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.
The last photo here shows Tsujimura Yui pointing to this tsubo-jar indicating exactly where it was placed in his very small kiln. As you can see it was right at the mouth and thus was bombarded with ash and grit; the tsubo wears all those battle-scars with honor. Quite an engaging tsubo at every ... click for details
Matsui Koyo(b.1962) is the son of past Living National Treasure Matsui Kosei and continues in the intricate neriage-marbled wares created by his father. Here are three stunning examples in a guinomi-sake cup form; each in perfect condition with a signed box,4.5cm.tallx7.5, signed on base. click for details
Here are two small Kutani vases made by the late Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi III (1933-2009) when he was still using his birth name of Masahiko; he changed to his name to Yasokichi III in 1988 and thus these two pieces predate that. Each has an opaque dark purple body with varying s... click for details
This is a good reference book on old Okinawan ceramics showing 6 color photos and over 200 B&W pieces; brief opening text, list of works all in Japanese only. Published in 192, soft cover, good condition, 169 pages. click for details
Porcelain ceramic artist Ono Kotaro's summer sake vessels; a delight to view and a delight to chill with and use; kampai! Each in perfect condition, basic sake cup sizes, stamped on base each with a signed box. Seihakuji-Bluish-White Porcelain click for details
24cm.tallx21.8 click for details
8.6cm.tallx12.2 click for details
There's something magical, something cosmic about good tenmoku iron-glazed wares; light shimmering in space, jewels buried, dreams held. Sasaki Yuzuru(b.1949) has been making such Tenmoku pieces since the early 1970s when he studied-worked with Kimura Morikazu--1971-79--and then established his o... click for details
Kato Takahiko(b.1952) comes from a traditional Shigaraki family where his father and grandfather were also potters. Yet not so much under the influence of his family, yet more so from Sodeisha founder Suzuki Osamu, Kato has and continues to take Shigaraki in exciting new directions. Suzuki took a... click for details