Toki City (Gifu Prefecture) Intangible Cultural Property Sakai Kobu’s (b.1936) kiln is SO small he hardly ever fires anything larger than a chawan or sake cup. Also at 82 he’s firing only once a year and here are some recent works, plus a 2014 large–for his kiln–squat jar…. More
To celebrate the 16th edition of Sake Today–just published–RYYG is showing here sixteen sake vessels ranging from the Muromachi period (Ko-Seto with kintsugi) to works recently made; please see captions for the names of the artists (when known) and if any are of interest please email… More
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Kukuri, Kani, Okaya, and Ohira are the names of places in Gifu prefecture where the classic Shino wares of the late 16th C. were fired; the greatest kiln being that of Mutabora. The relationship between Shino and the Way of Tea has basically continued on to this very day. Of course there was a… More
Yamaguchi Masato (b. 1978) is a sixth-generation Seto ceramic artist who is facing the challenge of bringing his family’s tradition into the present; quite frankly he’s succeeding brilliantly and we hope to have more works in the future. For now here are two Oribe chawan, one black and… More
120,000 yen each.
Left is by Iga-based master potter of many styles Kishino Kan (here a kohiki incised one), middle Shino is by the late Kato Yasukage (Sold) and the right bluish-white rippling one is by Hokkaido’s Ono Kotaro; prices shown on base photo……all in perfect condition, signed boxes.
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Kato Kozo(b.1935) is a Mino potter in the purest sense. He does many things the old way, like his stick-turned wheel and Momoyama period style kiln, and the way he handles himself; humble, sincere, natural, and confident. This character also comes out in his works, which have earned him a sterling… More
Kato Shigetaka (1927-2013) was the third son of the late great Kato Tokuro (1897-1985), younger brother of Okabe Mineo (1919-1990), and father of Takahiro. Shigetaka had his own very successful career winning the Japan Ceramic Society Prize and having a Shino work featured on the cover of the… More
In the 1973 book called ‘Kama-betsu, Gendai no Tougei’ (Individual kilns, Contemporary Pottery) by the late Kuroda Ryoji he wrote that seven potters were the upcoming stars of Mino. Among them was Hayashi Kotaro (1940-1981); the others were Kato Kagekiyo (1930-1979, Seizo), Suzuki Osamu… More