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 : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1432669 (stock #1588)
A versatile platter with three Mukozuke dishes, perfect for condiments or hors-d’oeuvres. I imagine, in Japanese cuisine, a large grilled fish shared by the family, with pink salt, sansho, and sea salt in the three dishes, there to flavor to your taste. The tops are smooth cut like folded paper, but the bottoms are torn away in honeycomb like cubicles, creating a very distinct contrast unique to this artist. The plate is 14 x 28 x 4 cm (5-1/2 x 11 x 1-1/2 inches). The high dishes are 8.5 c...
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.
Kato Tsubusa was born in Tajimi city, the home of Shino, in 1962, graduating the municipal Pottery D...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1432398 (stock #1402)
A bottomless green pool by master of Seihakuji Kato Tsubusa enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Wan. A big telltale tear drop reaches down to grasp the table, exquisite. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kato Tsubusa was born in Tajimi city, the home of Shino, in 1962, graduating the municipal Pottery Design and Technical Center in 1979. However, after working some in pottery, he moved on to white porcelain, a leap from which he has nev...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1432372 (stock #1587)
A dramatic celadon basin torn from a slab of raw porcelain clay, a dedication to raw power and inertia by important contemporary artist Kato Tsubusa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 28.5 x 22 x 14 cm (11 x 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
Kato Tsubusa was born in Tajimi city, the home of Shino, in 1962, graduating the municipal Pottery Design and Technical Center in 1979. However after working some in pottery, he moved on to white porcelain, a leap from...
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.
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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. Something unexpected that occurred inside the kiln during the firing or cooling process, that caused a deviation from the norm or ex...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1432245 (stock #1585)
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A petaled vase in snow s\white porcelain with silver blossoming from the rim by Itaya Narumi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, from the artist this year. Itaya Narumi was born in Gifu in 1991, and graduated the Toki City Ceramics Research Facility in 2015. She has participated in several exhibitions since, with an emphasis on natural forms and tactile senses.
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.
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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. 1980) is a fourth-generation potter and chosen to inherit the tradition of Saiji micro-calligraphy for the Tamura ...
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. Kurinuki is the technique of digging a form out of a block of clay, and once again here ...
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.
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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. With his older brother Mitsuru he studied the plastic arts under the fierce...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1431852 (stock #1577)
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What treasure or pleasure awaits inside this silver lined cup by Itaya Narumi, only for the bearer to know. The inside of the cup is lined with smooth silver glaze, while the glistening quite outside has been carved away, every divot and ridge a tactile pleasure. It comes enclosed in a wooden box titled simply: Hai (sake cup). It is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, from the artist this year.
Itaya Narumi was born in Gifu in 1991, and graduated the Toki City Cera...
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. The red body is roughly 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter,...
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.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the fami...
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.
Suzuki Soji was born the first son of potter Suzuki Kiyoshi in Kyoto in 1939. A prodigy, his first pieces were accepted at the Kyoto Prefectural Crafts Exhibiti...
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...