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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 : Vases : Contemporary item #1402501 (stock #1332)
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Hi-iro flame color glows as if still hot among the ash on the surface of this superb closed Jar by Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Tsubo. It is 10 inches (26 cm) tall, 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Otani Shiro was born in Shigaraki in 1936 and graduated the Prefectural School in the ceramics department in 1956, which he followed up with 4 years studying decorating techniques under Morioka Yutaro. He then moved to Kyot...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1980 item #1429914 (stock #1551)
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An iconic work in pale white by Living National Treasure Tsukamoto Kaiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakuji Karakusa Hachi (white porcelain bowl with Chinese Grass Design). The execution is breathtaking, so perfectly formed it demonstrates clearly the talent for which he was named a Living National Treasure. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
Tsukamoto Kaiji (1912-1990) was fascinated with Song period Hakuji and Se...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1430201 (stock #1557)
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A fabulous pair of deep sake cps by Nakagawa Jinenbo in the original signed wooden box titled E-Karatsu Guinomi retaining the Shiori and Shifuku. Each is 7 cm (2-5/8) inches tall and in excellent condition. A quintessential Karatsu work by this definitive artist.
Nakagawa Jinenbo (1953-2011) was always fascinated with Karatsu ware, and studied under the great Inoue Toya from the age of 24. Several years later he returned to his hometown to establish a climbing kiln of his own, which he ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1427545 (stock #1522)
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I find this piece captivating, the golden thorns rupturing the rough and blank matte white clay. 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 be flat, rough-hewn, colorful, torn, mat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1390523 (stock #1275)
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A spiraling form rises to a small opening creating this temporal vase by Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The mouth is at an angle, allowing the viewer a unique image depending upon the angle from which it is seen. It is 5 x 9 inches (13 x 23cm) and is in excellent condition.
Takatsu Mio (b. 1976) was raised in Gifu prefecture among the scattered kilns of Mino. She graduated the Osaka University of Arts Sculpture Department in 1999, moving on to advanced studies ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1414119 (stock #1405)
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Fresh out of the oven, here is a delicious treat to start the new year right, a crusty dancing form by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Mimitsuki Hana-ire. Not only does the vase itself feel alive with movement, but the encrustations of ash and glossy molten ash glaze seem to be still in formation, as if it is still settling in the kiln. It is 26 cm (10 inches) tall and in perfect condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1414871 (stock #1420)
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An unusual pattern of waves lap at the base of this elegant silver and blue vessel by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nami Jomon Kabin. It is 6 inches (16 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Morino 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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1399689 (stock #1303)
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Like a fossilized ammonite excavated from some dry desert pit, dry green glass leaves off to arid cracked earth on this swirling vessel by Atarashi Kanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is a powerful work with sensational textures. 26 cm (10 inches) diameter, rising from 7 to 11 cm (3 to 4-1/2 inches) high at the shoulder. Due to the convoluted shape and extreme temperatures there are stress fractures born from the firing process.
Atarashi Kanji was born in Osaka in 1944, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1400450 (stock #1308)
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A heavy Oribe vessel of thickly molded clay covered in swatches of matte white and crystalline green spattered with iron by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oribe Hanaire. An exemplary sample of this important artists style, it is roughly 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in excellent condition, dating circa 1993.
Koie Ryoji, was born in Tokoname in 1938 and graduated the Tokoname industrial school before moving on to work at a tile factory in 1957, where he would los...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1368114 (stock #1149)
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An exquisite ash encrusted form by Furutani Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box retaining the original exhibition card from Central Gallery. Here he draws inspiration from ancient shapes, while bringing them into the modern era with a stepped base and advanced firing techniques leading to exquisite kiln effects. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall, 6 inches 815.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Furutani Michio is one of the Gods of Shigaraki, an artist who wrote the bo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1368524 (stock #1154)
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A deep black glazed bowl perfect for winter tea by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in a wooden box annotated by his student and titled Seto Guro Chawan. The subtleties difficult to discern, there are two distinct colors of black, with shiny, and one matte. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 3-3/4 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006) was not only an accomplished ceramic artist, but also a painter, calligrapher, sculptor and musician. Born in Niigata pr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1390042 (stock #1274)
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A shell shaped swirling form by young female artist Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5cm)wide, roughly 7 inches (18cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Takatsu Mio (b. 1976) was raised in Gifu prefecture among the scattered kilns of Mino. She graduated the Osaka University of Arts Sculpture Department in 1999, moving on to advanced studies which she completed in 2001. Her first exhibited works were in 1999, and then again in Tokyo in 2001. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1414078 (stock #1404)
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the silhouette of birds flit through the branches of the forest which rises up in white trunks on the verdant green of this flower receptacle by Yamaguchi Yoshihiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kasai Ju-in Mon Hanaike. The pebble textured surface is very unusual for Kutani ware, and bridges the glitzy world of porcelain and the more matte world of ceramics. The soft palette allows the vase to work in any decor, the abstract lines seeming to grow up randomly, without intent...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1414839 (stock #1418)
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An incense burner in Moai (Indigo Cloud) glaze by Morino Taimei (Hiroaki) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Moai Koro. It is capped with a woven silver lattice lid signed by the silver smith, and is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Koro by this artist are extremely rare.
Morino 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 graduat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1415765 (stock #1438)
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Inclusions burst and bubble out from the thick coating of ash which clings to the terracotta surface of this elongated form by Murakoshi Takuma from last years firing enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Chuki (Seving Vessel). Although the title here is tea pot, he does not specify tea, and in fact, knowing him, he probably would use it for Shochu (Japanese hard liquor). It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those eni...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1419764 (stock #1465)
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A bottle form of rough red clay blasted with a profusion of colors running in rivulets over the heavily tactile surface by Nakagawa Jinenbo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Chossen Karatsu Tokkuri. It is 5 inches (12 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Nakagawa Jinenbo (1953-2011) was always fascinated with Karatsu ware, and studied under the great Inoue Toya from the age of 24. Several years later he returned to his hometown to establish a climbing kiln of his own, wh...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1422715 (stock #1484)
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Every facet is unique on this natural torn shape by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Hanaike ‘Honoka’ or Fire Flower. It is much like a flower in clay, rising up from the bulb, the flowers placed into it the extension of the stalk. It is 32.5 cm (12-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kishimoto Kennin has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Shino, Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1424863 (stock #1503)
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A fabulous porcelain sake set by Minami Ayako from her legendary Yukifusuma (Blanket of Snow) series featuring a brilliant flower peering out from a drift of white, each enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Here both a sake cup and Kataguchi pouring vessel, the cup is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter. The Kataguchi is 15 x 11 x 9.5 cm (6 inches long) and both are in new condition.
Minami Ayako was born the daughter of Kutani artist Minami Shigmasa in Ishikawa prefecture, 1984. Whil...