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Isezaki Koichiro (b.1974) is the first son of Bizen's current Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun, and is one of the up-and-coming stars of the Isezaki family. Isezaki Yozan, Koichiro's grandfather and the father of LNT Jun and Okayama Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property Mitsuru((1934-2011),... click for details
Miyao Masahiro(b.1970) is a young Bizen artist to certainly keep an eye on. His awards have been piling up and that included a major award at the 53rd annual Japanese Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition. The award was Japanese Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition Chairman's Award. Miyao is o... click for details
Kako Katsumi(b.1965) is one of our favorite ceramic artists who challenges his art with a keen sense and unique vision; and for this his work has been shown at the Nitten, Asahi, Japan Ceramic Art, Mino International, Hyogo Prefectural Ceramic Art Museum (Hyogo Ceramic Artists), and Tanabe Museum... click for details
Perfect for chabana--Tea Flowers--this full-form-Chosen-Karatsu crane's neck vase has a rich yohen-firing and is very wabi-sabi indeed. It's been about a year since we last offered some Maruta Munehiko works and today we selected 17, including three chawan, three tokkuri, a mizusashi, henko-jar a... click for details
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 is a twisting torso form that changes with every slight turn; the contrast of 'clay flavor' and ash glazing is very engaging and was created from a multi-day firing in Matsuzaki Ken's(b.1950) climbing chambered kiln. As many know Matsuzaki is a Mashiko-based potter creating works in various ... 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