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.
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Ash Glazed Shuchu Sake Server by Murakoshi Takuma
Please refer to our stock # 1717 when inquiring.
Rust covers the dilapidated pump form of this unusual sake server (shuchu) by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes titled simply Shuchu. Ash mingles with the feldspar punctuated raw clay and iron on the surface, the top burst open like some old rusted can, the handle bent and tired. It would also make a great vase at 14.5 x 10 x 15 cm (5-3/4 x 4 x 6 inches) and is in excellent condition, from the artist this spring, the only one like this I have ever seen him make.
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. 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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