Kyogoku Shihou

Todays post we’ll take a look at a few painted pots of Kyogoku Shihou.
While this is only a small selection of 4 of Shihou’s pots, I think they’re representative of the artist’s work, which is really varied.

A five color pot with horses. Super bright coloration! The scenery and details really pop, like a Disney cartoon.

Sometsuke pot with really nice detail and brushwork.

A small red painted pot with very fine line brushwork.

A more impressionistic five color pot than the first.
Here are a few more pots from Shiho.

A nicely painted dragon in 5 colors on a quince shape pot. I like the wild feeling of this painting.

Blue landscape in window with 5 color flower borders. Really bright painting surrounds the window.

A simple sometsuke rectangle with fine brushwork.

Unglazed reddish brown clay with inset sometsuke landscape windows. Nice detail to the landscapes, and clean edges to the windows. Very nice finish to the unglazed pot as well.

And we’ll finish up with another impressionistic landscape in 5 colors. Bold colors and interestingly fuzzy brushwork create a cartoonish landscape on this slightly wonky pot.
Thanks for reading and Stay tuned!
I’ll be listing great pots For sale tomorrow, and also Tomorrow I’ll be finishing up a post on The Tsukinowas! Tsukinowa Yusen is probably the greatest painter who specialized in Bonsai pottery in the history of the art, and we’ll take a look at his pots, as well as pots by Tsukinowa Shunseki, his son, who was a good painter in the shadow of the greatest, and His grandson, Tsukinowa Shousen, who is truly carrying on his grandfathers work with awesome paintings, great porcelain work, and forgery proof accoutrements(too cool and unfortunately too necessary!!!).


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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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1 Response to Kyogoku Shihou

  1. mameandshohinbonsaipots says:

    Great point about Shihou’s work being really varied. Your selection illustrates that nicely. I would have thought four different painters otherwise. Thanks once again for introducing me to the work of another great Japanese potter.

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