Recent Japanese Stoneware



Vessel with Linear Designs in Iron Glaze, 1951, stoneware with black and white glazes.  Yagi Kazuo, 1918-1979, Japanese.



Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979), Osamu Suzuki (1926-2001) and Hikaru Yamada (1923-2001) were co-founders in 1948 of the avant-garde ceramicist group called Sodeisha (Crawling Through the Mud Association), based in Kyoto.


They used traditional techniques to make innovative ceramics, influenced both by Japanese tradition and Western abstraction.  They did not limit themselves to vessels with functions. They wanted to create art.  

Holding firmly to the rich inventory of Japanese traditional techniques, they went up against an ancient expectation of functional and folk-art objects. 


Nothing ventured, nothing gained:  these bold ones have left a deep seam of earthenware of a beauty and originality not seen before.

And a vast and admiring public and a succession which includes a number of artist-artisans declared National Treasures.

To show, once again, that art has a function in our lives equal in value to the function of any object which we use.




Flame-rimmed deep bowl dating to 3500-2500 BC, earthenware. From Japan’s oldest civilization, this coil-built  bowl, smoothed by hand and with a paddle, is thought to have had a ritual function because of the irregularity of its rim.



These pieces, some by members of Sodeisha and some by their followers, are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY




Dish with Three Circular Spots, c. 1950s, stoneware with fire marks (Bizen ware). Kitaoji Rosanjin, 1883-1959.





Black pottery screen, 1982, smoke-infused stoneware.  Yamada Hikaru, 1923-2001, Japanese.

A co-founder in 1948 of the avant-garde ceramicist group Sodeisha (Crawling Through the Mud Association).

  He began making sculpture from 1948 onwards.



White- and brown-glazed tiles are arranged in a mandala.  I don’t know the date.  Yamada Hikaru, 1923-2001, Japanese



Fragments with gold glaze, 1984, gold-glazed stoneware, iron, vinyl line.   Yamada Hikaru, 1923-2001, Japanese




Vase with silver-painted linear design; 1988; stoneware with paper-resist slip decoration and thin silver glaze.  Kuriki Tatsusuke, 1943-2013, Japanese




No Sound C, 1992, stoneware with black slip.  Hayashi Yasuo, Japanese born 1928




Shell vessel, 1997, Shagaraki stoneware with white glaze.  Koike Shoko, Japanese born 1943.  A rare woman ceramcist to have been declared a National Treasure




Black and iron red key pattern vase, stoneware, 2000. Morino Hiroaki, Japanese born 1934




Large jar, stoneware with natural ash glaze, c. 2005. Tsujimura Yui, Japanese born 1975




Spiraling Vessel, Dizzy Shadings, marbelized stoneware, 2005.  Ogata Kamio, Japanese born 1949




Gourd-shaped water jar, 2011, stoneware with natural ash glaze.  Tsujimura Shiro, Japanese born 1947






Large bowl with stripes, 2016, marbleized stoneware.  Ito Sekisui V, Japanese born 1941. Declared a National Treasure in 2003.

He is the fifth generation ceramicist from Sado Island.  He works with an ocher clay which is a by-product of gold mining.









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