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Born in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture in 1933, Wakao Toshisada has risen to critical acclaim and popularity for his Shino and other Mino wares; along with LNT Suzuki Osamu and Kato Kozo, he is one of the three great modern masters of Mino. In 2003 he was designated a Gifu Prefecture Intangible Cultural... click for details
An exceptionally fired Shigaraki mizusashi by Takahashi Rakusai lV (b.1925). The Takahashi family--along with the Ueda family--is one of the longest potting families in Shigaraki and is largely responsible for preserving traditions, especially after the second world war. Without the Takahashi's f... click for details
One of Kyoto's most important 20th century ceramic artists.... click for details
Yamanashi Prefecture-based potter Miura Shurei (1942 -) says, "both clay and glaze are like a drop of precious blood, of life- I thank it for letting me use them." All of Miura's raw materials are taken from the areas surrounding Mt.Fuji. After studying Arita and Kiyomizu porcelain wares, he made... click for details
Bizen's second Living National Treasure Fujiwara Kei(1899-1983) loved to drink sake and it shows in his shuki sake vessels. His shuki sake vessels are highly prized here in Japan and a must for any serious shuki collector. This guinomi sake cup is a classic Fujiwara form, tall cut kodai foot, ova... click for details
In a past issue of Japan's leading ceramic magazine Honoho Geijutsu, Michio Koinuma was named one the top 100 potters in Japan (see the complete list at e-yakimono.net/html/honoho-rankings-2004.html). That is quite an honor considering the tens of thousands of professional potters here. Koinuma(1... click for details
Tsuji Seimei(b.1927) is a living legend ceramic artist. The last few years have been rough for him--and wife Kyo--health wise, yet he--thankfully--recovered much of his strength last year and fired last autumn after a few years absence. I was lucky to get this E-Karatsu (e-garatsu, painted Karats... click for details
Koike Shoko(b.1943) is a celebrated ceramic artist of international fame; her works are in important private collections and have been shown in numerous museum exhibitions including last year at Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Japan Society, New York, and the Muse Tomo in Tokyo. This is the first tim... click for details
Here is the largest of our current selection of Oribe zogan-inlaid works by veteran ceramic artist Usui Kazunari; please see the first listing for more bio info on him. This tall work--standing 46cm.--has an organic feel and a regal presence. As noted, his work lies more in the ceramic kogei craf... click for details