Pots By Kamiya Ryuen

Kamiya Ryuen was born September 18, 1929 in Tokyo, the son of a temple carpenter and sculptor.  He began creating pots for bonsai in the mid 1970s.  Nearly all Ryuen pots are carved from a single block of clay.  This process of hand carving a pot is infinitely more time consuming than wheel, slab, or mold production, but results in a much higher quality pot that is more resistant to breakage.

Small details like carving to the bottom of the pot, banded junctions, and unique shapes make Ryuen pots stand above other unglazed potters of his generation.  Note the lack of join unions around the feet in the following pics, a sign of being sculpted from single blocks of clay.

Thanks to Matt Ouwinga for taking the time to snap these photos for me.

Ryuen with cloud feet


Smaller Ryuen With Cloud Feet


Ryuen Round with cloud feet and incised lip

Rectangle Ryuen with lightly sloping sides










Thanks for having a look at a few pots by Kamiya Ryuen, Ill be doing a couple more posts on Ryuen when I get time to take and sort through some pictures.




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 gastrognome@aol.com
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