock #1361)
A book for the blind written in braille soaked in clay and burnt into a fluffy mass by Nishimura Yohei enclosed in a Perspex case and made to be hung on the wall. The fragile cover has been partially torn away, revealing the inside like some secret treasure of hidden knowledge. What does he wish to tell us through these shattered pages? Nishimura uses his kiln to remove objects such as books from the time stream by carbonizing the object, he leaves us with the concept of the object he started...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1411987 (stock #1395)
A fabulous Bizen tea set by important 20th century artist Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The austerity of Bizen, said to be closest of all potteries to the Japanese heart, is legendary. This is a masterpiece by one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after the devastation and neglect of the industrial revolution in Japan. The coloring is simply the work of flame against the raw clay. Although one may attempt control, this is cause...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1411989 (stock #1395)
A fabulous Bizen tea set by important 20th century artist Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The austerity of Bizen, said to be closest of all potteries to the Japanese heart, is legendary. This is a masterpiece by one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after the devastation and neglect of the industrial revolution in Japan. The coloring is simply the work of flame against the raw clay. Although one may attempt control, this is cause...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1412898 (stock #1400)
Zen imagery of the in iron of the motif Triangle, circle and square decorate the frothy white glaze on this Shino Chawan by important artist Wakao Toshisada enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A superb example of his tea bowls, it is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter,9.5 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. The tri-part symbol is famous from the Sengai Gibon Zen scroll of the 18th century. DT Suzuki in his interpretation of Sengai says: Sengai was familiar with Shingon, the mantra...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1427136 (stock #1518)
Pink and gray hues are highlighted in the charred Shino glaze on this tapering traditional form by Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Manyosai Mimitsuki Hanaike. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall, 6 inches (16 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. This Manyosai style is one of his signature wares, a glaze he developed himself, and highlights of pink are especially prized.
Hayashi Shotaro (born 1947) is one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyond tra...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1425787 (stock #1511)
A haunting white tower by Kato Kiyoyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box complete with shiroi. It is quite large at 54 cm (21-1/4 inches) and is in excellent condition. Although the size would make one expect it to be heavy, it is incredibly light. Deceptive….Intriguing…It feels more like a sculpture than a vase, a hallmark of this artist. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Kato Kiyoyuki was born in 1931, the heir to a long-established tile-maki...