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.
An apprentice takes on many roles in a traditional setting; of course he/she works very hard in the studio, yet they also do other tasks, such as picking up clients from the train station. When I used to go visit Kakurezaki Ryuichi in the early 90s I remember Ishii Takahiro as 'my driver' on a fe... click for details
Nakagawa Jinembo(b.1953) is a prolific energized Karatsu potter who makes all Karatsu styles and in the past used to fire his wood-burning kiln more than 30 times a year! It took its toll and now he has been forced to slow down--unfortunately--and fire at a more human pace. Let me add that even t... click for details
A new LNT...kampai! click for details
Here is a classic mid^Edo period good medium sized Tamba tsubo-jar at 35cm.(13.8inches)tall, fine glazing and 'clay flavor,' one small hairline on the back yet not a concern; a fine piece for any serious collector or museum. click for details
Still exploring new forms after decades, Kohyama Yasuhisa shows us a new sliced tower form that is a bold expression for any period in Shigaraki's long history. The solid main frame has quartz stone explosions all around the four sides, along with Kohyama's signature slices. The top is the focal ... click for details
Unfortunately, there are few female potters in Japan. Some prominent names, of course, have appeared over the years -Ogawa Machiko, Tsuji Kyo, Shigematsu Ayumi, Kohyama Kiyoko, and Tashima Etsuko are some of the more prominent female potters working today. However, with the exception of Kohyama a... click for details
One of his best hidasuki pieces.... click for details
Kawai Takeichi(1908-1989) had a very prolific career as a mingei potter and kiln manager. He was based in Kyoto and studied with his uncle Kawai Kanjiro starting in 1927 and continued his studies and collaborations with Kanjiro for close to forty years. His pieces are in museums throughout the wo... click for details
8.5cm.tallx12,signed on base, signed box; one of Japan's contemporary masters.... click for details
Bizen has a long history of saikumono ornamental figures and sculptures and Harada adds to the tradition with this lattice 'stone garden' koro incense burner. The two stones at the top are from Kyoto and remind one of the famous Ryoanji temple. A very intricate work and Harada told me he made onl... click for details