A simple yet beautiful tea caddy in the style of "Old Shigaraki" (ko-shigaraki) made by Ueda Juhô (*1925). He was chosen 1979 by the Japanese Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry as official master in Shigaraki pottery. He was exhibited in Japan on countless national shows. In 2008 he was rewarded the "Order of the Sacred Treasure, 6th rang" (Zuihô-shô 瑞宝章). Next to Takahashi Rakusai IV and Ueda Naokata IV he is one of the famous Shigaraki masters.
The small ceramic case with a dome-shaped lid resting on a small circular stand is for storing incense. Beautiful kôgô are used for presentation in the tea ceremony, after the incense is placed in the charcoal brazier during the sumitemae 炭手前 ('charcoal arranging'). Taniguchi Ryôzô is an important ceramicist who revitalized contemporary Japanese pottery. He was an apprentice to Kiyomizu master potter Rokubee 六兵衛. Taniguchi Ryôzôs works are hold in the Imperial Collection and were, for instance, on display during official meeting of the emperor such as between Hirohito and the prince and princess of wales, Charles and Diana in 1986.
Turquoise-blue glaze over sand-colored clay, artist's seal at bottom: ryô, wooden box (kiribako) with inscription, signature and seal: Ryôzô, H 4,8 cm x D 7 cm.
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.
A unique Bizen style natural ash glazed flower vase in shape of a double gourd made by Mimura Tôhaku. He was initially apprentice to 'living national treasure' Yamamoto Tôshû 山本陶秀 (1906-1994) and joined then the workshop of famous Kaneshige Ritôen 金重利陶苑 in 1956. Since he 1972 he was working as independet artist.
Unglazed stoneware, orange-red colored during firing, dark brown natural ash glaze, partly yellow-brownish crust (goma), partly melted out grey (sangiri), scratch signature on foot, wooden box (kiri-tomobako) with inscription: Bizen, Flower Vase, Tōhaku and red seal: Tōhaku, H 17,3 cm x D 11,5 cm
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.
Yamato is one of the most famous names in Japanese Hagi pottery and Yasuo is acknowledged to be one of the best working in this style. Even at an high age, he is still working at the same location, where he used to play at earliest age with clay. The here presented work is a kôgô, a lidded container for incense. It is shaped in a simple yet striking and creativ form of an eggplant. Yasuo used the typical Hagi-style red colored clay, which is covered with a thick, milky and partly greenish glaze. An unusual masterpiece.
Excellent condition. With original signed wooden box. L 8,0 x W 4,8 H 4,5 cm.
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.