Modern Japanese Ceramics Pottery Contemporary
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1490482 (stock #MC540)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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An unusual Suzuri ink stone by one of the founding fathers of the influential Mingi movement, Kawai Kanjiro, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tetsu-yu Suzuri. It is 10.5 x 18 x 5 cm (4 x 7 x 2 inches) and in excellent condition, dating from the 1920s.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto). Together with compatriots Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach (with whom he traveled throughout Asia) established the modern Mingei movement in ceramics, the most influential ceramics movement in the 20th century. His research on glazes (of which he developed thousands over a lifetime of work) remains influential as well. Refusing to be limited to ceramics, Kanjiro also worked in bronze, wood and paint. An interesting final note on this unusual artist, when offered the title of Living National Treasure, an honor bestowed on very few, he declined.