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.
'I use the firing technique of yakishime (high-fired unglazed stoneware) and haiyu (ash-glazes), which bring out the character of the raw material, that is the original clay, which is infused with the power of nature, Japan's history and culture, and the realities of the present.' Thus wrote Kato... click for details
Here is a truly magical neriage ('marbled ware') by the late Kyoto potter Ueda Tsuneji(1914-1987); night sky. More about this hidden Mingei giant in our archives or in a past DARUMA magazine article I wrote about Ueda and Murata Gen. In perfect condition with a signed box, 7.5cm.tallx13.6; a can ... click for details
An elegant Kyushu piece today, this is a gourd vase from the Agano kilns in Fukuoka prefecture. The Agano style recently celebrated 400 years of tradition and was the cover story in a past issue of TOHSETSU, the journal of the Japan Ceramic Society. I find charm, great beauty and strength in Agan... click for details
When one gets off the train at Imbe (the station for Bizen) and looks at the station building a fine shishi relief is to be seen; a picture of it can be viewed here here e-yakimono.net/html/bizen-town.html It was made by celebrated Bizen potter Urakami Zenji(1914-2006). He studied with the great ... click for details
Miyake Yoji (b.1950) is a veteran Mashiko potter who in 1974 apprenticed to Ito Kosho before establishing his own kiln in 1977. I've admired his work for a long time for its Rimpa feel and elegant designs. Here is such a work, tall at 33cm. and each side has sweeping hakeme brush lines over which... click for details
How often do I find Ito Sekisui's guinomi--even by calling him--not often enough! Very limited in his output, here is a masterfully thrown Ito guinomi showing the noted contrast of dark and red clay 'flavor.' A splendid guinomi in perfect condition with a signed box, 4.8cm.tallx7.5, signed on bas... click for details
Sodeisha founder Suzuki Osamu(1926-2001) made this plate for the renowned Todai Temple Zen Priest Shimizu Kosho(1911-1999) to draw on; the rapid brush strokes form a wild chrysanthemum next to bamboo; kanji is on the edge 'thinking after the rain.' A rare museum work in perfect condition, 6cm.t... click for details
Powerful brush strokes sweep across this Mashiko guinomi by the late great Murata Gen; this is a truly splendid Murata guinomi showing his solid forms, the above-mentioned iron underglaze brush markings, warm interior glazing and solid, confident kodai-foot. In perfect condition with a signed box... click for details
One of Murata's best; 24.5cm.tallx22, signed on base, signed box, perfect condition. click for details
Here is a stunning bowl by Miura Shurei with a deep glistening glaze and muted gold peony flower motif; more about this quiet genius in previous listings. The bowl is 8.5cm.tallx24.7, signed on base with a signed box. click for details