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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 : 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #678093 (stock #155)
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A sizable rectangular platter covered in pale mottled earth-toned glaze by Shigeya Iwabuchi (1925-1993) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A simple slab of clay, 1 inch (2.2 cm) thick, curled up in the corners. The simplicity is refreshing, the disparate surface natural and cool to the eye. It measures 16 by 11-1/2 inches (40 x 30 cm) and is in perfect condition. Shigeya was born in 1925 in Kyoto. He graduated the Kyoto Ceramics division of the Kyoto Industrial Research School, and ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #677840 (stock #152)
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A vase of tapering slabs with lug handles by Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original wooden box. No surface is left untouched, strips of clay cleaved and torn from all sides, accentuating the radical well bucket form. Strategic placement in the kiln allowed the piece to bake brick red in the flame in some parts, smatterings of ash here and there, with shadows of pale earth peering through from the edges of the backside. The vase is 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall, roughly 5 x 7 inches (12 x 18 cm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #676917 (stock #149)
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Another Radical piece by Hayashi Shotaro, this dramatic tsubo is thinly veiled in a crystalline feldspathic glaze, the violent eruptions peeling away from the surface catching and pooling the glaze to spectacular effect. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is 12-1/2 inches 831.5 cm) tall, 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in contemporary Mino ceramics. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #676211 (stock #148)
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Try describing this incredible Mizusashi covered in glassy Oribe green glaze by important artist Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Spectacular is all that comes to mind. It is entirely sculptural, with a refinement of glaze only this artist can create. The piece is 7 inches (18 cm) tall, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in contemporary Mino ceramics. He first began with a 7 year apprenticeship under hi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #675632 (stock #147)
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A large footed Aka-dobe dish by Tamba artist Noboru Ogami (b 1929) in the original signed wooden box with accompanying catalog Shokiten in which the piece was published. The deep dish is covered in dark brick colored glaze, the slightly warped rim curving in to a column cut through with triangle shapes resting on wide foot. It measures 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) in diameter, stands 7 inches (18 cm) to the rim and dates to about 1980. Ogami has received numerous awards in local and National Exhibition...
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 : Vases : Pre 1990 item #675160 (stock #145)
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A gorgeous orange tinted metal glaze speckles the surface of this large tsubo by Takahashi Wasaburo (who calls himself Wasa) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. The tsubo is 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) diameter, 11 inches (27 cm) tall and in fine condition. Wasaburo studied under Shigaraki Living National Treasure Ueda Naokata, from whom he received his kiln name, and later under Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi, who’s influence is evident here in the glaze. He has...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #673976 (stock #143)
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An aggressive Shigaraki Tsubo by Ogawa Seiho (1908-2001) enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. Feldspathic shiseki and explosive ishihaze scar the reddened clay while natural ash glaze shrouds the shoulder, and even now flames appear to lick up the sides. The artist has taken the very traditional shape and added a sense of drama by breaking away the edges of the base, bringing a contemporary feel to the conservative form. A great looking example by this popular artist remini...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #673574 (stock #142)
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Enhanced by the overall simplicity of form, soft Hagi earth-tones over rough sandy clay make for a compelling work of art by modern Hagi artist Shinjo Sadatsugu (Sukeuemon XIV) enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The piece underscores the artists roots in traditional ceramic-ware, and speaks of an elegance sometimes lost in todays rush to be different. It is 15 inches (38 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Sadatsugu was born into the Hagi Kamamoto in 1950. He graduate...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #671032 (stock #141)
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Two ethereal herons stand against a wind blasted bank lost to evening on this E-zara by Yokoishi Gagyu (b. 1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The deep dish is covered in a dark glaze shot through with pale fingers of white, the two creatures small against the other-worldly background. The backside is decorated with swirling lines of white, signed within the foot ring. It is 9-1/4 inches (23.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. His first exhibited piec...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #669902 (stock #139)
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Latticed windows of gold shine softly through the translucent blue glaze of this shapely vase by Kutani Master Matsumoto Saichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, and in excellent condition, dating circa 1985, a time of upheaval in the artist life where he established a wood fired climbing kiln in his new home village of Yoshinodani. Saichi comes from a distinguished line of potters, his Father being Sahei and grandfather Sataro. Both were prominen...
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 : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #668318 (stock #135)
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2 traditional Hagi bowls from the important Kaneta family artists Masanao and his father Sanzaemon, enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. Deep groves define the bowl by Masanao, the style and color more subdued than usual, a reminder of his roots in traditional tea ware. The bowl by Sanzaemon uses slightly more aggressive clay, the fissured surface bordering on Oni-ware. The Masanao bowl is 3-1/4 inches (8) cm tall, 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter. The Sanzaemon is the same diameter, s...
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 : Pre 2000 item #666160 (stock #131)
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A fantastic sculptural Bizen vase by Ajiki Hiro (b. 1948) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1995. The vase is roughly 14 inches (35 cm) tall and very heavy, the entire piece carved and cored from a solid block of clay. Hiro is an artist versed in many of Japans ceramic traditions. He fires Shino, Oribe, Seto, Raku, Bizen and Hagi styles as well as styles all his own. His daring Bizen forms have been compared to those of Kakurezaki Ryuichi, and in fact the two often coll...
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 #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...