Tenmoku Jar by Kimura Moriyasu

Tenmoku Jar by Kimura Moriyasu

Kimura Moriyasu(b.1935) is a Kyoto-based Tenmoku specialist who creates dazzling original glazes which have won him a most loyal following for decades. His works are in museums in Japan, UK and USA, one being the Denver Musuem of Art where his chawan graced an exhibition catalog. Here is a vase that is 25cm.tallx 14, in perfect condition with a signed box. We also do have some chawan.

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Two Yakishime Chawan by Kishino Kan

Two Yakishime Chawan by Kishino Kan

The left one is on the large side while the right one is a standard chawan size, both have most engaging yakishime (unglazed high-fired natural-ash-glaze-stoneware) varied ‘landscapes.’ Kishino Kan (b.1975, Kyoto) lives and breathes ceramics in the hills of Iga. Not just Iga though he also fires Shino, Kohiki, Ki-Seto, Setoguro, Hakuji-White Porcelain and other styles; he’s a great admirer and connoisseur of ancient ceramic art as well. A pure spirit comes out his his adaptations of the classics. We also have a Ki-Irabo chawan, some sake vessels and yakishime jars of various sizes.

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Suzu Jar by Sako Yoshihiro

Suzu Jar by Sako Yoshihiro

Suzu is one of Japan’s lost stoneware styles that few collectors know about. As the Suzu Ceramic Museum in the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture notes, “Suzu ware is a kind of pottery made in Suzu from the latter half of the 12th century to the end of the 15th century. It was mass-produced by community group work, and because it was tough and could be used for a long time, its use spread. Along with the development of sea routes, the market for the pottery spread to East Japan and Hokkaido. Because after the Middle Ages it suddenly disappeared from the history timeline, this pottery also is somewhat of a mystery.” And thus the little known aspect and the difficulty in controlling the atmosphere in the kiln. In Shigaraki Sako Yoshihiro has triumphantly succeeded in making strong, austere, Zen influenced Suzu jars in the traditional gray-tones, paddles-wavy textures…

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Yakishime Ceramic Sculpture by Kato Katsuya

Yakishime Ceramic Sculpture by Kato Katsuya

Kato Katsuya(b.1947) was born into an ancient potting family in the town in Nishio, not far from one of Japan’s most important potting centers from long ago, Seto in Aichi prefecture. His specialty is yakishime–high fired unglazed stoneware–and since 2005 has been firing an anagama in the mountains of Shimoyama, Aichi prefecture. He fires for six days. His works are quite architectural and here’s the largest that RYYG selected from his recent visit. It stands 39.cm.tallx25.7cm. wide x 18cm.deep. He’s been given the Aichi Governor’s Prize at the Asahi Ceramic Exhibition and has exhibited throughout Japan, he’s not known in the West, yet. We have smaller works as noted as well as tokkuri and guinomi.

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Fluted Shigaraki Jar by Takahashi RakusaiV

Fluted Shigaraki Jar by Takahashi RakusaiV

Very few Shigaraki potters get as rich a hi-iro-fire-color tone on their works than Takahasi RakusaiV(b.1954). And recently Takahashi added some carved soft fluted lines to his works, seen here on this jar with a strong lip. In perfect condition, 34cm.tallx38.2cm.wide, signed on base, signed box.

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