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.
A fine Bizen guinomi by current Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun(b.1936) in terms of the low, oval form and the very rich firing; the goma in the 'pool' is superb. An ishihaze-stone bursts out from one side and on the kodai-foot a smaller one did the same creating a minor firing crack on the ... click for details
Of the very few fine Iga potters working today, talented Iga ceramist Hasu Yoshitaka (b.1949) has been around for a while in his own quiet way. He exhibits mainly at Takashimaya and some other smaller ceramic galleries here in Japan. He studied under the late Banura Shiro starting in 1975 and est... click for details
Nakano Yasumi (b.1975) makes beautiful wood-fired ceramic art that has a fine sense of balance, line and form. We're offering a small selection from his most recent firing and please read more about him in the next listing. This 'ribbon' cut flowing jar-tsubo will explain in silence what he does ... click for details
A new found wonder--Nakano Yasumi (b.1975) who studied with his father Oguna in Ibaraki. More about Nakano tomorrow---needless to say he has talent and flair! This piece is 27.5cm.tallx25, signed on base and with a signed box. click for details
From a single Bizen firing of any potter such a yohen vase is few in numbers. Why? The space where such a piece can be fired is very limited and thus yohen works are few in numbers and always the most highly prized--and most expensive--of any Bizen style. This is such a yohen vase by the late Biz... click for details
I have followed Ito Sekisui's V(b. 1941) career for a long time now and never have seen a larger tsubo-jar than the one offered here. Ito was named a Living National Treasure for his mumyoi pottery in 2003. This tsubo was exhibited in 1998 at a commemorative exhibition when Ito was awarded the Ni... click for details
These days in Japan no single ceramic artist working exclusively in white porcelain-hakuji is as celebrated as Maeta Akihiro; a list of his awards include 1991 Won "Highest-ranking Prize" at the 11th Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition/1993 Won the "Tomimoto Prize" at the 48th New Meister Art Craft Exhi... click for details
An Edo period Shigaraki tsubo-jar in excellent condition with two small restorations to the lip. It's quite rare to find such a jar in this condition; easily fit for a museum. Natural olive-green ash glaze on front and a heavily pitted stone body; these are known as ishihaze or 'stone explosions'... click for details
It's well-known that a Bizen beer mug (mugishuhai) makes the beer foam creamier and softer; Nakamura Rokuro taught me that years ago in his studio. I simply can't drink beer anymore in a glass, if given a choice. Almost all Bizen potters make beer mugs--and even Rosanjin made them in Shino (I kno... click for details
We've offered a few works by Udagawa in the past, yet this is the first chawan. Udagawa Hosei(1946-1993)was a star Hagi potter before his much too early passing. His fans in Japan are many and await any works that come on the market, far and few between. This Udagawa chawan shows his signature th... click for details