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Tadashi Nishihata Akadobe VaseTadashi & Haruna Nishihata

Tadashi Ito
 Hiroyuki Wakimoto Tadashi Mori Toubako Tower No.2
Tadashi Mori

Yoshitaka Hasu


Yukiya Izumita


Fusako Akao

Masamichi Terada

Tadashi Nishihata & Haruna Nishihata
Three-time winner of the Tanabe Museum of Art-sponsored Chanoyu Zokei Ten Grand Prize, Tanba master potter Tadashi Nishihata joins force with his daughter Haruna for their recent sold-out exhibition in our gallery (See our August 2013 show). We are privileged to present new works from their latest firing that showcase the contrasting styles of the duo from this exceptionally gifted family.

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Tadashi Nishihata  "3-Faced Vase No.1"
Wood-fired ceramic w/ Akadobe-yu finish, 13.5"x 13.5"x 13"h  (2 views)

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Tadashi Nishihata  "3-Faced Vase No.2"
Wood-fired ceramic w/ Akadobe-yu finish, 14.5"x 14.5"x 14"h  (2 views)

Haruna Nishihata Covered Bowl Haruna Nishihata Covered Bowl
Haruna Nishihata   "Covered Bowl with Gold Fish Motifs"
9"x 9"x 10"h   (Closed and open views)

Haruna Nishihata Gold Fish Bowl 
Haruna Nishihata  "Gold Fish Bowl #2"
11"x 11"x 4"h

Haruna Nishihata Black Fish Bowl
Haruna Nishihata  "Black Goldfish Bowl #3"
11"x 11"x 4"h

Haruna Nishihata 3-Fish Platter Haruna Nishihata 3-Fish Platter
Haruna Nishihata  "3-Fish Platter"
13"x 13"x 2"h  (2 views)

Tadashi Ito 
Winner of the prestigious Musee Tomo Prize, Tadashi Ito studied geology in college. A trip to India to visit Bodh Gaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment changed his life forever. Upon returning to Japan, he dedicated his life to be an artist. Ito's work is noted for their simple yet sophisticated and elegant forms inspired by nature, seashells in particular. Looking into Ito's sculptural work is like peering into an eroded half-exposed seashell. He once said that looking into a seashell is like being let to glimpse upon some hidden secret of the universe. Click to see Tadashi Itos' latest show.

Tadashi Ito

Quintessence No.3   Ceramic form, 20" x 8.5" x 5.5"h  


Tadashi Ito  "Quintessence No.6"  Ceramic form,  15" x 13.5" x 5.5"h  


Tadashi Ito  "Quintessence No.8" Ceramic form,  14.5" x 9.5" x 6"h



Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.2 
Ceramic form,  14.5"h x 9" x 7" 

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Tadashi Ito
Quintessence No.12

Ceramic form   11.5" x 10.5" x 8"h (2 views)

Hiroyuki Wakimoto
Born in 1952 in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu, Hiroyuki Wakimoto received art training in Osaka Art College. In his senior year, he left college and went to Bizen to begin an apprenticeship with George Yamashita, an accomplished ceramist who studied with Living National Treasure Jun Isezaki. Nine years later, Wakimoto established his own kiln in Bizen. With a great interest in forms and mastery in wood-firing, Wakimoto has created some of the most interesting wood-fired works in contemporary Japanese ceramics. The current show includes examples of his pioneering composite forms, which are instantly recognized by their bold, powerful lines and impeccably beautiful firing.  Click to see Hiroyuki Wakimoto's latest show.

Hiroyuki Wakimoto "Testament No.1"

 wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture , 26" x 7.5" x 10.5"h  (2 views) 

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto "Testament No.12"

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture,   14"h x 9.5" x 7"  (2 views)


Tadashi Mori
As one of the most significant contemporary ceramic artists in post-WWII Japan, Tadashi Mori (b. 1940) has been pushing the boundaries of glazed ceramic as a medium for artistic expression. He was selected with twenty other noted Japanese artists for the book 'Toward a 21st Century Renaissance in Ceramics' (Dohosha Ltd. publisher). His works have won many awards, and have been exhibited in France and the US. The works featured in his latest show were selected from his 2012 50-year retrospective exhibition in Paramita Museum in Japan. Click to see Tadashi Mori's latest show.

Tadashi Mori  "Toubako Tower No. 2"  (2012)
4-tier white ceramic box with silver leaf and black inscriptions, green Oribe interior, 11" x 6"x 18.5"h
(front, back, & unassembled views)


Yoshitaka Hasu
Yoshitaka Hasu (b.1949) earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering before pursuing a career as a potter. He apprenticed with renowned ceramist Shiro Banura (1941-2001). Banura was strongly inspired by Rozanjin (1883-1959), a famed ceramist and novelist with a discriminating taste, who advocated living with art. This philosophy, which blurs the distinction between utility and art, has been a major influence on Hasu’s work. In 1979, Hasu established his own studio in Iga, where he has been producing some of the most original and exciting work built upon the Iga tradition and this philosophy.

Hasu's engineering background is apparent in his distinctive work. These two pieces from his 2009 and 2011 exhibitions show his signature black on green finish, achieved by use of iron glaze and wood-firing. Click here to see Yoshitaka Hasu's latest show
Yoshitaka Hasu  "Vase No.11"
Wood-fired ceramic w/ iron and natural ash glazes, 9"x 8"x 10.5h  (2 views)

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Yoshitaka Hasu  "Vase No.1"
Wood-fired ceramic w/ iron and natural ash glazes, 11.5"x 10"x 9.5h  (2 views)

Yukiya Izumita
Yukiya Izumita (b. 1966) is one of the brightest rising stars among contemporary Japanese ceramists. He is famous for using highly textured clay to create original forms that appear at once modern and ancient. His innovative works won him many awards. In 2011, his home town Noda Mura was devastated by the disastrous Tohoku tsunami. His recent works appear to be influenced by that experience, showing the inter-connection between beauty and decay, destruction and renewal.
This piece is featured in his latest show entitled "Weathered Beauty". Click here to see the show.
Yukiya Izumita  "Weathered Beauty No. 6"
Ceramic sculpture 15" x 10" x 5.5"h (2 views)


Fusako Akao
Fusako Akao (b. 1950) studied ceramic art in Gifu National University and apprenticed with renowned ceramist Kiyoyuki Kato in Seto. One of her earliest work entitled 'Ruins' won the Grand Prize in Asahi Ceramic Exhibition in 1987, setting her direction towards conceptual art in her productive career.

Akao’s work is a tribute to nature. She sees the natural world as a slice in time in eons of a changing process - each soil particle, each drop of water holding memories of its creation. Her aim is to reveal the innate beauty in her medium. Her style is powerful and dynamic. She sculpts with swift, intuitive movements, and she uses traditional glazes to transform her work into beautiful landscapes that evoke jagged mountains, turquoise streams, or luminous ice crystals.

This piece 'Memory of Time F4' is from her 2012 America debut exhibition. It features Green Oribe glaze running down the interior of a largely unglazed body decorated with white porcelain bits. Click here to see Fusako Akao's recent show.
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Fusako Akao  "Memory of Time M5"

  Ceramic sculpture  8" x 8" x 5"h (2 views)





Fusako Akao  "Memory of Time B4"

  Ceramic sculpture  12" x 5" x 5"h (2 views)

Masamichi Terada

Kakishibu - a warm-toned dye made from persimmon tannin - was once a widely used preservative and weather-proofing agents in Japan since the Heian Period (782 – 1182 AD). Kakishibu-dyed paper was used for everyday items from umbrellas to food containers, and even for decorating traditional Japanese rooms, giving them quiet warm hues that become more beautiful with age. However, since the Second World War, kakishibu has largely been supplanted by modern paints and chemicals. The ancient art of dyeing with kakishibu appeared to be on its way to extinction. Master kakishibu artist Masamichi Terada (b.1935) made it his mission to revive this traditional Japanese art form. At the age of 74, Terada created this spectacular Noren titled 'Ginkgo' in 2009 for his exhibition in Touching Stone Gallery.  Click to see Masamichi Terada's show.

Masamichi Terada  "Noren No.6 (Ginkgo)"
Kakishibu-dyed linen noren
86" x 35" paired panels dyed on both sides  (Inset: details) 



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