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BIZEN POTTERY

 Bizen is one of Japan's six ancient kilns, where pottery has been produced for over 1000 years. The area in and around Bizen City where the pottery is made is situated in the Imbe area of Okayama Prefecture.

Descendents of the two original potting families, Kimura and Kaneshige, still work in the area today, although the work has changed over the years. Bizen, along with many of Japan’s most important pottery styles matured during the Momoyama Period (1568 – 1715) when the artistic direction was given by powerful warlords and Zen monks, who were connected with the “Way of Tea” i.e. the Tea Ceremony. However, these tea wares lost their popularity over the years and by the early part of the 20th century very few Bizen potteries remained and the ware they produced was generally of poor quality.

In the early part of the Showa Period (1926 – 1989) there was a revival of Momoyama aesthetics throughout
Japan and in Bizen it was Kaneshige Toyo (1896 – 1967), who lead the way. Before this time he had been an expert in the production of ornamental figures that Bizen had become synonymous with but abandoned this to rediscover and reintroduce the fine tea wares that his ancestors had produced. Kaneshige was made an “Important Intangible Cultural Property”, more commonly known as Living National Treasure in 1956 for these pioneering efforts. These resulted in a large increase in the number of potteries in the area, producing a variety of individual wares that like Bizen ware throughout history is unglazed.

 

The high quality Bizen clay used for the process is generally fired for many days in wood-fired kilns and it is an understanding of the firing process and how different parts of the kiln react that is of paramount importance.

 

WORK IN STOCK
Please note that potters names are shown with the family name first as is usual in
Japan.

 

 

IDEI Yoshihumi - tokkuri

 

ISEZAKI Koichiro – Black Bizen vase

 

ISHIDA Kazuya – boxed guinomi

 

KIMURA Kozo – boxed handled vase

 

KISHIMOTO Akihiko - vase

 

MASAMUNE Satoru – boxed vase

 

MATSUSHIMA Hiroshi – boxed handled vase

 

OSAWA Tsuneo - tokkuri

 

SAKAKIBARA Kiyoto – boxed summer chawan

 

TAKENAKA Kenji – boxed Oribe style yunomi
 

YOSHIDA Koichiro - vase

 


SOLD ITEMS

EMA Hiroshi

 

FUJIWARA YU - tokkuri

 

HISAMOTO Koichi – boxed wood-fired chawan

 

HISAMOTO Kouichi

 

HISAMOTO Koichi – boxed chawan

 

HISAMOTO Koichi – boxed incised chawan

 

INOUE Takeshi – boxed chawan with hidasuki

 

ISEZAKI Mitsuru - yunomi

 

ISSO Koyama II – tall boxed vase

 

KANESHIGE Tohiro – boxed Sake set

 

KIDO Akihiko - vase

 

KINO Fumiharu - vase

 

KINO Fumiharu – boxed yunomi

 

KISHIMOTO Akihiko – leaf dish

 

KISHIMOTO Akihiko - guinomis

 

KONISHI Toko II - vase

 

 

 

 

 

 

KONISHI Toko II – yunomi

 

MAESHIMA Goichiro – boxed chawan

 

MATSUI Tomoyuki – yunomi

 

MATSUI Tomoyuki – Neriage yunomi

 

MATSUI Tomoyuki – Neriage and ash yunomi

 

MITSUKE Fumio

 

MOTOYAMA Izumi

 

NAMBA Ryuji – boxed beer mugs

 

OKUMOTO Kenichi

 

TAKAMIYA Hidetada - vase

 

TOMORI Yukio

 

YOKOYAMA Naoki – boxed guinomi

 

YUKINORI Matsukasa – small chawan

 

YUKINORI Matsukasa – small teabowl

 

YUKINORI Matsukasa – boxed chawan

 

 

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