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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #689783 (stock #171)
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A heavily potted Ash-glaze vase by Seto potter Kato Shinya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The geometric patterns collide and dance off each other, gray on white, a piece well representing the artistic endeavors of the era in which it was created. The vase is quite large, 13 inches tall, 8-1/4 inches diameter and in excellent condition. Shinya was born into the family of Seto potter Kato Sakusuke in 1940, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art sculpture division in 1964, follow...
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 #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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #685251 (stock #165)
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An unusual bit of Seto ware by important artist Kato Sho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Enigmatic windows in the smooth black coating reveal icy-pale glaze and one streak of raw sandy earth baked red. The bowl is quite large, and very pleasing to hold, slightly tapered so as to concentrate the aroma rising from the freshly whipped tea. The piece is signed alongside the kodai Sho-saku. It is 4 inches (10 cm) tall, roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter and in perfect condition, dating...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #684975 (stock #164)
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A mysterious mottle of color drifts like smoke around the surface of this Bizen Tsubo shaded with clouds of natural pale green ash by Hibata Koken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 14 inches (35.5 cm) diameter, 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in fine condition. It is a hefty piece weighing in at about 12 kilograms including the box. Koken (b. 1921) has been displayed on a National level at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition), Nihon Togei Ten (Jap...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #682921 (stock #163)
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A large color splashed charger by one of Kyotos more original artists Tsuboi Asuka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vessel has a narrow foot with steadily rising sides creating a light airy feel; sheet white clay covered in green glass interspersed with runs of opaque shadow. Perfect for a service of summer fruits, or as a shallow basin for an arrangement of summer flowers. It is just less than 16 inches (40 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Asuka, originally of Osaka, ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #682667 (stock #162)
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Soft lavender and blue meld on the surface of this fine koro by Yamazaki Koyo (1890-1979) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece features a rosewood lid inlayed with a polished agate pull. The shade of glaze is so unusual, thick as one might expect of Mingei, yet incredibly delicate like the robins egg colors produced by China. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) wide, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Koyo studied under Kiyomizu Rokubei VI, and was displayed consistently...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #681849 (stock #161)
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A red earthen cylinder inlayed about the rim with dragonflies by JCS award winner Imai Masayuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dragonflies (also called Katsumushi, or insect of victory) are inlayed into the red clay with white and buff clay, covered with resist, and a thin iron slip applied over the remainder of the vase. The slip color is so closely matched to the underlying brick-red clay one cannot see the difference. The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) dia...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #680176 (stock #158)
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A mischievous bowl covered in dense ash by the late master Furutani Michio (1946-2000) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The ash is so thick as to almost pacify the ragged clay surface; its resonant peaks still visible underneath where the clay is roughest. Inside dark charring scars the back of the bowl where flame licked the surface, and rivulets of crusty green vein the gray skin. The bowl is almost 9 inches (22 cm) diameter, over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim. Three crispy spurs a...
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...