Shima Yukihiro, born in 1937, has worked in his own kiln as independent potter since 1972. In 2011 he was acknowledged as „Master of traditional Bizen technique“ (Bizen-yaki dentô kôgei shi 備前焼伝統工芸士). Amongst numerous solo and group exhibitions and regulary contributions for the Japanese Traditional Art Craft Exhibition (Nihon dentô kôgei ten 日本伝統工芸展) since 1979, his works were lastly shown in 2012 at Kajiki gallery's exhibition „Masters of Traditional Bizen Pottery“ in Kurosaki, Kitakyûshû.
Bizen ware, grey burnt clay changed partly to orange-red during firing, brown ash glazed with yellow spots (goma) and dark crust, partly grey areas through the use of sangiri-technic, traces of fire cords (hidasuki) on the neck, which was covered during firing (kabuse-yaki), scratch signature on the base, H 12,4 cm x D 9,8cm.
Impressively arranged, Nishigaki Daidô wrote the four characters of the single line stanza in his dynamic and precise brush stroke on paper. In the hanging scroll's upper part the first third characters “青山, green mountain” and “緑, blue” rise in close and regular space like a mountain above the whole composition. A bit more distant the fourth character for “water” follows in the lower half of the pictorial space. In an arbitrary manner contrary to the norms of the Chinese writing code, Daidō has drawn the three downwards-pointing lines of this character “水” in a long downwards flowing strokes, so that they here make one think of roaring floods of a waterfall. The words „Green Mountains, Blue Waters“ can be found in several works within the rich Zen Buddhist text canon. One of the best annotation was given by song period Zen master Kuoan Shiyuan in his verses accompanying the “Ten Oxherding Pictures” (J.: jûgyû-zu 十牛図) from the 12th century.
Nishigaki, born 1942 in Hyôgo prefecture is abbot of Daitoku-ji's affiliated temple Gokuraku-ji in Kinosaki. Hanging scroll comes with original wooden box with artist's inscription, signature and seal.
Mori Shinsen was born 1932 in Imbe, Bizen, as second son of the sixth head of the Mori family tradition, Mori Takeyama 森竹山. He was apprentice to the father and his two younger brothers Tôzan 陶山 and Seishi 青史, before working independently in its own kiln Meiji-gama 明治窯 since 1970. Among other numerous exhibitions, his works were repeatedly chosen for the "Japanese Traditional Art Craft Exhibition" (Nihon dentô kôgei ten 日本伝統工芸展).
Bizen ware, unglazed stoneware, largely shiny brown and grey (sangiri) ash glaze with yellow sprinkles (goma) and dark crusted spots, one flame shaped open area makes the unglazed clay visible, which changed to a yellow-orange during firing, scratch signature at the base, wooden box (kiri-tomobako) with inscription: Bizen tokkuri, and signature and seal, H 14,8 cm x D 9,2 cm.
Bizen ware, unglazed stoneware, half-sided yellow-greenish ash glaze with a fine texture, metallic shiny areas, scratch signature at the base: Hira and stamp, wooden box (kiri-tomobako) with inscription: Bizen tokkuri and signature: Hira, red seals: Nanzan-gama and Hira, H 12,6 cm x D 8,9 cm.
Hirata Yoshimi, born 1965 in Kitakyûshû, is currently working at Nanzan-gama 南燦窯 kiln in Bizen
Nakano Tomomasa, born 1965, completed studies at the Bizen Pottery Center in 1984 and spend the following years as an apprentice in the workshop of Kaneshige Ritôen 金重利陶苑 and the Sanroku-gama 山麓窯 kiln. He has worked independently since the erection of his own kiln Ôkura-gama 大蔵窯 in Yagiyama in 1994. Amongst others, his works has been chosen regularly by Okayama Prefectural Exhibition and Bizen Pottery Association Tôshin-kai 陶心会.
Bizen ware with an outstanding allover green and brown ashglaze with fine relief-like texture, brown open area (botamochi) with clear border of orange and garnet red, fired in a skillful sangiri technic (deoxidation), scratch signature on the base, H 12,4 cm x D 9,4 cm.
Kimura Tôhô is born in 1928 into the famous Kimura family. The Kimura family is one of the six famous families designated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) as o-sakunin (honorable craftsmen). The Bizen type of pottery is the oldest type of pottery in Japan and originated in Imbe in the Bizen province. The Tôhô-made belly-shaped Chaire is an impressive piece with a colorful ash glazing, that is encrusted partly in a thick black layer of ash pieces on the forefront of the caddy. Size: H 7,9 cm / D 7,5 cm.
In good condition; comes with signed wooden box bearing Kimura's expressive calligraphic style, his seal and a silk pouch.
Sueishi Kôsen was apprentice to Fujiwara Rakusan II 二代目 藤原楽山 (1910–1996), who was a designated „person with important immaterial cultural property“ (jûyô mukei bunka zaiho jisha 重要無形文化財保持者).
Bizen ware, unglazed stoneware, changed colour to rare sweet potato purple during firing. Yellow, green and grey ash glaze with crust (goma), metallic glossy parts, fired with higawari ('fire changing') und sangiri technic, scratch signature at the base, H 10,9 cm x 7,3 cm.
Buyô Kimihiko, born 1947 in Bizen, is an international renowned potter. He has worked independently since the erection of his own kiln in 1978 and gained recognition for his excellent skills in the techniques of migaki (polishing the half-dried clay body before firing) and sukashi (open work). Two of his migaki masterpieces are even part of the Japanese Imperial collection.
Bizen ware, unglazed stoneware, quartz particles caused 'stone explosion' (ishihaze), grey ash glaze with black crusted spots, light grey open area (botamochi) with a clear double outline in orange and garnet red, fired in sangiri technique (deoxidation), scratch signature at the foot, wooden box (kiri-tomobako) with inscription: Bizen guinomi, Rōzan (kiln's name) and red seal: bu, H 4,1 cm x D 6,1 cm.