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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 : Contemporary item #1422261 (stock #1480)
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Fissured layers of green like fractured alien ice cover this Mizusashi Fresh Water Jar by Minegishi Seiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box complete with shiori and Shifuku titled Beishokuji Mizusashi. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) 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, an...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1422214 (stock #1479)
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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 : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1422092 (stock #1477)
A stratified vessel of “foam Glaze” by Tsutsui Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Awa Desai Henko. Adept n many wares, this stratified shape of layered rusty pale earth is the artist’s most distinct style. The vase is 24 x 9 x 22 cm (9-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Tsutsui Osamu was born in Nagano prefecture in 1948, and graduated the Tokyo Craft Design Institute Ceramic division under Miura Isamu in 1969. He established his kiln i...
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 : Vases : Contemporary item #1421831 (stock #1475)
Rich colors radiate joy about the surface of this exquisite vessel by Akashi Shosaku vase enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Poured ash and colored glaze. It is 34 cm tall, 27.5 cm diameter and in excellent condition.
Akashi Shosaku was born in Tochigi prefecture in 1946, and was selected to study under the very important artist (and Living National Treasure) Hamada Shoji in 1962. He worked at the Hamada Kiln for almost 20 years. Leaving only after the death of Shoji, est...
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)
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.
Umeha...
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...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1417828 (stock #1451)
A breathtaking sculpture by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The inverted cone is dark gray with rust red and blue patterns waving across the surface like gas clouds on some distant moon. It is 46 cm (18 inches) tall, 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. The wooden box is titled: Untitled. In fact he does not title any of his work now, preferring to leave interpretation up to the viewer. After hand forming...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1417824 (stock #1449)
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A black Raku round Sake Cup by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Yohen Guinomi. It is 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) across, 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) tall and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated with a masters from the Kanazawa University of Art in March 2017, then relocated to Shigaraki. A visit to hi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1417822 (stock #1448)
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The surface of this bowl is like glossy rust, shot through with various shades and glimmering with mottled colors, the base irredescent red. It is by rising star Hashimoto Tomonari and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Untitled Utsuwa (vessel). It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. After hand forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1417430 (stock #1447B)
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Very little in life equals the joy of sipping from a gnarly “Sampson Cup” by the eccentric potter Murakoshi Takuma. Here is one from his most recent firing, which features cobalt along with the iron under the thick ash and feldspathic glazing. Cobalt is a recent addition to his clay art, and we are lucky to have acquired a couple pieces before they were all snatched up. The weight is pleasing, and the texture is a thrill for the senses. A real guy’s mug! It is 15 cm tall, slightly obl...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1417390 (stock #1447)
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Very little in life equals the joy of sipping from a gnarly “Sampson Cup” by the eccentric potter Murakoshi Takuma. Here is one from his most recent firing, which features cobalt along with the iron under the thick ash and feldspathic glazing. Cobalt is a recent addition to his clay art, and we are lucky to have acquired a couple pieces before they were all snatched up. The weight is pleasing, and the texture is a thrill for the senses. A real guy’s mug! It is 15 cm tall, slightly obl...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1416981 (stock #1446)
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A very unusual three sided vase by Miyashita Zenji covered in pale glaze with vertical stripes of color enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Deisai Kaki and titled kizashikaze (Sprouting wind). What makes this vessel quite unique is the use of vertical design. The majority of his work employs horizontal patterns, and it was only in his last years that he began exploring vertical motifs in full, however this piece dates circa 1995 so is a very early example of this ideal. It is 37...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1416978 (stock #1445)
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Floral motifs decorate the pale glazed panels on this Oblong bottle by LNT Hamada Shoji covered otherwise in Kaki-yu brick colored glaze and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki-yu Tetsu-e Henko. A signature example of the works he performed in the 1930s and 40s. It is slightly larger than normal, 22 cm (8-3/4 inches) tall 8 x 15.5 cm (3-1/4 x 6 inches) square and in excellent condition.
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) was born in Tokyo, and enrolled in the Tokyo Technical Univ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1416401 (stock #1444)
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A recumbent form of grungy urban themes by Kato Kiyoyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the 1960s. It is 42 x 7 x 13.5 cm (16-1/2 x 3 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. The box has oxidized with age.
Kato Kiyoyuki was born in 1931, the heir to a long-established tile-making business in Seto. He studied ceramics at high school however his main interest lay in painting and sculpture, and it was only when he was in his late twenties that he began to work in ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1416353 (stock #1443)
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An open coffer in Gosu Blue and Iron glaze by Kanjiro Kawai enclosed in an old kiri-wood box titled Kanjiro-Saku, Gosu Koro and signed by his wife Tsune. It is 11.6 cm (4-1/2 inches) square, 8.2 cm (3 inches) tall and is in fine condition. A streak of sharp white glaze has dripped into one corner before or during the firing. For similar examples see the Katsukawa collection published in the biblical tome by the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by natu...
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 : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1416002 (stock #1441)
Three various shapes in three different woods by Kawakita Hirohiko, an artist known for his ability to pull the very best of the wood grain to the surface of his works. Here is a wide cup of Horse Chestnut (Tocchi) with two close bands of zig-zagging metal belting the center and a lively tiger-eye pattern in the wood. Beside that is a tall thinner cup of Zelkova (Keyaki), a highly prized hardwood from the elm family, with three bands of metal inlayed among ever-so-slightly sculpted facets. Th...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1415806 (stock #1439)
Allowed extra time in the firing, this is a gorgeous ash encrusted vessel by one of the living masters of kiln effect, Murakoshi Takuma, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Tsubo. It is roughly 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall and 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 pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high deman...
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 : Pottery : Contemporary item #1415732 (stock #1437)
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A black Raku Guinomi by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku Yaki Kohen Guinomi. It is 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) across, the same height and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated with a masters from the Kanazawa University of Art in March 2017, then relocated to Shigaraki. A visit to his humble hom...