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)
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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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1430010 (stock #1554)
A startling form by Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Burijingu-kurei Hanaike (Bizen Breathing Clay Vase). The color varies from an almost raw clay to matte dark char in an almost random manner about the swirling surface. It is quite heavy, the walls very thick, comfortable even with large branches or floral sprays. It is 20.5 cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Isezaki Jun was born the second son to the prominent Bi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1414922 (stock #1423)
An elegant form in rich color by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 26 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kutani glazes. Yasokichi, born Masahiko, went a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani ware. Masahiko graduat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1428771 (stock #1535)
A very elegant swirling bowl inflated like a balloon in dark lapis with applied silver basin by important female artist Takemura Yuri enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sora Fune (Sky Ship). It is 13.5 cm (just less than 6 inches) diameter, from 4.5 to 7.5 cm (2-3 inches) tall at the high end and in excellent condition, dating circa 2017.
Takemura Yuri was born in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture in 1980, daughter of a graphic designer. She came to ceramics after first working ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1428132 (stock #1527)
I recently had occasion to visit Richard Milgrim in his Mountain Studio and asked him to pair some sake cups and Tokkuri for us. This set is making use of his signature Concord glaze (Konko-yu) from America, with clay from Japan. The Tokkuri is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter, 13.5 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and new from the artist in perfect condition.
Richard Milgrim (b. 1955) of White Plains New York graduated Antioch College in 1979 following a year travelling in Japan and internship at the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1412617 (stock #1397)
An earing clings to the “mimi” on this fabulous ash glazed vessel by one of our favorite hidden treasures, Tamura Roppo, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koshu Iga Mimitsuki Hanaire. The traditional form is affixed with two “ears”, from one of which clings one tremulous drip of ash, seeming to slightly weigh down that side. Happenstance occurring at just the right place at just the right time during the firing process that it survived without falling or breaking off. I...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1412975 (stock #1401)
Here is a masterpiece by Wakao Toshisada, one of the great artists of the post-war era who helped to save Shino (now one of the most popular Japanese forms) from extinction. This bowl was selected for the cover of the exhibition invitation card in 1973 (card included). It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Wakao Toshisada was born in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, home of Mino pottery, in 1933. He was first recognized at the New Crafts exhi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1426874 (stock #1514)
A large bowl by important contemporary porcelain artist Yagi Akira enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The shape is very elegant, with stiffly rising sides leading to an abrupt undulating rim in soft celadon green. A striking silhouette, it is 22 cm (8-1/2 inches) diameter, 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1430041 (stock #1556)
A Kurinuki sculpted ceramic box by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi Hai-Kaburi Tobako (Hagi Ash Glazed Ceramic box). It is 18 x 25 x 12.5 cm (7 x 10 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi’s most well known and easily identifiable names. Although an eighth generation potter inheriting an overtly conservative tradition, he has transcended limitations, and was one of the first to b...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1421567 (stock #1390)
Dashes of black like traces of some Zen ink painting decorate the surface of this set of five pates by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sumi-nagashi Chu-zara. Each is 23.5 cm (9-1/4 inches) diameter, and all are in excellent condition, dating circa 1970.
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 i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1428543 (stock #1532)
An elegant form in rich color shifting from aubergine base to green-yellow belt to turquoise shoulder with rare lavender inside the trumpeting mouth by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is signed on the base Kutani Masahiko. The vase is 21 cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kut...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1430628 (stock #1562)
A long sculptural vessel by Murakoshi Takuma in his signature crystalline green Keyaki-ash glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “TOBE” (Fly!). A widower, his wife enjoyed growing and arranging flowers. The shape of this vessel he says was inspired by memory of her. It is 54 x 11 x 17 cm (21 x 4-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches) and is 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 p...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1414672 (stock #1416)
Two semi crushed cylinders, of raw earth by Niisato Akio enclosed in the original compartmentalized and signed wooden box titled Can, Shigaraki. Usually presented singularly, this is the only paired group I am aware of. Each is roughly the size of a real can, the standing piece 13 cm (5 inches) tall, 10 cm (4 inches) diameter, the recumbent work 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) diameter and both are in prefect condition. These were made during his sojourn at the Shigaraki Togei No Mori Ceramics Research f...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1416265 (stock #1442)
A breathtaking white form of draped porcelain by Nagae Shigekazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Kieta Katachi (The Form Dissapeared). From a distance light patterns are almost indiscernible on the surface, however appear incredibly detailed and crisp when viewed close-up. What is surprising about this work is the weight, incredibly light. The piece measures 16 x 16 x 5 inches (41 x 41 x 12 cm) and is in excellent condition. Due to fragility this will require special shipping ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1418480 (stock #1453)
A solid brick of Shigaraki clay sculpted and torn covered in natural ash glaze by Fujimoto Hide enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Katamari (Mass). It is 24 x 16.5 x 17.5 cm (9-1/2 x 6-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches) and is in excellent condition, directly from the artist late last year. Fujimoto is inspired by the natural world around him, and the return to nature of the discarded and redundant remains of our civilization. He told me this piece was influenced by pier blocks he had seen cov...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1429354 (stock #1545)
A deep Tsutsugata chawan tea bowl by Hashimoto Tomonari in white-Raku glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shiro Raku Chawan. The deep sides rise steep from a wari-kodai split foot with a dramatic landscape of pin-holes and blanks of moon-colored clay; the thick white glaze fissured and crackled. A pearl of silver tinges the rim. It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Hashimoto Tomonari was ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1430341 (stock #1559)
A Wangata (bowl-shaped) White Raku Tea Bowl by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shiro-Raku Chawan. Blanks of pale gray left by the artists fingers, and a plethora of gray freckles make for an interesting landscape. It is 11.5 to 13 cm (4-1/2 to 5 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1430713 (stock #1563)
Incredible iridescent reds like licks of flame envelope this black Tsutsu-chawan by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku-yaki Yohen Tsutsu Chawan (Kiln Altered Raku Tea Bowl). Both texture and coloring, it is unparalleled among similar works I have seen by him. It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 10.5 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1425125 (stock #1507)
A wan-gata black Raku Chawan Tea bowl with silver foot about which iridescent rust seems to flame up, as if the bowl is still cooling, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The genuine silver foil has been applied by the artist to the foot where the glaze had adhered to the kiln tiles during firing. It is 9.5 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall, 12 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has f...