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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
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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
hhtp://www.japanesepottery.com

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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
JAPAN 606-8407
Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393
hhtp://www.japanesepottery.com

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Minegishi Seiko Debut Exhibition

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Greetings from Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Greetings from Kyoto and we hope this finds all well as we enter into autumn here, surely one of the most pleasant times to visit this most amazing city.

Minegishi Seiko Debut Exhibition

We’re very pleased to announce the Kyoto debut exhibition of Celadon master Minegishi Seiko(b.1952). Minegishi is without a doubt one of the most graceful celadon ceramic artists in Japan today. He works out of the resort town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, not far from Mashiko. His works have been exhibited at major venues in Japan as well as the Nasu Queen Museum. At the Mingei Museum in San Diego a large charger is on display now as part of a fabulous exhibition on contemporary Japanese ceramic art, see more on that below. His work has also been acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. His research in celadon began in 1988, yet his career as a potter began in 1972. More about Minegishi can be read here: http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/s-minegishi.html All works are museum quality and come with signed boxes. Additional photos of any works will gladly be sent upon request, the exhibition ends on Sept. 28th

Celadon Tsubo-Jars, Large Hachi-Vessel and Vases by Minegishi Seiko

Celadon Flower, Persimmon, Koro and Flower Sculpture

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Celadon Tea and Sake Vessels

Exhibition Schedule, Online Selection

Our exhibition schedule for autumn and into winter include Kitajima Shigemitsu’s Echizen Tsubo-jar exhibition from Oct. 25-Nov.8; Inayoshi Osamu’s Japan and World debut exhibition from Nov.16th-25th and Osaka’s Hiruma Kazuyo’s ceramic sculptures in early December.

Our online selection is continually expanding with new discoveries, such as Taniguchi Norimasa and Yoshitaka, from the famous Kyoto family of Taniguchi Ryozo, a Japan Ceramic Society Award winner in 1963 and inventor of a most wonderful blue glazing scheme that his son and grandson continue to use. We’ve also recently listed a handsome iron-glazed jar by Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi as well as one by Kawai Kanjiro:

Tenmoku-Persimmon Glazed Jar by Shimizu Uichi

Kawai Kanjiro Henko-Jar

For those looking for a magical sake vessel then please have a look at this one by the late, great Wada Morihiro: Guinomi by Wada Morihiro

For those who want to visit the Taniguchi studio, such a visit has been planned as part of a ceramic tour of Japan commencing in October and arranged by Esprit Travel: Ceramics of Japan Tour

Other Exhibitions of Note

One highly recommended and unprecedented exhibition will be at the stunning Miho Museum not far from Kyoto showing Jomon period Dogu figures from across Japan; truly an exhibition not to be missed: 2012 Special Exhibition
Other exhibitions of note are two; one in Southern California and the other in Northern California focusing on two private collectors collections of contemporary Japanese ceramics. I was honored to give two lectures at the former, here: Nature, Tradition, and Innovation
…and hope to be able to see this one as well: Japanese Ceramics from the William Bayer Collection

Nishimura’s works

Nearby our gallery is a quaint and interesting temple call Honen-in that dates back to 1680. They often host art exhibitions, concerts and lectures that are always engaging. A few weeks ago Robert went there with a visitor and just happened to come across an exhibition by Osaka painter Nishimura Daiki, and he was immediately taken with Nishimura’s moody ‘dark and light’ paintings. Speaking with Nishimura, Robert arranged for some paintings to be displayed at the gallery and they make a perfect backdrop for any ceramic art; prices range from 30-80,000 yen. Coincidentally, Nishimura said that his work was recently shown in San Diego in Balboa Park at the Japanese Friendship Garden, where one person purchased all the paintings. We have ten to offer.

And with that we hope that the autumn brings much beauty and joy to your homes, we thank you so very much for all your support and interest in our gallery, and hope to see you here in Kyoto or online at www.japanesepottery.com Also, many updates about the gallery and ceramic news are updated on our Facebook page.

Okini from Kyoto,

Robert Yellin (Robert@e-yakimono.net)
Chihiro Yadokoro
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

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Takeuchi Shingo Exhibition & Local Kyoto Talent

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To all Friends of our gallery, Greetings from Kyoto!

It’s been a while since our last email to you and we hope this finds all lovers of beauty well. Here we are so pleased with our move to Kyoto and have been able to greet many visitors whom otherwise we wouldn’t have had the pleasure to do so. We sincerely hope that one day you’ll be able to visit this magical city and stop on by.

Our gate is always open.

Takeuchi Shingo Exhibition

In the meantime though there is so much new work on the web gallery that we hope you have seen. Now we’re having a one-man exhibition of Seto veteran ceramic artist Takeuchi Shingo, whose works are all hand-coiled and speak of exotic forms and organic color schemes. Some of his works are subdued in charcoal gray tones and are very much Zen-ish in attitude. Takeuchi’s works have been exhibited in countless juried exhibitions that include the Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition (’82 ’85 ’86 ’87 ’88 ’94), the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition(’84 ’86 ’87 ’88 ’91 ’99), and the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale (’04 ’08). We hope you create a moment to see Takeuchi’s works online until next Wednesday. Takeuchi will be in the gallery this weekend and if anyone would like to Skype and say hello or to see works in real time please do so. By searching Skype for Robert Yellin, that should do.

After that look for Kako Katsumi’s exhibition online, a true rising star, starting on March 30th.

Local Kyoto Talent

We’ve also discovered some amazing local talent, including Kyoto veteran ceramic artist Kobayashi Hideo and the red hot young potter Ikeda Shogo from faraway Tanegashima Island, a place more associated with nanban-yaki than with Ikeda’s superb Oribe and Kohiki works.

Another veteran artist never shown in the west before is Echizen’s Miyoshi Kentaro.

For those who adore ancient works, we offer a rare chance to acquire a top rated museum quality Ko-Tamba tsubo-jar from a Kyoto collector.

Other News

A few weeks ago a video was released—actually five videos—by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs featuring different aspects of Japanese culture. For the video titled ‘Takumi’ I was selected to show various crafts—a true honor—to invite visitors from overseas to discover the beauty that Japan has to offer. The video can be viewed here, number 6:

As I type this, clouds drift over the Higashiyama mountains, below is the Silver Pavilion; we sincerely hope to see you here one day to show you this view, and we also hope you enjoy all the amazing work on the web gallery at www.japanesepottery.com.

Robert Yellin (Robert@e-yakimono.net)
Chihiro Yadokoro
Sumie Sato
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

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Robert Yellin Newsletter: Koinuma Michio Exhibition & Ogawa Machiko, Mihara Ken Works

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Greetings from Kyoto,

To all subscribers to our mailing list a hearty ‘Okini’ from Kyoto; hoping this finds you well and living with and touching beauty in some form each and every precious day.

We’re firmly settled into our truly splendid house near Ginkakuji—the Silver Pavilion—and have had many folks visit who would not have otherwise if we were still in Mishima; the move was a good move! If you haven’t yet seen photos of the new space please do so here: http://www.japanesepottery.com/about-us.php#tour

Koinuma Michio Exhibition

As many know autumn is known as the Season of Culture here in Japan and we are pleased to present for our first exhibition new works by legendary and influential Mashiko-based artist Koinuma Michio.

In a past issue of Japan’s leading ceramic magazine ‘Honoho Geijutsu,’ Koinuma was named one of the top 100 potters in all of Japan. That is quite an honor considering the tens of thousands of professional potters here. Koinuma(b1936) as noted is based in Mashiko but his creations are far from Mingei; they are clay works of highest artistic merit and in important museum and private collections worldwide. Please have a look at 15 new works here.

Ogawa Machiko, Mihara Ken Works

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We also have added some important works from artists such as Ogawa Machiko with a large red circa 1987 vessel and a circa 1991 large Mihara Ken ‘Wave-Wind’ motif vessel. For those who might be looking for special autumn sake flask—of course autumn is when sake tastes best—this flask by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi should fit the bill: click here

Up-and-coming Potters – Hattori Katsuya

The past few months I’ve also looked at the work of up-and-coming potters and not just those who make sculptural works, yet also those who make ‘simple’ works for daily use, and whose works are very reasonable. One such potter is Hattori Katsuya.

His tea pots, bowls and cups are a joy to look at, to use, and add much character to any table. The koma-linear motifs found on his works remind me of Edo period Seto works in a mugiwara-de or ‘barley straw style,’ so favored by the likes of Shirasu Masako.

Other News

In October starting from the 15th we’ll be showing recently-fired pieces by famed Iga potter Fujioka Shuhei; he’s been busy for months now making the new works, with an emphasis on tsubo-jar forms. Look also for many other of his ‘samurai-slash’ forms that certainly command attention.

In Kyoto I also have access to a wider range of very hard-to-get-into-dealer-only auctions, so please look for one-of-a-kind works from past-modern and contemporary potters, one such find is a very rare circa late Edo period set of Noh mukozuke from the Iwakura-yaki style based here in Kyoto: click here.

We — Chihiro and Sumie and I — hope you visit the online gallery to refresh your spirit and mind in these amazing times; empires come and go, yet the only thing that remains is art and the legacy of those who touched it.

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

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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.

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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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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: The Power of Myth-Shimura Noriyuki Exhibition

We are pleased to announce the 2nd exhibition of Shimura Noriyuki, a unique ceramic artist who takes folklore and history and places them on his colorful vessels. Shimura has been working since 1990 in the Izu peninsula after having studied and worked for 11 years with Seto potter and glaze master Kato Sho (1927-2001, Aichi Intangible Cultural Property). Kato was also a unique potter making incised works with peacocks, for example. Shimura did much inlay-zogan work over the years for Kato and on his current works he continues to employ this technique, often with writing about the meaning of each piece. Our online exhibition will be viewable until July 7th.

Shimura Noriyuki—The Power of Myth (From a past Honoho Geijutsu column)

It’s often said that good things come in small packages, take a little kogo for example. I just had to smile as I held one in my miraculous hands; staring back at me was a fire breathing Godzilla-like figure. How fun, I said to myself! The whimsical world of kogo goes back many centuries with mythical figures such as shishi lions and robed foxes, seven-lucky gods, birds, and other nature themes as motifs. I’m sure such kogo have brought delight to those who viewed them too over the endless years. In fact, kogo are collected the world over with one famous collection of 3,500 kogo (however no fire breathing dragon ones) created by French statesman George Clemenceau (1841-1929). The Clemenceau collection toured Japan in 1978. That was just thirty years ago and how the world at large has changed, not often for the better though, unfortunately. It’s time to, as Henry David Thoreau said, simplify, or as comedian Steve Martin once joked to, ‘get small!’

These largely unnerving days we surely need new dreams, new ideas and new visions (here big is ok) in all aspects of life to revive our spirits, the economy and the environment. Or maybe we just need to look at ancient myths to remember the value of life. Art too is often an inspiration in such turbulent times, a visual way to connect with our psyches, inner voices and dreams; Shimura Noriyuki–the ceramic artist who created the Godzilla-like kogo–is an inspired artist who in his own quiet way is keeping dreams and myths alive in his ceramic art.

The great author of the book ‘The Power of Myth’ Joseph Campbell used to say ‘follow your bliss.’ To do so means one follows the uncharted path of life taking each thought, each dream, each vision into every single precious day to create what we call ‘a life.’

Shimura has been doing that since 1990 in the Izu peninsula after having studied and worked for 11 years with Seto potter and glaze master Kato Sho (1927-2001, Aichi Intangible Cultural Property). Kato was also a unique potter making incised works with peacocks, for example. Shimura did much inlay-zogan work over the years for Kato and on his current works he continues to employ this technique. Have a look at another kogo, the Buddha, and you’ll see a keen sense of balance in the white zogan design set within the backdrop. And the dragon kogo is a riot of color, yet as with all of Shimura’s works the colors blend together in a rather shibui way. And this is an important aspect of Shimura’s work; how he does blend his colors in a kirei-sabi way, not gaudy at all. That makes Shimura’s works able to sit in a tokonoma and not be out of place. They also will bring a lively commentary and smiles to any tea ceremony. Of course he also makes vessels for the table with equally pleasing themes.

As with kogo, okimono or ornamental figures long ago were a whimsical world of beasts, legendary figures, and demons that brought luck, prosperity, dreams and inspiration to many homes. Where are such okimono now? If a society loses its power of indigenous myth and just buys into globalization its spirit will die off. To keep the power of myth alive maintains the health of a society. Shimura is doing all he can to bring okimono back into the homes of the nation.

His Sumo wrestler has a stern yet gentle face, and the image of Fuji-san on his kesho-mawashi imparts not only energy to the okimono, yet also a spirit, the spirit of Japan. The Fuji-san okimono has a well-balanced grove of multi-colored pines growing up the entire form; a pure Japanese image, and symbolism poetical themed with the word ‘tsuki’ or moon rising from the side inlaid within the moon itself. The back has a rather textile themed striped pattern that also recalls Ogata Kenzan. To have such an okimono, in one’s foyer will surely allow one to leave the house each day with a smile and greet the day empowered with their own bliss, rooted in the timeless power of myth. Thanks to Shimura Noriyuki for reminding me of that.

With deep thanks and appreciation for all your interest and support; my staff and I send our best regards from Japan.

Cordially,
Robert Yellin

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: The Kanzaki Shiho Exhibition

Summer Greetings from Mishima,

It’s been an unusually cool beginning of summer here in Japan; even Mt.Fuji still has a full topping of snow, the likes I’ve not seen before. All in all, a glorious time of year here in Japan and we hope the same to all our gallery followers the world over.

Our Newly Redesigned Website

As many know, we’ve launched a new web gallery with a marvelous new design and format. Part of this newly designed layout is a stand-alone exhibition page and we have our first exhibition all uploaded and ready for viewing!
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The Kanzaki Shiho Exhibition

Kanzaki Shiho (b.1942) is a living legend for Shigaraki- Iga and he’s known around the world with works in major museums. He’s been featured on the covers of many ceramic magazines (Ceramic Art and Perception #32, Ceramics Monthly Summer ’97, among others) as well as having a recent documentary made about his life.

What is unique about Kanzaki is his firings and the results he gets from a long firing of his anagama; his Buddhist nature also plays a deep part in his works—his home is also a Buddhist Temple. He keeps his forms ‘simple’ to allow the brilliance of the shizen-yu (natural ash-glazes) to dazzle the senses, and that they do! Matched with the richness of the tsuchi-aji (‘clay flavor’) Kanzaki’s works are truly in a class alone for anagama firings.

I visited Kanzaki in late May and selected 20 works, we hope they brighten your day with the brilliance of Kanzaki’s shining shizen-yu.
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Our Former Online Gallery

Our former online gallery is still alive online and works offered there will slowly make their way to the new gallery, please do bookmark the site at http://www.trocadero.com/japanesepottery/catalog.html . Before they do make the switch I’m taking offers on most works to ease my work load, please email me directly at robert@e-yakimono.net with any queries.

What’s Coming Up

On tap we have a Shimura Noriyuki ‘Power of Myth’ exhibition later in June, and other exhibitions to be announced for the fall. As always new works are listed on the gallery almost each weekday, even I’m not sure what those are each week and that surely keeps things interesting and magical. Newly listed highlight are a huge jar by Uchida Koichi, a tall red painted jar by Wakao Toshidada and a new form from Tanoue Shinya; we hope you enjoy viewing these works along with the Kanzaki Shiho exhibition.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or constructive criticism on the new gallery—of this nifty new e-letter format—please do email me at the email address noted above.

With deep thanks and appreciation for all your interest and support; my staff and I send our best regards from Japan.

Cordially,
Robert Yellin

Yakimono Gallery
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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Robert Yellin Gallery Renewal

Greetings from Mishima,

The sakura petals have come and gone here in Japan, there was even a photo taken of them with a cozy snow frosting, it’s beenthat cold here this spring. Wherever this may find you, we hopeyour skies are clear.

Finally we have launched our newly designed web gallery! It has the same URL as before at www.japanesepottery.com and is astand-alone site now separate from Trocadero. Our previous
gallery is still viewable at
http://www.trocadero.com/japanesepottery/catalog.html and shallremain there for the time being, to be faded out in the comingmonths. Please note all new listings will be at our new site. As noted, we’ll be slowly phasing out the Trocadero gallery and as such any offers on pieces listed there will be considered for the near future.

Our new design has a crisper feel and the photos pop up in a more
defined manner; please note that when the photos do pop up there
will be a ‘next’ and ‘previous’ button visible at the top thirdof each photo, yet only if you move your mouse there.

Another feature we added is an exhibition page for one-person or group shows. I was in Tokyo yesterday to view the collection of Mr. Ed. Keiths who has decided to return to the US after more than thirty years; we’ll be featuring part of his collection–mostly sake vessels–on the exhibition page next week; the boxes should arrive at the gallery on Monday. He also has a grand collection of Meiji-Showa small clay figures.

Any comments positive or constructive criticism about the new gallery are gladly welcome; as our testimonials for our gallery.
We’d like to add some new ones.

Also, any ceramic treasures sent within the next few weeks will also be accompanied by a pack of Shizuoka green tea as a small way to say thank you so very much.

Many thanks for your continued interest and patronage; assisting in creating small or major collections of the finest Japanese ceramic art past and present, that is our goal.

Cordially,

Robert Yellin
Yukari Niokawa
Mitsuyo Watanabe

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Email: robert@e-yakimono.net
Gallery located in Mishima, Shizuoka-ken;
please visit anytime when in Japan.

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Robert Yellin Gallery Renewal

Greetings from Mishima,

Just a week or so away….sakura-cherry blossoms; after the long winter in the northern hemisphere I’m sure we’ll all waiting for spring with great welcome. I hope this finds all visitors to our gallery well and finding the blessings in each day.

Here we are getting ready for a major web gallery renewal–great new look and design–and as such will be moving most of our ceramic treasures to the new site over the next weeks. To make life easier–and to offer our clients a rare chance–we’ll be offering EMS delivery with most purchases and also will take offers on any pieces of interest. This offer will last only until we launch the new web site in a few weeks. Please email Robert directly at robert@e-yakimono.net with any questions or such.

Future exhibitions will be announced at the new launch time.

With deep thanks and appreciation from Japan.

Cordially,

Robert Yellin
Yukari Niokawa
Mitsuyo Watanabe

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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Japanese Pottery by Koinuma Michio

Greetings from Mishima,

As the year 2009 slowly winds down we close our exhibition schedule with a look at 20 of Koinuma Michio’s empowered kabuto–Samurai helmets.

Kabuto are objects with a significant history here in Japan, worn by the warrior class Samurai for protection in battle, they also were symbols of power and clan affiliations; many were also beautifully constructed to resemble works of art.

Nowadays families display model ones during Boy’s Day in the spring in hopes of a strong and healthy future. Each of Koinuma’s helmets has an ancient aura surrounding the darkened patina of each work, as if they were excavated from a lord’s tomb.

The symbolism is strong in each representing character, boldness, humility, honor and courage. Fired in a small wood-burning kiln, each is given a unique firing scheme that can never be duplicated.

Koinuma(b.1936) imparts to all his unique ceramic creations a deep spirituality combined with a pure Japanese aesthetic; he’s been doing this for decades and as such is respected as one of Japan’s most important veteran ceramic artists.

Sizes range from 13 to 23cm.tall and prices are between 100,000-160,000 yen with signed boxes. Each is hollow yet very solid with a good weight and balance; additional photos of any gladly sent upon request. Koinuma’s kabuto are on the web gallery now for viewing and in time for the holidays.

Next year look for a new look to our online gallery; we’ve been working with a great team of web designers and look forward to the debut in early January. Also on tap for 2010 are exhibitions by Nagaoka Masami, jars by Koinuma, colorful Shimura Noriyuki and a rare look at veteran Hirashimizu potter Niwa Ryochi; other exhibitions to be announced.

With any orders through the end of the year we’ll be including a traditional hand cloth called a tenugui that was designed by Ajiki Hiro as a year-end gift.

With much thanks for all your interest and support this year.
Wishing all a very pleasant, enjoyable and healthy holiday season.

Warm regards,

Robert Yellin
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