I have known Robert for many years and have visited him in Japan. I find Robert to be warm, kind and truly an authority on the subject of Japanese Ceramics. I trust him and his judgement implicitly.
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
It's nice to discover new emerging ceramic artists and surely one is Nakaoka Nobuhito (b.1977) from Osaka now working in Tamba. Nakaoka apprenticed with Tamba giant Nishihata Tadashi and establishing his own kiln a few doors down from Nishihata in 2006. Last year he was awarded at the Tanabe Muse... click for details
Each in perfect condition with signed boxes, as many know Fukami only makes limited editions, even of his smaller works. Color hard to capture, better in person. click for details
Traveled in 1995 Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto---catalog photo shown. The largest in the exhibition at 62cm.wide; from a private collection in Japan, signed Volkous/'83 on base. click for details
As many know Kaneta Masanao is an eighth-generation Hagi ceramic artist who has given Hagi added much in forms to this ancient tradition. Here are some new works including a large Hagi 'vase' that is in his most recent Tokyo, Mitsukoshi exhibition catalog; it's 37cm.tallx33,3x27 and is 550,000 y... click for details
Tamura Koichi (1918-1987) was named a Living National Treasure in 1986 for his iron glaze designs or tetsu-e. Here is such a tetsu-e conical vase with a deep-quiet temperament, it also has a nice heft to it. In perfect condition with a signed box, dating to the early 1960s, 24.cm.tall, stamped on... click for details
There is not a more elegant form in all of Bizen than the bulbous-bodied-long-neck crane's neck vase, it's quiet aura is very poetical. The late Isezaki Mitsuru (1934-2011) was not only an Okayama Important Cultural Treasure, he was also a haiku poet and thus he understand more then most the poet... click for details
Here is a classic Kakurezaki Ryuichi sake pourer, on the hefty side in the hands, in perfect condition with a signed box. 10cm.tallx18x16, signed on base, from Kakurezaki's most recent firing, autumn 2014. click for details
I first came across Kimura Toshikatsu's (b.1972) work a few years ago when he did silver glazed boxes and plates, yet recently he's taken his work in a whole new exciting direction with the advent of his new applied silver strand technique. I hope to get more soon, for now his largest one to date... click for details
By Mino favorite Higuchi Masayuki, 28cm.tallx17x9, signed on base, perfect condition with a signed box. Higuchi was born in Tajimi in 1967 and studied ceramics at the Tajimi Vocational High School and then sculpture at the Nagoya University of Art before apprenticing to Bizen LNT Yamamoto Toshu f... click for details
Here is an early Shimaoka Tatsuzo(1919-2007) jomon-incised square vase that is quite shibui. In perfect condition, no box, someone wrote Tatsuzo Shimaoka-saku (Made by....) on base, 24cm.tallx10.5cm. wide, EMS included. click for details