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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 : 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 : Pre 2000 item #1420326 (stock #1470)
Archaic lines reminiscent of pre-historic pottery decoration adorn this tall vase by Ito Shin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The rough clay is allowed to show without overt glazing, adding a tactile sensibility and accentuating the neolithic aesthetic. This vase is 38 cm tall and in excellent condition and in excellent condition. Although he works in ash glazes as well this seki-ware is his most distinct style.
Ito Shin was born in Chiba in 1952 (not to be confused with the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1420251 (stock #1469)
Red on black, a brassy design by Mukunoko Eizo, one of the great artist in the lineage of Kawai Kanjiro, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Daizara (presentation dish). The audacious pattern instantly grips the viewer, seemingly random up the stem leading to a pyramid pattern on the surface. It is 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) diameter, 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in Shimane in 1942, Mukunoki Eizo graduated the prefectural ceramics research facility bef...
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 : Contemporary item #1419151 (stock #1460)
A fish swimming uphill is engraved into the side of this crusty ash glazed vase by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Here the artist has created a very unique “hada” or surface, by abrading the vessel when the clay was nearly dry. It stands out among his works for the way the glaze has then filled those abrasions and cervices in highlight and shadow. The vase is 17 x 14 x 16.5 cm (6-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1418928 (stock #1459)
A very simple shape covered in flying ash glaze by Murakoshi Takuma whose disregard for formalization is gaining him rock-star status. Everything he does is not just thick and natural, but seems to well up unfiltered from somewhere deep inside himself. This vase is no exception, based on the Mimitsuki Iga form of traditional tea room fare, here he has altered the rim, and made the entire smaller, with tiny lug handles which create a tension between themselves and the overall shape. It is 19 x...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1418288 (stock #1452)
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A large open vessel decorated with squirrels in kaki-otoshi style by Shinkai Kanzan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 36 cm tall, 27 cm diameter and in excellent condition. Due to size this will require special shipping consideration.
Shinkai Kanzan was born the grandson of Seifu Yohei III in 1912 and was raised from a baby in the confines of the Gojo-zaka ceramic district of Kyoto, inducted daily into the realm of pottery by his father and grandfather. He graduated the K...