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.
Kumano Kurouemon Large Shino Flower Basin
Please refer to our stock # 1360 when inquiring.
Hand prints on the rim reverberate like echoes of the potter on this very large basin in Kuma-Shino Glaze by reclusive potter Kumano Kurouemon (also Kuroemon) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shiro Mori-bachi (White Oversized-Bowl). Deep pits and crawling in the thick glaze are trademarks of this potters work. This piece has the added feature of much revealed clay, like snow receding from stone, a site this potter is very familiar with deep in the forested hills of Echizen. It is 16-1/2 x 15-1/2 x 6 inches (42 x 39 x 15 cm) and in new condition.
A ceramic madman, oil painter and recluse, Kuroemon is as eccentric as his pottery predicts. Born in Fukui prefecture in 1955 Kuroemon was a painter from youth, he began his studies under Fujita Jurouemon in 1976, and moved to study also under Toda Soshiro. Invited to the Soviet Union he spent time there and in Sakhalin in the 80s, returning to Japan to build his own kiln in 1987. He was the feature of a major exhibition in Germany in 2004, but aside from a few small exhibitions held in Japan (which quickly sell out) he remains a humble artist holed up in his mountain hermitage and works by him are not easy to acquire.
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