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Robert Yellin’s Neswletter: Ceramics of Japan Tour with Esprit Travel

Greetings from Kyoto,

Spring is in the air here and at last the long winter is winding down; I hope this finds you well and looking forward to spring flowers and dreams; in Kyoto those are easily found.

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Ceramics of Japan Tour with Esprit Travel
I’m pleased to announce that this year I will be working again with Esprit Travel to offer a special, select Ceramics of Japan tour. Last year’s group was a joy to be with and the groups for the past two years have been so outstanding, that I convinced Esprit to offer the tour again. This year’s tour will be October 6th-16th.

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I will be along as a guest lecturer and the tour will be led by Esprit guide, Keiko Nishi. Keiko will lead the group in a firm grounding in the arts of Japan as they relate to ceramics. I will be introducing the group to many of the wonderful ceramics artists in Kyoto, some area museums and visits to the ceramics areas of Shigaraki, Bizen and Tamba.

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The travel party is limited to only 12 and we are announcing the tour to our mailing list readers first. After you have the opportunity to consider signing up the tour will be announced to Esprit’s mailing list as well. If you are interested in the tour, please contact Esprit directly via email at ebaran@esprittravel.com to request a registration form and further information on pricing for singles or any other information you may need in order to make a decision. You can see more about the detailed tour itinerary here:

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http://www.esprittravel.com/custom-independent-japan-tours/escorted-japan-group-tours/japan-ceramics-tour

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I hope that you consider joining us for what will surely be a most inspirational and memorable visit to Japan and the grand ceramic traditions that await your discovery.

Exhibitions and Other News

At the gallery we have a few exhibitions planned and it all begins on March 28th for Inayoshi Osamu’s second exhibition. As many know, Inayoshi is an innovative and supremely talented potter from central Japan; the exhibition will end on April 6th. Next will be a debut exhibition here of Iga’s Tanimoto Yo from April 11th-25th with new sculptural forms from this well-established artist.

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Single works recently added to the web gallery include a Mashiko chawan by the late great Murata Gen, new radical forms by Seto’s Takeuchi Shingo, a rare circa 1970 Shigaraki stemmed guinomi by Tsuji Seimei and many Bizen serving platters by Hoshino Sei, among others.

I realize many of you might not be on Facebook, yet if you are and haven’t ‘Liked’ our gallery page and would like to be updated more frequently than please visit that page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-Yellin-Yakimono-Gallery/268534563178741

With deep thanks for all your continued support of the gallery and artists and culture: we hope to see you online or here at the gallery—and hopefully on the Esprit Tour.

Cordially,

Robert Yellin

Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Ginkakuji-mae-cho 39, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, JAPAN 606-8407
Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393
Email: Robert@e-yakimono.net
www.e-yakimono.net
hhtp://www.japanesepottery.com
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Fujioka Shuhei Iga ‘New Heights’ Exhibition & Coming Events

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Greetings from Kyoto

We hope this finds you well and looking forward to a pleasant holiday season.

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Fujioka Shuei!

Here its been a fine year in Kyoto, and we’re ending it with a Fujioka Shuhei Iga exhibition entitled ‘New Heights’ by this revolutionary Iga artist.

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Vase by Fujioka Shuei

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Creation by Fujioka Shuei!

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Detail of above pottery by Fujioka Shuhei!

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Guinomi/Sake cups by Fujioka Shuei!

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Tea Bowl by Fujioka Shuei!

In mid-January look for an Ajiki Hiro and son Jun 99 Mandala Guinomi Sake Cup exhibition.

Also, weekly additions are added to the gallery and we hope that any day that you need to refresh your senses and see something beautiful please do visit the web gallery.

The Nov.-Dec. issue of Ceramic Review has an article about the gallery, for those that might be interested.

Again and as always thank you for supporting not only our gallery yet also the artists, we all appreciate that very much.

If ever in Kyoto please do visit us!

Kansha always,

Robert Yellin

Robert Yellin (Robert@e-yakimono.net)

Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Ginkakuji-mae-cho 39
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
JAPAN 606-8407
Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393
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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Hatano Hideo Exhibition

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Greetings from Kyoto!

It’s been quite some time since our last newsletter and we hope this finds you well; all is very well—and cold—here in Kyoto in this old illustrious home. It hasn’t snowed that much at all this winter, yet a few days ago we did get a light dusting and the gallery garden was magical. I do hope before the sakura bloom we get at least one more snow fall here in the ancient capital. And then comes magical spring, any season for that matter is magical in Kyoto, we hope you can visit us one day in person.

Hatano Hideo Exhibition

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Hatano Hideo

In the meantime though online now we’re having a ‘White As Snow’ Hagi exhibition by Hatano Hideo.

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Hatano(b.1971) creates Hagi pottery that is at both classical and very contemporary.
Hideo’s father is Yamaguchi Prefectural Intangible Property Hatano Zenzo, with whom he has studied, in particular about the beauty of Hagi’s warm glazes.
Hatano graduated from Tama Art University having studied sculpture, and then moved to Kyoto where he studied at the Kyoto Municipal College of Pottery Technology and also at the Kyoto Municipal Technical Research Institute.

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In 2001 his work was accepted for the first time at the Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition, where he has shown nine times. He has also been selected for the juried Tanabe Museum’s Contemporary Tea Forms Exhibition (six times). His main exhibition venues are leading department store galleries such as Mitsukoshi and Tenmaya.
We are pleased to show 41 recent works by this rising Hagi star: http://www.japanesepottery.com/gallery.php

Other Works of Note

Other works of note on the gallery are also a Hagi work by the Miwa Hanako, in a work titled Jyo or Purification. The crystal form she told me is that of a snow crystal, you can view it here.

Another Hagi work by Hanako’s uncle, Kazuhiko, can be viewed here.

It was sad to hear that Miwa Jyusetsu passed away late last year at 103, Kazuhiko’s father and Hanako’s grandfather; one of the last, if not the last, giants of the 20th century, more about him can be read here in a past Japan Times article I wrote: click here.

And about Hagi in general: here.

Exhibitions on the Horizon

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It seems the winter season has us longing for snow, and the only place we can find it on a daily basis is on Hagi works. Long ago in my original ‘Yakimono Sanka’ (Ode to Japanese Pottery) book I wrote a haiku that went, ‘Fuji’s pure white snow, melted on a body of clay, Hagi Sake cup!’ For some reason all the haiku I wrote that were in the Japanese edition were forgotten to be included in the English version. Haiku, which pottery can be a visual version, were written about Iga, Bizen, Ki-Seto, Shigaraki, and the Momoyama period.

Exhibitions on the horizon for us include Arimatsu Kuugen (Shino) in April, Iga’s Fujioka in the autumn along with Ajiki Hiro’s 99 Mandala Guinomi Part Two also in the autumn, in between we’ll be adding other exhibitions and update you via this newsletter then. Please note though that there are many ‘mini-exhibitions’ on the gallery often as well as works updated to the gallery many times each week, we invite you to explore the gallery pages at your leisure.

We thank you as always for visiting and supporting our gallery and the living potters of Japan, they are deeply appreciative as well.

Sincerely,

Robert Yellin (Robert@e-yakimono.net)

Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Ginkakuji-mae-cho 39
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
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Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393
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Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery: JapanesePottery.com – June, 2011 Newsletter

Greetings from Kyoto,

It is with great pleasure that I write this to you from our new gallery located a few minutes walk from the Silver Pavilion. The setting is quite magical, that being an early Showa-period Sukiya style house built for a wealthy Tea and kendo patron; within the house full of tea rooms is also a kendo practice room!

Our New Gallery in Kyoto
Moving from Mishima to Kyoto will enable us to be closer to all the kilns we love in western Japan, as well as have access to more important secondary market works. I’m attaching a few photos of the gallery here and more can be found online at www.japanesepottery.com

The house was the residence for more then two decades of Tea Master John McGee, who returned to Canada to create a Tea room and center: http://www.shambhala.org/
arts/chanoyu.php. The spirit of Tea and wabi-sabi pervades the house and as such is the perfect stage for the many shibui ceramic art works we offer. In addition, we’ll be using the house—and garden—as a stage of sorts when showing new works online, such as for this Kato Takahiko Shigraki jar.

Kato, being the very talented artist he is, also carved a special wooden plaque for the gallery that reads from right to left Gin-Ro-An, which means Silver Dew Hermitage. I think ROsanjin would like it as much as RObert does.

Okini and all the best from Kyoto!

Robert Yellin (Robert@e-yakimono.net)
Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Ginkakuji-mae-cho 39
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
JAPAN 606-8407
Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393
www.japanesepottery.com

Other News

As summer slowly drifts by we’ll be having a few autumn exhibitions with Iga great Fujioka Shuhei surely set for mid-October. I’ll also be traveling a bit more to regional kilns so also please look for a few summer mini-exhibitions.

And, of course if ever in Kyoto please do stop by. The area is rich with history and as noted a very short walk to the Silver Pavilion and the Philosopher’s Path.

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Japanese Pottery Spring Greetings

Holding a dish by Asano Akira

Dear Japanese Pottery Enthusiasts and Friends,

Greetings from Mishima and we hope this finds everyone well as we
enter in the lovely spring season, at least for those of us in
the northern hemisphere. In Mishima now spring is slowly
appearing in subtle way, a bud here, a songbird there and of
course the dreaded cedar pollen too! Into March……

Wakimoto Hiroyuki’s plates

Here at the gallery we have some stunning works online and more
on the horizon. A few weeks ago I visited Bizen for Wakimoto
Hiroyuki’s kiln unloading and selected an assortment of work,
some purely sculptural, yet most are daily functional pieces. I
often find the greatest joy in ceramic art is the beauty and
satisfaction that comes from the simple joys of daily life, such
as eating and drinking. Wakimoto’s tableware is quite
‘user-friendly’ and surely would bring a smile to Rosanjin’s
heart. Here is an example:
http://www.japanesepottery.com/gallery_detail.php?currentnum=0&cid=0&iid=1177&keys

Kako Katsumi’s Bowl

Also, we have some great news for two of our artists who we have
introduced to the world, Kako Katsumi and Gomi Kenji. For Kako it
is in the form of his chawan, of which he creates thoroughly new
glazing schemes and deep forms. First, a white-splashed glaze
chawan was selected for the very prestigious Japan Ceramic Art
exhibition showing in Tokyo next month. The JCA exhibition is a
select and juried exhibition that is quite hard to be shown at,
and most works are in a larger sculptural realm, of which Kako
also is maturing with great skill and finesse:
http://www.japanesepottery.com/gallery_detail.php?currentnum=0&cid=NOTSOLD&iid=802&keys=kako
In past JCA exhibitions very few chawan are exhibited, and in one
catalog I just flipped through there were only four, two being
from the hands of Living National Treasures! Kako’s chawan will
be in the catalog as well and we have a very similar one on the
gallery now:
http://www.japanesepottery.com/gallery_detail.php?currentnum=0&cid=NOTSOLD&iid=1169&keys=kako
The brown one shown in the related photos is also very similar
that was just selected and awarded at the upcoming Tanabe
Museum’s Contemporary Tea Forms exhibition! As I’ve told Kako
many times, “your time is now!”

Gomi Kenji’s vase

For Gomi Kenji his time is fast approaching, maybe even too fast.
Just last year we discovered him at a group exhibition in Gifu
and *immediately* fell head over heels for his stunning
creations. Well, the powers-that-are also took notice and his
work will also be shown at the JCA exhibition as well as being
awarded the JCA Exhibition Prize and Grand Prize Runner-Up! In
addition, he was awarded at the upcoming Musee Tomo Biennial.
Kudos to these truly talented rising stars!

Other news includes Kato Takahiko’s kiln unloading next week in
Shigaraki. I’ll be driving down for that to select works, as well
as to visit a few other artists there and in Kyoto. The Japan
Ceramic Society Awards went to Miwa KyusetsuXII(Ryosaku) and
Maeda Masahiro.
I was very saddened to hear the other day that Tokoname veteran
potter Takeuchi Kimiaki had passed way for reasons I still am not
sure of. His wife called and left a cryptic message. I called
back to express my condolences and left it at that. Takeuchi was
just 63 years old.

In Tokyo this weekend is a new kogei-craft fair and for anyone in
the area it should be worth visiting: http://global.kogeiart.com/
Some new works in the gallery also worth mentioning are a large
‘Fuji’ charger by the late great artist-teacher Asano Akira:
http://www.japanesepottery.com/gallery_detail.php?currentnum=1&cid=0&iid=1156&keys
A deep amber-glazed jar by Shimizu Yasutaka, square plate by
Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo, a set of Oribe mukozuke by
the late great Sasaki Tadashi and a Mashiko faceted jar by the
late great Murata Gen.

We hope you’ll refresh your senses and enjoy some amazing works
by visiting our gallery online at www.japanesepottery.com or of
course stop by here in Mishima. We may have some big news about a
gallery move this year so stay tuned on that as well.

In any event, I and my staff thank you so very much for your
interest and patronage; all the best from Japan.

Cordially,

Robert Yellin
robert@e-yakimono.net
Yukari Niokawa
Izumi Tonegawa
Hiroko Iwata

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Pottery Lecture-Dinner in Tokyo and others

Greetings from Mishima,

The first day of October here arrives in what seems like a dream-passing of time; wasn’t it summer just a few days ago? We hope this finds all well in whatever season it may be where you are. Here in Japan autumn is one of the most delightful times of the year, not only for the beautiful scenery, yet also for the delicious food and art; autumn is called the ‘Culture Season’ with many exhibitions throughout the land. I recently wrote a Japan Times column on one such exhibition that can be read here: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fa20100903a1.html

What’s New on Our Site
This is a rather short newsletter of greeting and also to invite those who have signed our guest book to visit the online gallery if you haven’t recently. The variety of work is truly dazzling from recent additions such as Hasu Yoshitaka’s powerful Iga ash-glazed works, such as the box seen. Also featured is a brilliant Wa-Harmony Ring by Kako Katsumi, a rare 1966 Bizen vase-flask by Mori Togaku, published Bizen work by Kakurezaki Ryuichi, a large celadon charger by Living National Treasure Nakajima Hiroshi, major Nezumi-Shino platter by Wakao Toshisada and two platinum-glazed kogo by wonder-women Ogawa Machiko. We’ll also have some new works to show by Gomi Kenji soon as well.

So, please do pay a visit to www.japanesepottery.com to refresh your spirit with some autumn beauty from Japan.

Lecture-Dinner in Tokyo
Also, on the evening of Oct.22nd world-renowned sake authority John Gauntner and I will be hosting a lecture-dinner in Tokyo and for anyone who might be available, or know someone in Tokyo who might be interested, please do email me directly for more details. John’s extensive web site can be visited at www.sake-world.com.

Online Exhibitions, 2011 Yakimono Calendar
We have no large exhibitions planned at the gallery for the remainder of the year, yet will be offering works by various artists in our Exhibition Page each month, as well as weekly updates of works that are always a pleasure to view. I’ll be visiting Bizen and Mino this month so please look for treasures from those parts soon.

We’ll have a lovely Yakimono calendar for 2011 and will add your name to the list of those who will receive one, if you acquire a work from the gallery from now until mid-December.

Many thanks as always for your interest and as always;
All the best from Japan.

Cordially,
Robert Yellin

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Robert Yellin’s Book – Ode to Japanese Pottery

Book Details:

Title: Ode to Japanese Pottery, Sake Cups and Flasks
Author: Robert Lee Yellin
Hardcover: 208 pages
Dimensions: 22.7 x 18.2 x 2 cm
Photos: All color photography, 62 pages
Photography: Yoshihide Minato and Hiroya Yoshimori
Language: English
Publisher: Coherence Inc.
ISBN: 4-907731-05-1
Price: US $49.50 (cheaper if ordered directly from HOMEPAGE: ROBERT YELLIN YAKIMONO GALLERY)

Highlights:

Sake cups and flasks by approximately 100 modern and contemporary potters. Main text by Robert Yellin, with additional text by Wahei Aoyama entitled “A Brief History of Sake Vessels.” Book includes a detailed glossary of terms, and hand-painted calligraphy and artwork by various artists. This book is the English version of Yakimono Sanka by Robert Yellin, first published in Japanese in 1995 by Kogei Shuppan. Yakimono Sanka was recommended by the Japanese Library Association for inclusion into all Japanese public libraries.

Review:

In the world of Japanese pottery lie the aesthetic sensibilities of traditional Japanese culture. Robert L. Yellin, ceramic art columnist for The Japan Times, delivers in this detailed volume his insights into modern and contemporary Japanese pottery, in particular ceramic sake cups and flasks.

Originally written in 1995 for a Japanese audience, Ode to Japanese Pottery is an ideal introduction to those unacquainted to Japanese pottery, and a welcome asset to the libraries of Japanese ceramic art collectors and connoisseurs. The volume exhibits various styles of Japanese pottery, namely Bizen, Shigaraki, and Shino wares. Above all, Ode to Japanese Pottery gives the reader a grasp of the unique and delicate aesthetics of Japan, an aesthetic that has long captivated artists and art lovers the world over.

Inquiries:

To inquire about this publication, please click here.

Page Samples:

Excerpt from “Ode to Japanese Pottery,” page 40

Isezaki Yozan — Tokkuri of Eternity Isezaki Yozan (1902 – 1961) was a Bizen potter renowned for his sculptured pieces. He was designated an Okayama Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property in 1954. I have only come across one of his pieces on all my journeys (his pieces are quite rare). However, it is this tokkuri that I feel most closely gives me a glimpse of things eternal or ‘mugen’ in Japanese. This tokkuri is so simple in its appearance that it is almost deceiving; yet within its form are colors and a depth that refreshes the spirit. It is a piece that takes time to appreciate, like a good piece of music or a cherished friend. It is only with frequent contact and after a period of time that we can begin to comprehend the wisdom inherent within. This piece was fired with a cup or bowl over its neck (kabuse-yaki), which gives the effect of a ring around the shoulder.

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