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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 #1422214 (stock #1479)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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A tall celadon vase by Minegishi Seiko complete with shiroi and Shifuku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Suiseiji Shinogite Somimi Hanaike (Crystal-Celadon Faceted Two-Handled Vase). It is 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in 1952 in Saitama, Minegishi Seiko studied under various masters in Nagano, Tochigi and Ibaragi, going solo at the young age of 22. He worked in Kohiki ware initially, but moved to celadon, and is considered one of a select ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1422117 (stock #1478)
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A lovely Tokkuri by celadon master Minegishi Seiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Beishokuji Shinogi Tokkuri complete with the shiori and Shifuku. It is 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in 1952 in Saitama, Minegishi Seiko studied under various masters in Nagano, Tochigi and Ibaragi, going solo at the young age of 22. He worked in Kohiki ware initially, but moved to celadon, and is considered one of a select few true masters of that form in Ja...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1422068 (stock #1476)
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Gorgeous flowing ash covers this small bottle form by Sawa Katsunori enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Tokkuri complete with shiori and wrapping cloth. An eye of raw terracotta clay, where it rested on its side, is surrounded by thick green crystallized ash. A superb work by this artisan. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall and in new condition.
Sawa Katsunori was born in Shigaraki, son of master potter Sawa Kiyotsugu, in 1980. Growing up among the kilns, he graduat...
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 : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1421287 (stock #1473)
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A prototypical example of this artists most sought-after style, a ‘Scattered Blossoms’ vessel by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Funka Kabin (Scattered Flowers Vase). It is 22 cm (8-3/4 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition, dating from the late ‘70s.
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 Municip...
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 #1420918 (stock #1471)
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Exquisite kiln effects mark this Ujoyaki Tsubo by Imai Rikei from Aomori Prefecture enclosed in the original signed wooden box named Zuiha (Swirling wave). It is 33 cm tall, 29 cm diameter and in excellent condition. Imai Rikei was born in Aomori Prefecture in 1947, and fires in the Ujoykai traditional manner making use of the worlds longest climbing kiln (guiness book of world records, 103 meters long, you can see it on youtube). He has received a number of awards and exhibited with the Asah...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1420037 (stock #1468)
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Embers cling to the stone-like surface of this charred cylinder by Umehara Isamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Kakehana-ire. The slightest hint of crystalline green ash glaze turned to glass glimmers in the cleft on the side. From the back protrudes a bronze ring for hanging, in a form befitting the humble Japanese tea aesthetic. The vase is named Azemichi (the narrow path between rice fields). It is 18.5 cm (7-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1419987 (stock #1467)
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An organic cup with sculpted sides covered in crackled pale glaze with random windows of raw and blackened clay by Ishii Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10.5 cm (just over 4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. His original forms and unique powerful glaze application strike a chord between nature, tradition and contemporary.
Ishii Takahiro was born in Gunma prefecture in 1977 took up an apprenticeship under the revolutionary Bizen artist Kakurezaki Ryuichi ...
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 : Contemporary item #1419480 (stock #1464)
A funny little vessel perfect for a few small flowers in the window by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This was sitting on a rock in the center of his garden, exposed under a leafless tree this winter, and I fell in love with the quirky shape. He looked at me very questioningly when I asked him the price, must have thought I was crazy. The vessel is taken from a water pump shape, and thus is called Pompu Hanatsubo (Pump Flower Vase). It partially collapsed in the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1419395 (stock #1463)
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An early ball shaped vase by Kasama pottery legend Wada Morihoro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Desiai-fu Kusamon Tsubo. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
Wada Morihiro (1944-2008) was born in Hyogo prefecture and studied at the Kyoto Municipal University of Art in 1967. He would study under Kiyomizu Rokubei as well as Living National Treasures Tomimoto Kenkichi and Fujimoto Masamichi (Nodo). He worked at a commun...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1419246 (stock #1462)
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A set of three stacking bowls with lid by Wada Morihoro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Asuka-mon Kasanebachi. Together they are 18 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Wada Morihiro (1944-2008) was born in Hyogo prefecture and studied at the Kyoto Municipal University of Art in 1967. He would study under Kiyomizu Rokubei as well as Living National Treasures Tomimoto Kenkichi and Fujimoto Masamichi (Nodo). He worked at a communal kiln in Kochi, on the islan...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1419152 (stock #1461)
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Delicate white “Mountain Priest Flowers”, called Yamaboshi in Japanese (Kousa Dogwood) decorate this vase by Shimada Fumio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saiji Yamaboshi-mon Hishigata Bin. It is 25 x 9.5 x 35 cm (10 x 4 x 14 inches) and is in excellent condition. br> Shimada Fumio is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists working in porcelain in Japan today. He was born in Tochigi prefecture in 1948, and his work was accepted into the 21st Nihon Dento Kogeiten Nationa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1418810 (stock #1457)
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Sunrise colors grow gradually lighter toward the top of this odd shaped vessel culminating in brilliant pink by Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saidei Kaki. It is 31 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Miyashita Zenju, and graduated the Kyoto Municipal University of Art under Kiyomizu Kyubei and Kusube Yaichi. Starting with the most difficult, he worked from Celadon, which relies ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1418737 (stock #1456)
Red oxidation swirls among the crinkled white covering the sandy clay of this tea bowl by Hori Ichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches ) diameter 9.5 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Hori Ichiro (b. 1952) graduated the Tajimi School of Industrial Design and apprenticed under Kato Kozo. He has been awarded the Governors prize at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibtion, and has been displayed at the Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten as well as Nihon Den...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1418634 (stock #1454)
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Pitted thick white glaze tinged with blue, gray, orange and pink and shot through with iron covers this dramatic form by Hayashi Shotaro torn from sandy orange clay enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Te-Oke Kaki. It is 30 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition, retaining the original Shifuku wrapping cloth and Shiori card.
Hayashi Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in contemporary Mino ceramics. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under his...
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...