A Kagami Shukai (1941-2009) article I wrote in 2001 for the Japan Times: “Of all the Mino traditions Ki-Seto is said to be the hardest to perfect, and possibly the least well-known of the four Mino styles (Shino, Oribe, Setoguro;Black Seto and Ki-Seto;Yellow Seto). As I looked through… More
To celebrate the 16th edition of Sake Today–just published–RYYG is showing here sixteen sake vessels ranging from the Muromachi period (Ko-Seto with kintsugi) to works recently made; please see captions for the names of the artists (when known) and if any are of interest please email… More
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.
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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