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The 12th, 13th, and 14th Annual Contemporary Kobachi Artist Exhibition

I was away from writing for so long I missed 3 entire years of The Annual Kobachi Exhibition which I have written about since it’s 7th year. The reports from The All Japan Shohin Bonsai Association who holds the exhibition … Continue reading

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A Quick Look at Really Bad Forgeries, or, Exposing The Man Behind the Curtain

It’s almost common knowledge these days that there are many forgeries of Japanese potters’ work. I’ve even heard some claim that there are more fake pieces than real containers when it comes to some of the top level artists. The … Continue reading

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New Beginnings and New Revisions

As many of you know, I’ve been faced with some major health issues over the last couple of years. After the coup de grace of those issues last week, I’ve decided to spend more time fixing some of the things … Continue reading

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Ogurayama, Part 2

Karahashi Homiyabi was born September 5, 1920, in Kyoto.  Before bonsai pottery, he helped with the family business making traditional Kyo-yaki ware.  He started his earnest apprenticeship as a potter/painter in 1970 under Heian Matsumoto, and gained his independence in … Continue reading

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Shosekis! 

With Heike Van Gunst Shosekis! (Part 3 of the Bang for your Buck series) Ishida Shoseki Ishida Shoseki was born in 1925, but didn’t start to create bonsai containers until 1969.  At the age of 50, she first trained under … Continue reading

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Inoue Ryosai

After a long summer and fall hiatus while I’ve been actually DOING bonsai, I’m back this week with the first of several articles to be published before the end of the year.  Thanks for being patient and sticking around! Third … Continue reading

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Shunka Seizan 3

This will be the third installment of posts on the great contemporary potter and painter Shunka Seizan, who has recently won several awards and continues to amaze me with his diverse talents.  From post 1: “His real name is “河村 … Continue reading

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Bushuan 5

Shigeru Fukuda is one of my favorite contemporary Japanese potters, and has been featured numerous times on the blog.  For previous posts, click here: Bushuan Posts.  He is quite famous in Japan, although not because of bonsai and pottery.  He’s … Continue reading

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Ino Shukuho, Part 2

Ino Shukuho is a legacy of 3 generations of potters, each with different styles and techniques.  The current Shukuho, Ino Yoshiki, was born in 1943.  His father, Ino Kiichiro, was a purveyor for the Imperial Houshokd, and was close friends … Continue reading

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21 Questions for Kawauso Pottery and the Talented Roy Minarai

I started out thinking I was going to do an article about Kawauso Pottery(aka Roy Minarai on Facebook), but the interview stands well on its own. So, here it is in its entirety, along with a selection of Roy’s containers. … Continue reading

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