A very rare boxed set of 3 cups by potters of several ancient kiln areas: Bizen by Kakurezaki Ryuichi, Hagi by Miwa Kazuhiko and Ki-Seto by Suzuki Goro. What great fun to break out this set on a night with friends, sharing tastes of various sake from the hands of some of Japans top potters in various traditions. Something not simply to be seen or collected, but used and experienced. It comes enclosed in the original wooden box signed by the artists.
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Suzuki Goro has a list of shows and prizes too lengthy to go through, but the highlights are, Nitten National Art Exhibition, Nihon Shin Kogei Ten (New National Crafts Exhibition), Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (National Modern Crafts Exhibition), Asahi Togei Ten-(First of Show and governors prize), as well as the Kofukai Ten among many others. He has a strong and devout following both domestic and international.
Kazuhiko likely needs no introduction. Born into the family of living National Treasure Miwa Kyusettsu, he was not only heavily influenced by his father, but by his 5 years at the San Francisco Art Institute where he was able to acquire a novel eye in his approach toward the traditional Hagi style. He has a list of exhibitions much too long to state here, both inside and outside Japan.
It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with the ability to see the clays potential beyond conventional form. He graduated the Osaka University of Fine Arts, then enjoyed a long apprenticeship under Bizen Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun before opening his own kiln in 1986. Combining traditional technique with modern architectural form, He was recipient of the Japan Ceramics Society Award, Grand Prize at the Fifth Contemporary Tea Ceremony Utensils Exhibition, Tanabe Museum and has a list of public and private exhibitions which go beyond this brief add, including a showing in New York this year. His works are held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, National Ceramic Museum of France and the Tanabe Museum among others.