From My Collection 5

A few more pots from my personal collection for your enjoyment.

Antique Chinese, New Crossing

Patina Close Up

Antique Chinese, Red Clay with cut corners and large lip. This pot has a marvelous patina, the “water gloss” of very old unglazed pots, which makes them feel greasy or slick to the touch.   I date this pot somewhere around 1920, as it’s a new-crossing pot(Shin-watari) it was made between 1911 and 1940.

Suzuki Syuzan

Suzuki Syuzan, gray clay with cut feet and rounded corners.
One of my favorite makers of unglazed pots, I’ll be doing a full post on Syuzan sometime in the near future. One of the most popular Japanese potters for Kokofu level conifers.

Old, and large, Hokido in an antique mirror shape. Hokido is One of my favorite makers of unglazed pots from the Tokoname region. Smaller Hokido are easy to find and relatively inexpensive for the quality, larger ones like this 15″ Note the color of the clay and the patina, it’s easy to see how his pots were confused with old Chinese pots when they first hit the market.

Aiba Kouyo

Three of my favorites from my collection of Kouyo pots. I love the center lotus shape, but it’s tough to imagine what could go in it! Perhaps an Umemodoki(Winterberry).
The green with silver and blue accents and the red with silver accents have both started to develop nice patina.

Tani Ranzan

Mame, sometsuke, and matched Suiban by Tani Ranzan, all with custom Kiri Bako and stamped Turmeric fabric.
I love the feet on the center sometsuke pot, delicate and uniquely shaped. The tiny Suiban set are interesting as well, the painted one brings to mind Alex Gray.


Old Watanabe Kazuhiro cream glazed oval with a marvelous patina. This pot was originally an off white to cream, the dignity of age has darkened it quite a bit.


A very old Akatsuki pot, dyed with a forest scene in black.  I’m really guessing on the color of the original painting, its tough to tell given the darkness of the patina.  Another pot that was originally off white or cream, now completely brownish yellow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed perusing these few pots from my collection, I’ll be posting up the first of three posts on Kamiya Ryuen later this evening.


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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