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.
Masatomo Toi Contemporary Gold-Thorned Guinomi
Please refer to our stock # 1523 when inquiring.
Platinum thorns erupt from the brilliant smooth orange body of this Guinomi by Masatomo Toi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. When I asked the artist 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 brilliant. This small cup is 7 cm (3 inches) tall, the same diameter (plus the thorns) and in new condition, directly from the artist this spring.
Masatomo Toi was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1992, and graduated the Design course at the Tajimi Ceramics Research Facility in 2019. Since he has been developing his series “Thorny” while preparing for a year in Australia (which has been put on hold like all of our lives due to the virus).
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