Shigaraki Chawan by Otani Shiro

Shigaraki Chawan by Otani Shiro

Otani Shiro(b.1936, now known as Otani Mugen) is a veteran Shigaraki ceramic artist who was named a Shigaraki Intangible Cultural Property in 1990. With Shigaraki and all wood-fired styles it’s about the firing quality and the form and this bold Otani chawan has those in spades all the way down to the richly natural-ash glazed interior. In perfect condition, signed box, signed on base. Delivery included.

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Mashiko Guinomi by Hamada Shoji

Mashiko Guinomi by Hamada Shoji

The current issue of Tohsetsu–the Japan Ceramic Society’s journal–has on the cover a Hamada Shoji work and the main feature of the issue is the relationship of Hamada with Bernard Leach and fellow Mashiko potters. The Hamada photo courtesy of Tohsetsu. Here is a fine Hamada guinomi and rare for its simplicity of glazing, which does have a lot of character. In perfect condition, 5.2cm.tallx8.3cm.wide, box signed by Hamada Shinsaku.

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Shizen-yu(Natural Ash Glaze) Vase by Tsujimura Shiro

Shizen-yu(Natural Ash Glaze) Vase by Tsujimura Shiro

No introduction needed for Tsujimura Shiro, a classic rugged vase, notice all the melted feldspar and the one coveted ‘landscape’ of the bursting stone known as ishihaze; the vase holds water just fine. In perfect condition with a signed box, 25cm.tall.

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Shigaraki-Hidasuki Tokkuri by Tsuji Seimei

Shigaraki-Hidasuki Tokkuri by Tsuji Seimei

Tsuji Seimei (1927-2008) loved to drink sake and was known as the Yokozuna Sake Drinker of the East; Yokozuna of course referring to the highest ranking in Sumo. Our gallery has handled quite a few Tsuji tokkuri yet few as large and bold as this one, and also with a hidasuki rope straw firing scheme not oft seen on Shigaraki (mostly Bizen). It holds 700ml, 16cm.tall. signed on base, signed box.

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Old and New–Bizen Kabura Tokkuri

Old and New–Bizen Kabura Tokkuri

Here is a look at how traditional forms remain part of an ancient tradition, on the left is a Bizen kabura (turnip form) flask, also known as a boat flask (funa-dokkuri) for its wide sturdy base, created by Hoshino Sei. The one on the right is from the 16th century and featured in one of the most important books on Ko-Bizen, of which a copy comes with this work. The Hoshino is 27.5cm.tallx30cm. and is 250,000 yen, the Ko-Bizen is 26.5cm.tallx24cm, P.O.R. We also have the two other Hoshino works shown as well as large rectangular platters and square platters, info gladly sent on request.

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