I recently sold my collection of Hokido pots, so, having some photos on hand, figured this would be a good time to slap together a post while I’m hard at work on a Yusen post.
His real name was Naoyuki Maenami, born in 1942, and started the Hokido kiln in 1976(like many potters, during the beginning of the “boom” years).
He’s been out of production for a while, his era of production was limited to a mere decade and a half. In my opinion, his pots are really well made, for the money, he developed a color of red clay(“Syudei”)that can normally only be found in antique Chinese pots. They are nice enough that many Japanese bonsai enthusiasts mistook them for good antique Chinese pots when they first came out. After last weeks look at all that’s been added, let’s take a look at what just left my shelves!

Six points of Hokido, all small shohin size. The top pot is 5.5″, for scale.

It’s tough to tell from this image, but the clay used to create the rim and base is a darker color from the body.

A very simple, very rich, red oval with incurved walls.

A grayish clay rectangle with cut corners, inset cut feet, and top band. I have another version of this pot that is very early edition, I decided to keep it 🙂

The sister of the counterpoint pot on the high stand, in a much lighter clay, untreated by manganese wash or other patination.

White glazed oval. Glazed Hokido are few and far between, and to my knowledge, the only glaze he ever produced is this cream color. It looks especially nice on his signature antique mirror shape pots…more on that later.

The counterfoil piece, a scalloped semi cascade antique mirror shape with faux patina. It’s lovely, every bit as nice as a Bigei 3 times as pricey!

A large Hokido I’ve show before, in his trademark style Antique Mirror shape with three cloud feet. The clay is as rich a red as you’ll see from any potter, for twice to 3 times the price for a 12″ antique mirror shape. Despite selling the ones I had, I still maintain theyre quite the deal for the quality. Well burnished, well shaped, high quality, uniquely tinted clay…what more could you want?

A Hokido oval 10″ in his signature “Syudei”. The quality is tops, and the finish nice, but not totally smooth. Still, a fraction of the cost of a Burnished Bigei of the same size!
So those are the Hokido that left my shelves this week! Later today I should finish up a long, and long overdue, article dedicated to Tsukinowa Yusen.
Thanks for reading!


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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5 Responses to Hokido

  1. bonsaijapan says:

    I have 3 or 4 hokido pots myself and like you i really like them. Like you said, they have the look and feel of antique chinese pots. Beautiful pots.

    I am guessing the lot you sold went on to fund something really special?

    • japanesepots says:

      Not really. Always something on the way in though! Fella was looking for Hokidos, I sent some photos, “I’ll take em all” end of story!
      One of the first pot’s I got that got me started on pottery research and collecting was a tiny antique mirror shape Hokido, so I suppose that’s why I started collecting them.

  2. Shah says:

    Hi there do you have any pots left for sale thanks

  3. Dean Pham says:

    I just found your website and read about your Bonsai Pots Collection. Your site have a very very good bonsai pots informations. what is the price for the Hokidos pots 8.5″, 12.5″ and 15″?


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