By Appointment is best. You might get lucky just popping by, but a great deal of the month I am out visiting artists or scouring up new items, so days in the gallery are limited.
In accordance with the request of local authorities our gallery in Kyoto will be closed from April 1st until further notice.
Murakoshi Takuma Toban Disc Platter
Please refer to our stock # 1519 when inquiring.
Rusty Iron overlaid with Emerald Ash and milk white create abstract sumi-e patterns like a mid-century abstract expressionist masterpiece on the rough clay surface of this platter by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shunju Ozara (Spring and Autumn Platter). The artist calls this combination of feldspar, iron and ash Shunju, which comes from a traditional phrase denoting a color for each season. It is 32 cm (12-3/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, with Shiori and Shifuku fresh from the artists kiln this year.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high demand. He was born in Aichi prefecture in 1954 and began his stroll down the pottery path in 1980 under the tutelage of Kyoto potter Umehara Takehira. Favoring very rough Shigaraki glaze, he established his own kiln in 1997 in the Kiyomizu pottery district of Kyoto, then moved to Nagaoka in 2002. Although eschewing the world of competitive exhibitions, he has been picked up by many of Japan’s preeminent galleries, including private exhibitions at the prestigious Kuroda Toen of Tokyo’s Ginza District.
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