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 : 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...