Kutani Ikkou part 2(or, The Best Co-op Ever!)

Okay, so maybe “The Best Co-op Ever!” is a bit of hyperbole. But, when I saw this two pot set from two of my favorite artists, I almost fainted dead away.



The two pot set, and the signature and stamp on the bottom of each. The painted signature is, of course, Kutani Ikko. The stamp? Bushuan, Shigeru Fukuda.

From the four sides.

Some detail shots. The shading and brushwork is incredible.

The 5 color, from four sides.

Like most Kutani Ikko, the detail is really first rate. A more typical subject matter for Kutani Yaki on this piece.

I make no secret here that Bushuan is one of my favorite potters, so to see a collaboration with one of my favorite contemporary painters is something special! While I have you, let’s look at
Some More Kutani Ikko
You can refer back in the Table of Contents to the first post I did on Kutani Ikko. Here are a few more that I didn’t feature in that post.



A really nice Mokko shape Akae co-op between Kutani Ikko and Takao Koyo.





The classic double pheasants. I’ve sen versions of this motif from just about all the major painters, Yusen, Gekkou, Yuzan, ect…



And we’ll finish up today with this wonderfully detailed akae dragon pot, with Heian Kouzan style latticework in gold. Why more needs to be said? Badass.




Detail views.

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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6 Responses to Kutani Ikkou part 2(or, The Best Co-op Ever!)

  1. wow that first set is awesome.

  2. Shawn Silbaugh says:

    If i was able to get some pots this beautiful i would never put a tree in them & have them on display in my house!

    • japanesepots says:

      Well, that defeats the purpose Shawn! While fine painted porcelain bonsai pots like these work just fine as stand alone art objects, they’re even better with trees of matching caliber!
      Now, a Yusen, on the other hand, I would have a hard time using in show where I wasn’t guarding it day and night!

  3. Adam Lyons says:

    Reblogged this on Lyons Bonsai and commented:
    Beautiful pots

  4. Awesome pots – thanks for sharing!

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