Category Archives: Famous and Antique Potters

A Hanging

Kind of a dramatic title, don’t you think? No, this post will not be about crime, punishment, and the noose, but rather, stuff to put up on the wall in my bonsai workshop and pottery room. I came across this … Continue reading

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An Interesting Surprise?

Last month I received a group of pots I had purchased from Japan in a lot, nothing special, just 10 pots sold as a group that looked decent. I didn’t look too closely before I purchased them, because, well, cheap. … Continue reading

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Heian Shouami(平安昭阿弥)

In contrast to the last article dealing with the highly refined and detailed work of Kutani Ikko, in todays article with deal with the whimsical and playful painted pottery of Heian Shouami. The first generation “Shouami”(昭阿弥), whose given name was … Continue reading

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Daisuke Sano, Hiroshige, and the 53 Stations

I’ve mentioned them before here on the website, but when I saw these Suiban by Master Painter Sano Daisuke, I thought these would be an excellent opportunity to go into much greater detail about Ando Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the … Continue reading

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Nihon de Hajimete, or, Busting the Japanese Cherry(Prelude)

Japan: It’s every Bonsai fanatic’s dream. While I’ve been doing Bonsai for 6 years, it’s only in the last 3 that I’ve become serious about the art. From the first images I saw of Japanese bonsai in Kokufu albums and … Continue reading

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The Pots go up for Auction!

Beginning today at noon, and continuing until Sunday, all the pots still available on the “For Sale” page will be listed for auction on eBay, and 10 or more new pots will be up for auction as well. Reserves at … Continue reading

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Ichinokura Sekisyu(市之倉石州)

Ichinokura Sekisyu was born in 1925. He first opened the kiln “Koho” in 1956, and was primarily focused on tea cups and similar wares. Beginning in 1970, he began producing small bonsai pots under the Koho name, and in 1972, … Continue reading

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Sansyu Ichiyo (三琇一陽 )

Sanshu Ichiyo was born In Aichi prefecture in 1902, and passed away in 1985. His family ran a wholesale China store, an he later ran a similar operation in Tokyo. Selling pottery, he had a unique opportunity to study different … Continue reading

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A Quick Shot of a Kifu Shimpaku(Update, Mystery Solved!)

A while ago I posted this post about a Kifu Size Shimpaku Juniper from my collection. I’d wondered about the pot for quite a while, as it was not marked as a Tofukuji Jr, and the quality was different and … Continue reading

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F@$&*%#g Forgeries!

It’s often mentioned that there are many forgeries of famous Japanese potters’ work, in fact, I’ve heard some claim that there are more fake than real. The truth is, I think, that these claims are sometimes exaggerated. While I often … Continue reading

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