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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White Slip Kohiki Guinomi by Tsuji Seimei

White Slip Kohiki Guinomi by Tsuji Seimei

A wonderful/rare kohiki guinomi by Tsuji Seimei. In perfect condition with a signed box, basic guinomi size.

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Bizen Triangular Altered Jar by Isezaki So

Bizen Triangular Altered Jar by Isezaki So

That’s how a similar Isezaki So(b.1968) jar is described in the major Bizen exhibition that is traveling Japan now, started in Tokyo this February and is now showing at the Miho Museum ending at the Aichi Prefectural Cermaic Art Museum early autumn 2020. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition starts with important Momoyama period Tea vessels and then shows the influence of Bizen’s first Living National Treasure Kaneshige Toyo(1896-1967) and then jumps to Bizen of the Now, and this includes Isezaki So. He’s was born the third son of Isezaki Mitsuru(1934-2011) and is the nephew of current Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun(b.1936). The beauty of the form is greatly accentuated by the fine dusting of goma ‘sesame’ tones on the upper portion that moves down to the rich purple tones of the ‘clay flavor’ tsuji aji.  It was exhibited at an Okayama…

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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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