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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 #660374 (stock #116)
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A huge Yakishime vessel by modern ceramicist Mihara Ken (b. 1958) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This piece has an almost haunting presence, the hada sandy and rough, you would think it could crumble in your hands, yet is fired so hot it rings like a bell when tapped. The dark grays and raw earth tones add to that sense of mystery, like something ancient discovered in a dark cave. The vase is 14-3/4 inches (37.5 cm) tall and 11-1/4 (28.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Ke...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #662899 (stock #123)
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An igneous Shigaraki hana-ire by the innovative young Mushin-Gama potter Kowari Tetsuya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter at the bottom. It is in perfect condition. Tetsuya was born in Fuji-city Shizuoka in 1970, and graduated the prestigious Meiji University. He has apprenticed under a number of teachers, taking a bit from each without allowing their direction to overpower his own personal style. He works in S...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #665388 (stock #128)
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A mentori square vase with odd openings by American artist Donna Gilliss dating circa 1988 enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A huge red moon circles over the dark charred clay. The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 4 x 5 inches (10 x 13 cm) square and in excellent condition. Like Kakurezaki Ryuichi and other Bizen greats, Donna studied under Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun in 1972, and later under Isezaki Mitsuru from 1973-1978. She opened her own kiln in 1979, and has been displ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #666154 (stock #130)
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A Kogo incense container by Shigaraki legend Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original wooden box. A pool of crystal green shadows the lid. Cut from a single chunk of clay, it is 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) square and in perfect condition. Sadamitsu was born in Tokyo in 1935. He established his own kiln at 33, receiving the kiln name from his mentor Daitokuji priest Tachibana Oki Roshi. His Zen studies have refined the spiritual side of his work, and all of his wood fired ceramics have a quiet an...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #667643 (stock #133)
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A large Ruiza O-tsubo by Okada Teru (b. 1947) enclosed in the original signed wooden box purchased at a 2001 exhibition at the Osaka Takashimaya department Store. The entire surface has been cut with swirling facets, rising from red flame to charred dark earth. The tsubo is 16-1/2 inches (42 cm) tall, 13 inches (33 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. It retains the original exhibition guide and price card (500,000 yen, roughly 4,100 dollars). Born in Maidzuru, Kyoto prefecture, Teru app...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #668598 (stock #136)
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A sophisticated sculptural Bizen vase by rising Bizen star Watanabe Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Overlapping straps of clay rise to an unsuspecting end at the opening. The burnt red surface is mottled with soft charring and a smattering of green Shizen-Yu ash glaze. The piece is over 9 inches (23.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (19 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Takuma (b. 1968) learned the art of Bizen under the careful tutelage of Yamauchi Atsuyoshi followed by a stint...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #675432 (stock #146)
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Vivid red clay forms the thin smooth walls splattered with Shizen-yu Natural ash glaze of this unusual Tamba vase by Shimizu Masayoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) square, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. Masayoshi (b. 1955) learned the plastic arts under the tutelage of Tamba master potter Okami Noboru.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #679069 (stock #157)
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A large pottery box decorated with oribe patterns over textured Seto clay by Suzuki Goro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Iron designs in orange fill are supplanted by splashes of Oribe green. Inside the lid dragonflies circle over a snake in the base. Typical of this artist the piece is thickly potted and quite heavy, it is 7-1/2 inches (19.5 cm) square, 4-1/2 inches (12 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Goro has a list of shows and prizes too lengthy to go through, but the high...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #686251 (stock #167)
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Coral like texture seems to have settled on the shoulders of this sculpted Bizen vessel by artist Wakimoto Hiroyuki enclosed in the Original signed wooden box. The form is very natural, all curves and no glaze (it would make a great motto). Wakimoto is strongly influenced by the natural world and the shapes of ancient civilizations. From his native Japan to ancient China and Native American cultures, he assimilates and produces, all bending to his tools and wedges. This piece is roughly 8 in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #686513 (stock #169)
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A fantastic Mimitsuki fresh water container with rolling, sculptural corners very much in the style of the highly sought Bizen master Kakurezaki Ruichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 9 inches (23 cm) wide and in excellent condition, dating circa 1998. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #727167 (stock #194)
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Birds flit playfully in the rich foliage of a fiery maple on the front of this flattened ovoid vase by Nakamura Toshito enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The odd triangular opening is perfect for flower arrangement, offering place for larger branches to rest in the corners. The ovoid form appears to be hand formed, the clay raked and covered in white with hand-painted scenery in enamel over. The vase is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Toshito was simultaneou...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #745837 (stock #217)
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A squat vase by Bizen master Kakurezaki Ryuichi (b. 1950) enclosed in th original signed wooden box. A crisp line divides the upper pale ash coating and lower raw vitrified red clay. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) wide, 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in perfect condition. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with the ability to see the clays pot...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #764992 (stock #236)
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A Kuri-nuki mug and plate by important Hagi-yaki artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The cup is roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, the same diameter. The saucer is roughly 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter and both are in perfect condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #791009 (stock #258)
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A Nezumi-Shino tea bowl by Shino Artist Nakajima Masao (1922-present); the daring lines and rugged texture, in addition to the bold geometric patterns visible through the thick, pitted red glaze make this bowl quite outstanding. The artists’ stamp is impressed beside the Kodai, and it comes in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The large bowl measures 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter, just over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim and is in perfect condition, reminiscent of the famous Momoyama pe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #812233 (stock #277)
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A large and lovely platter by Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The wavelike surface traps the thick crystalline ash glaze in deep green pools, the edges left raw and exposed.  The excessive amount of glaze is typical of this artists work, and she is known for firing her kiln for up to 14 days straight.  The dish is roughly 1 foot (30 cm) square and in excellent condition.  Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artis...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #814198 (stock #279)
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Mercuric silver slides silently down the mottle silver black of this bottle form Oil Spot vase by Unokawa Kazumasa enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The drainage of silver in precise ribs down the side is quite striking, with the rich black separating slowly into crisply defined spots.  The vessel shows a mastery of the Tenmoku-Yuteki technique, one of the most difficult to control.  It is over 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.  According to Kazumasa, The clay w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #817601 (stock #280)
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Genuine gold filigree decorates the rich Spring-green body of this kogo incense container by highly sought modern female artist Ono Hakuko (1915-1996) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The small piece is decorated with florals outside, white porcelain inside. It is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist K...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #818380 (stock #282)
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An unusually large piece by Upcoming Bizen artist Wakimoto hiroyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Made as two slabs pushed together slightly ‚