One of the most important figures in 20th century Japanese ceramics was Koyama Fujio (1900-1975); you can read about him on e-yakimono.net in an article I wrote for the Japan Times about a retrospective Koyama exhibition at the Idemitsu Museum (add www. to e-yakimono.net/html/koyama-fujio-jt.html)… More
Bizen’s first Living National Treasure Kaneshige Toyo (1896-1967) is one of the most important Bizen potters of all time. Along with other first LNT’s, such as Arakawa Toyozo and Nakazato Muan, Kaneshige researched and revived the ancient Momoyama Period ways of clay preparation, kiln building,… More
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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Ito Sekisui (b.1941) was named a Living National Treasure for his mumyoi pottery in 2003. Ito’s family has been potting on Sado Island since the 17th century. They use a local red clay and thus the color of the wares brilliantly contrasts with the black smoked areas. Here is a prime example… More
When one looks at Ichikawa Toru’s ceramic art it’s easy to see the influence of Bizen’s Kakurezaki when it comes to forms; that’s little surprise though as Ichikawa apprenticed with him from 2011-2015. He established his own kiln in 2015 in Okayama–home of… More
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Matsui Kosei(1927-2003) was designated a Living National Treasure for his multi-colored neriage marbled ware in 1993. Now I’ve seen a rainbow of colors on his work, some are unbelievably beautiful and moving, while others are a bit too much for me in terms of color combinations; nonetheless,… More
Bizen’s second Living National Treasure was Fujiwara Kei(1899-1983); he was named a LNT in 1970. Here is a rather ‘jimi’ quiet Fujiwara tokkuri with fine ‘clay flavor’ and a smooth feel in the hand. In perfect condition with a signed box, 12.8cm.tall, signed on base.
Deep in the hills of Karatsu is Fujinoki Dohei’s studio that he established in 1980. A potter close to nature, Fujinoki(b.1949) is a master Karatsu potter with a wide following here in Japan. On a recent visit these three Chosen-Karatsu (yohen–kiln changes by ash for these) were… More
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