Takatori Sculptures-Vases by Sueyoshi Hiromitsu

Takatori Sculptures-Vases by Sueyoshi Hiromitsu

Takatori pottery is almost always associated with thinly-potted Tea vessels, until now. On a recent trip to Kyushu searching out such Takatori Tea vessels I found the Takatori studio of Sueyoshi Hiromitsu(b.1960) and was bowled over when I saw this Sueyoshi trio. Evoking gothic or sci-fi images, these Sueyoshi creations are the first in the long Takatori tradition of course using the traditional ash-glazes that Takatori is so well-known for. Sueyoshi apprenticed with Agano potter Kumagae Yasuoki (who was Tsuji Seimei’s apprentice) in 1980 and then in 1986 with Kaneko Mitomu; he established his present studio in 1987. He’s been in various juried exhibitions in western Japan as well as exhibiting at regional galleries and dept. store galleries. The trio seen here are from L-R: 39.5cm.tallx20.2cm.x16 and is 185,000 yen, the middle is 42.4cm.tallx20.5 and is 200,000 yen, the right one is 37cm.tallx21x14.5 and is 175,000 yen; all are in perfect condition with signed boxes, EMS included.

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Spiral Shigaraki Jar-Sculpture by Ishiyama Tetsuya

Spiral Shigaraki Jar-Sculpture by Ishiyama Tetsuya

Not only does Ishiyama create spiraling works of banded color he also makes them in a traditional Shigaraki way; he’s taken the local style and made it purely his own. In tandem with the spiral work in the previous posting–back from Kyushu, works to arrive–this Ishiyama work is 27.3cm. tallx26.5 cm. in perfect condition with a signed box. On a side note, hope to see you in Denver for this exhibition: http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/from-the-fire-japanese-ceramics

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Three Superbly Fired Forms–Isezaki-Takahashi-Kato

Three Superbly Fired Forms–Isezaki-Takahashi-Kato

Here are three superbly fired forms–with Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun showing a yohen Bizen vase, a stunning tall Shigaraki jar by Takahashi Rakusai V and a kawai-cool Shigaraki pumpkin vase by Kato Takahiko; each in perfect condition with signed boxes, the Isezaki is 26.2cm.tallx17cm at base and is 360,0000 yen (EMS included); the Takahashi is 43.5cm.tallx 29cm. and is On Reserve; the Kato is 23cm.tallx22cm. and is 130,000 yen.

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Oribe Vase-Sculpture by Kato Yasukage XIV

Oribe Vase-Sculpture by Kato Yasukage XIV

Kato Yasukage (1964-2012) was born into quite an illustrious Mino potting family and a 14th generation potter who left this world physically much too soon. When his father passed away the young Kato was sent to Bizen to study with Living National Treasure Yamamoto Toshu. Afterwards, he studied at Nagoya Arts University and then took over his families kiln adding a chic-contemporary sensibility to his Mino roots. Here is such a work, an Oribe vase that only he could have made; in perfect condition with a signed box — by his mother — 27.3cm.tall x 17.x12.3, signed on base, EMS delivery included.

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Set of Six Aka-E Overglaze Plates by LNT Fujimoto Yoshimichi

Set of Six Aka-E Overglaze Plates by LNT Fujimoto Yoshimichi

Have you ever heard of the ‘Phantom’ Dinner set? If not, then read about it here. It was made by the late Living National Treasure Fujimoto Yoshimichi(1919-1992) who was a master with the brush. Here we offer a rare six-piece red and green overglaze enamel plate set; notice the lightness and fluidity in the brush paintings, very much in the same league as Kawai, Hamada and Tomimoto. All perfect condition with a signed box, 5cm.tall x 20cm.wide, signed on base, stoneware.

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