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.
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 : Contemporary item #1432621 (stock #1297)
A rare large vessel by Kato Tsubusa combining his early extruded sculptural techniques with function and form while showcasing both the pure white plastic porcelain and lustrous Mediterranean green of his signature celadon glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 40 cm (15-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. A perfect vessel to encapsulate this artists repertoire...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1432337 (stock #1586)
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A fabulous thin walled Bizen basin made for use as a fresh water container for the Japanese Tea Ceremony with black lacquered wooden lid enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Living National Treasure Yamamoto Toshu. This burnished style reminiscent of sangiri techniques is the signature work of this important Bizen artist. Here a plethora of colors vie for dominance on the ordinarily sedate brown clay. It is 22 cm diameter, 13 cm tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1432324 (stock #1585)
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A most unusual tea bowl charred black on one side which emenates a golden glow on the raw earth opposite, by Bizen living national Treasure Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed double wood storage box titled Bizen Yohen Chawan (Kiln Altered Tea bowl) with silk wrapping cloth. The beauty of kiln altered works is that they are quite often entirely unique...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1432220 (stock #1584)
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Pale jade spots dot the incised surface of this unusual vase by Nagae Shigekazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box retaining the Shiori and Shifuku. The vase, if not for its distant, moon-like quality, has a very pop-art-presence, blending both the austerity of Japanese traditional aesthetics with contemporary art. Fun and moving; a haunting pleasure. It is 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall, 5 inches (13 cm) square at the base, 7 inches (19 cm) wide at the rim and in excellent condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1432166 (stock #1582)
Cherry blossoms open to the viewer below a softly colored belt of geometrics on this gourd shaped vase featuring minute poems in running calligraphy (Saiji) by Tamura Seito enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saiji Sakura Mon Kaki (Vase decorated with Cherry and Minute Calligraphy). The vase is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Tamura Seito (b...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1432063 (stock #1581)
Gold nuggets gleam on the deep lavender and black surface of this organic form by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kurinuki Kinsai Mizusashi. Kinsai is literally gold color, and here the artist has embedded gold into the surface, allowing it to expand and bubble out in the heat of the firing process. The effect of this on the dark matt surface is both striking and original...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1432019 (stock #1580)
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In fact it could be called Kurinuki Ishime Chawan, as the rough surface of this bowl by Inayoshi Osamu is created not only by carving or sculpting the bowl from a solid lump of clay, a technique called Kurinuki, but the artist then takes round stones with various textures he has gathered and works the surface with the stones, allowing the texture to transfer to the drying clay before glazing. A subtle but expressive difference noticed more by the one holding the bowl than one simply viewing it...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431888 (stock #1579)
Striated textures and swift blown ash combine with highly unique colorful kiln effects on this tea bowl by Living National Treasures Isezaki Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Hikidashi Chawan. Albeit beautiful, this piece must be held truly grasp the genius of the artist. The texture awakens the senses while the mottling of colors makes for a visual feast from any angle. It is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431853 (stock #1578)
A superb example of this traditional shape by Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Mizusashi. Glaze seems to be worn and deteriorated from centuries of use on the dark earthen surface. It is 18.5 cm (7-1/2 inches) Diameter, 19 cm (7-5/8 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Isezaki Jun was born the second son to the prominent Bizen family of Isezaki Yozan...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1431720 (stock #1576)
When I asked him about his concept, he explained the clay body is the individual formed by self-image, societal pressure, ego, all the things which constrict our actions and channel our emotions. The thorns are the true inner self bursting out of the surface, irrepressible, they pierce the shell and shine like the sun. Though the visible surface may be flat, rough-hewn, colorful, torn, matte, dark, muddled, the inner self is always golden...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431586 (stock #1575)
Layers of color in an amorphic form like a jellyfish (or perhaps when smoiking like an underwater volcano) by Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Deisai Koki, Umi no Ho (Colored Clay Incense Vessel, Musical Score of the Sea).It is 21 x 19 x 10 cm (8 x 7-1/2 x 4 inches) and is in excellent condition. An annotation in the box mentions that the piece was exhibited at Takashimaya In Kyoto, March of 1993...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431540 (stock #1574)
An incense burner decorated with gold and silver veined autumn leaves over crackled ice-like glaze by Suzuki Soji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kinginsai Kusabana Mon Koro (Gold and Silver Colored Floral Incense Burner). It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter, 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431434 (stock #1573)
Wedges of torn clay are stacked at odd angles pierced with triangular holes and covered in rich green copper glaze to form this very unusual contemporary Koro by Higashida Shigemasa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This rough topography is countered by the serene stillness of the glaze pooled on the flats and in the crevices, offering respite for the viewer from the virile landscape. It is 26.5 (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Higashida Shigemasa was born i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431381 (stock #1572)
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One of the best I have ever seen by him. A metallic Shino Chawan by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Shino Yohen O-Chawan and named inside Rokugo (also read Rikugo) which is something to do with the ancient concept of the tertiary levels of heaven and earth. Rokugo is outside the Human realm, the universe, the heavens. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition complete with silk pouch and double wood black lacque...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1431338 (stock #1571)
A double gourd shaped covered water jar by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni-Shino Mizusashi and inside named Robai-ju (Robai is a type of early blossoming plum, Ju is ball). It is just under 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter, 6 inches (15 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006) was not only an accomplished ceramic artist, but also a painter, calligrapher, sculptor and musician. Born in Niigata prefecture, he was at Waseda Universi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431132 (stock #1570)
A Red Shino Chawan by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka (ne) Shino Chawan and named in side after a mountain (I cannot read the name, Big-Something-Mountain). It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition complete with silk pouch and double wood black lacquered outer box.
Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006) was not only an accomplished ceramic artist, but also a painter, calligrapher, sculptor and musician. Born in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431002 (stock #1569)
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A deep, perfectly formed bowl covered in plates of various colors, the signature style of Mukoyama Fumiya enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kyo-mon Chawan (Border Pattern Teabowl). One of three in stock, each with unique designs, it is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Mukoyama Fumiya was born in Tokyo in 1960, graduating the Kyoto Ceramic Research institute before apprenticing in Hagi under 15th generation Sakakura Shinbei in 198...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1430966 (stock #1568)
A fabulous design of inlayed and colored lines by Mukoyama Fumiya enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zogan Yusai Kyokusen-mon Mizusashi (Color Inlayed Curved-Line Pattern Water Jar). It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) diameter, 20 cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Mukoyama Fumiya was born in Tokyo in 1960, graduating the Kyoto Ceramic Research institute before apprenticing in Hagi under 15th generation Sakakura Shinbei in 1984. He spent time in Shiga before settling in...