We received the Iga Tsubo just this week. It is beautiful and in perfect condition. Thank you for taking such good care in packing it. I must say the piece is far more beautiful than the pictures led me to believe. I hope to do business with you in the future.
San Diego, U.S.
Here is a very shibui ame-yu caramel glazed square bottle-vase by Hamada Shoji. The paddling markings are very strong and the glazing is a dark ame color. A superficial firing crack is on the base yet there is no water leakage; box signed by Hamada Shinsaku. In excellent condition with a signed b... click for details
Takahara Shoji(1941-2000) was one of Bizen's veteran potters who started in the early 1960s when there were only a dozen or so potters; now there are said to be about 600. He studied with Okayama Intangible Cultural Treasures Ishii Furo(1899-1964) and Isezaki Yozan(1902-1961) before establishing ... click for details
If you are familiar with 5th-12th century sueki wares then you'll recognize a bond between those early natural-ash glazed wares and the contemporary works of Nara-based ceramic artist Tsujimura Yui(b.1975). He 'studied' under his father Shiro and the same spirit within Shiro's works is to be foun... click for details
There's no mistaking the work of Kakurezaki Ryuichi, originality in spades while still deeply respecting and bringing out the main characteristics of traditional Bizen, meaning the famous firing effects. Here we see warm 'clay flavor,' goma sesame markings and scarlet red hidasuki cord streaks al... click for details
The thing about tenmoku iron-glazed wares is that they change dramatically according to the lightning. In a dark zone they take on a shadowy persona and in the light they sparkle and dazzle; that is when the potter is better than good. Sasaki is. This jar attests to that and it's shown in differe... click for details
Kampai! click for details
A lovely pearl-onion-rakyu celadon tokkuri by Living National Treasure Nakajima Hiroshi(b.1941). Nakajima was awarded the LNT designation in 2007. In perfect condition with a signed box, 16.5cm.tall,signed on base. click for details
A 20th century quiet giant..... click for details
Often times it's hard to differentiate Bizen from Tamba, and say Iga from Shigaraki. Clues are found in forms, firing and clay and this holds true for all the styles mentioned as examples. For Tamba vs. Bizen, Tamba works usually have more of a purplish and metallic tone as seen on this stately j... click for details
Yesterday I forgot to mention that also in the Mashiko pieces just in is this most wonderful Kimura Ichiro henko-jar. In the Mashiko Ceramic Art Museum works can be seen by Hamada, Tomimoto, Kawai, Kamoda, Leach, Shimaoka, Murata, Sakuma, and Kimura Ichiro. In fact, a full retrospective of Kimura... click for details