Shinsha Chawan by Kawai Kanjiro

Shinsha Chawan by Kawai Kanjiro

One of Japan’s greatest ceramic artists in all of history, Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966). It’s mind-boggling that he’s not as well known in the West as Hamada. Anyway, here is a classic slip-trail design shinsha-copper red bold chawan in perfect condition, 10.2cm.cm.tallx12.3, box signed by Kawai’s daughter Koha. A similar chawan is shown in a catalog commemorating the Kawai House’s 40th Anniversary since becoming a ‘museum.’  If you’ve never been to Kawai’s house, which now is a shrine to his life and a must visit if ever in Kyoto, then here’s a nice walk through video showing the property: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=833-DU6wXLA We also have a Kawai yunomi–please contact for more details–and the three jars in the additional photo.

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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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Oribe and Glazed Double-Block Sculpture Vases by Hatano Masanori

Oribe and Glazed Double-Block Sculpture Vases by Hatano Masanori

Hatano Masanori(b.1957) is a veteran Seto ceramic artist with a long exhibition career and various awards such as the Pottery Encouragement Prize at the Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition and Encouragement Prize at the Chunichi International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts in 1987, the Excellent Work Prize at the Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition in 2004 among others as well as being exhibited at numerous juried exhibitions.Here are two  vases with twisting attached blocks that gives each a very sculptural facade. White lines accentuate the overall textured forms of the Oribe one and the ash-glaze against the brown clay flavor of the other lends a very earthy aura. The Oribe is 29cm.tallx11cm, signed on base, a bit shorter for the other, both in perfect condition with signed boxes.

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Ido and Black Raku Chawan by Nakamura Kohei

Ido and Black Raku Chawan by Nakamura Kohei

Born in Kanazawa in 1948 Nakamura Kohei grew up in a ceramic art family with father Baizan and brothers Kimpei and Takuo. Recently he’s channeling the spirits of ancient chawan makers and succeeding in spades. Here are two examples, a large ‘deep-well’ Ido chawan and a very Chojiro-esque Black Raku. The Ido is 9.6cm.tallx16.7cm wide, both signed on base, perfect condition, signed boxes. His works are in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art,  Shiga Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. Japan Foundation,  Shigaraki Ceramic Park Museum, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan House Museum of Modern Art, Argentina. Everson Museum of Art, New York, Mint Museum, North Carolina, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New…

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