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.
Fabulous Kimura Morinobu Kohiki Tsubo
Please refer to our stock # 1837 when inquiring.
My personal feeling is that Kohiki is one of the most Japanese of Japanese pottery styles; the rustic simplicity and grace truly epitomizes the traditional minimalist Japanese aesthetic. Here is an exceptional example by Kimura Morinobu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kohiki Henko. It is 33 cm (13 inches) tall, roughly 28.5 x 31 cm (11 x 12 inches) wide and in excellent condition. The soft pale earth-tones are dappled with fawn colors like sunlight drifting through the leaves to alight on the forest floor. Random streaks of iron accentuate the sense of musakui (lack of intention) which is so central to the Japanese ideas of art.
Kimura Morinobu (b. 1932) was one of three born into a pottery family in Kyotos Higashiyama pottery district. He attended the Kyoto Municipal School of Art graduating from the sculpture division, and entered the Kyoto Ceramic Research Facility, the stomping grounds of so many of the brightest talents in modern Japanese Pottery. After apprenticing under both his brother, Morikazu, and Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi, he established his own kiln in 1967. His list of exhibitions is much too long to put down here, he was named an intangible Cultural Property (Mukei Bunkazai) of Kyoto Prefecture in 1992. Works by the artist are held in the Kyoto National Museum among others.
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