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.
Murakoshi Takuma Contemporary 5 pc. Plate Set
Please refer to our stock # 1642 when inquiring.
sold, with thanks!
sold, with thanks!
A set of five thick slab discs by Murakoshi Takuma, the best kept secret in the Japanese hospitality industry. The clarity of his glaze is simply perfection. I am sitting here writing this set up, the sun is shining through the window just on the dish, an occasional cloud altering the quality of light allowing me to ponder the crazing of the fissures, the faint shadows in ripples in the clay accentuated by the varying depths of the glaze punctuated throughout with white pearls of molten shiseki like gemstones in the earth. They are masterful and natural and unpolished and perfect. Underneath three small feet keep the unfinished raw surface off the table. Each is 16 cm (6-1/4 inches) diameter and all are in excellent condition. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired for 75 dollars.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high demand. If there is anything he is known for, it is without a doubt his legendary status among restaurants and Izakaya as the man to make your food presentation perfect. He was born in Aichi prefecture in 1954 and began his stroll down the pottery path in 1980 under the tutelage of Kyoto potter Umehara Takehira. Favoring very rough Shigaraki glaze, he established his own kiln in 1997 in the Kiyomizu pottery district of Kyoto, then moved to Nagaoka in 2002. Although eschewing the world of competitive exhibitions, he has been picked up by many of Japan’s preeminent galleries, including private exhibitions at the prestigious Kuroda Toen of Tokyo’s Ginza District.
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