From my Collection 4

Here are a few more interesting pots from my collection I’d like to share. All are from very famous potters, some of whom I’ve shown before.

Itou Gekkou, 6" by 5" by 1.5"


An Oval Sometsuke pot by Itou Gekkou. One of my favorite painters of bonsai pots, Gekkou pots, along with pots by Yusen and Yuzan, are some of the most popular and sought after painting pots for show in Japan. One of my favorite pots in my collection right now, I’ve commissioned a Kiri Bako for the pot from master woodworker and bonsai and suiseki enthusiast Jerry Braswell. You can find his site with ordering information and examples of his work here:

Heian Tofukuji Jr. 5.5"


A rectangular pot with cut feet by Heian Tofukuji Jr. I really like the glaze on this pot, it’s a glaze I haven’t seen in his father’s work, making it a Tofukuji Jr original.

Imaoka Machinao, 4"

A small rectangle with pear skin clay by Machinao Imaoka. Imaoka makes some of the nicest and most unique Mame and shohin pots around, and they’re relatively inexpensive.

Joshu Shouzan. 6" square by 1"

A very well made and painted square by Joshu Shouzan. I really like the detail of the painting, as well as the fine detail of the rim and bottom.

Akatsuki, 3"

A small circle by Akatsuki. The patina on this pot, over the slight crackle glaze, is unreal. A very nice little Mame or accent pot.

Matsumoto Matsuishi, 5" by 4" by 1.5"

An interesting and spartan painting by Matsuishi.  I like the reserved use of detail, and negative space.  The back set feet also create an airy feeling.

Thanks for checking out a few more from my collection.  In the next post I have a very special pot to showcase from a potter I’d never heard of until last week, with a very unique story and history.


About japanesepots

I've been collecting Japanese Bonsai pots for a few years, and feel that the famous, and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with a little more writing and exposure in English. Additionally, this blog will feature My own And others bonsai for discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further knowledge of Japanese pottery and Japanese style bonsai. If you have any questions about Japanese bonsai pottery, or would like to acquire pots by some of the potters presented in the blog, feel free to email me at
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5 Responses to From my Collection 4

  1. stijn says:

    Hi firstly I congratulate you on educational site
    My second question was whether you could help me with an address where I can buy japanese bonsai pots
    greetings from belgium stijn

  2. Rolf Becker says:

    Thank you very much for your informational site. But would you please show the chop and signature of the Heian Tofukuji jr.?
    Thanks a lot.
    Regards Rolf

  3. Damien leece says:

    Hi yeah like the guy in the first reply….I really need help tracking down a route to buying some pots!!!! I’m so in love with cobalt blue under glaze for me there’s nothing that compares. I also have every intention of sitting some rather fine pine and juniper bonsai ive been training for years in the pots should I ever get hold of any. Gekkou’s style is amazing but I love them all to be honest, such is the artistry. If you could help in any way with out me having to spend 2k on tickets to Japan I would be ever so grateful. Thanks Damien

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