Shimizu Keiichi (b.1962) is a fourth generation Tamba potter creating minimalist geometrical forms often with graphic art designs; this work was hand-coiled formed and then manipulated into its origami-looking facade. It’s 46cm.tallx28.3cmx14, signed on base and with a signed box.
How wonderful that Takahashi Yoshiko(b.1988) became a ceramic artist in her family’s Shigaraki tradition. Her father is Rakusai V and of course she grew up with clay all around her entire life. Our gallery is a big fan and here are two recently fired jars with her signature fluted forms and… More
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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. Here is an Otani tsubo-jar we selected for the subtle yet rich textured ash glaze combined with his renowned ‘fire color’ hi-iro tones. In… More
Tsujimura Kai (b.1976) creates grand Shigaraki, Iga, Karatsu and Kohiki pieces in line with the aesthetics of his famous father Tsujimura Shiro. Kai, along with his brother Yui, are quickly making a name for themselves in the Japanese pottery world within and outside of Japan. Deep yet simple,… More
Always challenging his ceramic art Furutani Kazuya(b.1976) has come up with a new style where he plasters different colored clay over his jar forms; one similar one of ours was featured in a recent major publication of 150 of Japan’s noted artists, photos also shown. This very engaging and… More
As many know Kakurezaki Ryuichi(b.1950) is a revolutionary Bizen ceramic artist. If not familiar with him please do a quick web search, he was named an Okayama Intangible Cultural Property in 2019. This unique form was fired this spring and has beautiful natural ash-glaze, warm ‘clay… More
Bizen ceramist Fujiwara Ken (1924-1977) has to rank as one of our all-time favorite potters in Japan. His pieces are poetry to me. I often wonder what happened to Fujiwara, as he passed from this world in his early fifties, fond of sake. Kaneshige Toyo (1896-1967), Bizen’s first Living… More
Positioned in a strategic spot while loading the kiln, this vase was then plucked from the height of firing and allowed to cool rapidly and thus gray and green natural ash-glaze on this Sawa Kiyotsugu vase. Sawa (b.1948) is known for his attacking approach to the rough clay, ripping and tearing it,… More
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… More
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.