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Ten Tea Bowls and Ten Guinomi cups
with one special piece



TEN bowls and TWO plates

"Quickened Memories"

a message from SHITARA
beyond 27 years

Apr.30(Sun) - May.07(Sun), 2017





Phone rang in early spring of 2016.
That was Mr. Tadayasu Sasayama telling me he found a card board box filled with Koie's unbaked tea bowls which were wrapped with news papers. The papers indicated they were published in1990.
Mr. Sasayama reminded that he built his new NOBORI-GAMA( long wood-firing ) kiln in 1990. The kiln is so big and it seemed difficult to fill it only with his own work. So he had asked Mr. Koie to bring some of unbaked works to fill the empty space of the kiln.

Mr. Koie was 52 years old. Robust and powerful. He brought huge amount of his new work in a pickup. Eventually some of Koie's work were not cettled in the kiln and left unbaked. The Pieces were packed in a box and put in Sasayama's repository. Sasayama intended to burn those pieces on the coming firing of his kiln but the exsistance of the work in a waiting list slipped back into the obscurity.




Mr. Koie was also surprised to hear his unbaked works were at Shigarai. The pieces are supposed to brought back to Mr. Koie but he is not in a good condition to fire them at the moment. So we decited to bake them in a wood-firing kiln at Shigaraki. We asked Mr. Tomohisa Obana(b.1983-) who usually helped Sasayama to burn a kiln.
Tomohisa Obana concentrated to burn sufficiently but not too much. He observed at the fire and the burning bowls. He raised the temperature and kept burning. He said, " when the clay was burnt sufficiently the piece begins to shine the length and breadth of the piece. But the autograph on the bowl were shadowy and would not disappear. The signature was carved so deeply and strongly. Tomohisa Obana baked them in a reduction condition because he would like to get a bright orange color with a bit of luster which often emerges on NANBAN(Southern Area's wood-fired potteries). With oxidizing flame it is easier to get orange color but the touch of its surface becomes rough and dried. To get orange color in reduction condition the temperature should be kept lower than 1180 degree. But Koie's work needed to burn more. The amount of burnt red-pine tree woods were already in excess. The temperature was also going over...1190...1200...1210...It should be the limit.


Koie's tea bowls were reborn. They looked happy to get long-lasting life with solidified bodies covered with new dresses. The force of Koie of 27 years ago vividly emerged with the help of his friends.

I would like to exhibit the bowls not only as the icon memories but also as a symbol of their unchanged friendship.



RYOJI KOIE(b.1938-) Born and grew up in Tokoname. One of the most famous ceramists in Japan.
1957 Received diploma from Tokoname Prefectural High School Industrial Ceramics Department and went to work at a tile manufacturing company.
1962 Became a researcher at the Tokoname Municipal Ceramics Research Institute
1966 Began working independently
1972 The 30th Faenza International Exhibition of Ceramic Art (Italy)
1979 "Today's Japanese Ceramics" (Denver Museum of Art, USA)
1982 "Contemporary Japanese Ceramics" (Faenza & Rome, Italy)
1983 "Japanese Ceramics Today" (Smithsonian Museum, USA; Victoria & Albert Museum, UK)
1986 "Avant-garde in Japan 1910-1970" (Centre National de Georges Pompidou, France)
"Japanese Contemporary Ceramics"(Travel exhibition in USA, Poland, Greek,
Romania, Soviet, and other Eastern European countries)
1989 "Europalia '89 Japan: Ceramics of Showa“ Tradition and Avant-Garde (Mons
Museum of Art, Belgium)
1992 Became Professor at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Art
1995 "Japanese Studio Craft" (Victoria & Albert Museum, England)
1997 "Seoul Ceramic Art Biennale 1997" (Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korea)
2003 "Oribe:2003 in New York" (Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA)

Many solo and group shows at galleries and museums in Japan as well as worldwide

3rd Prize, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Exhibition (1962)
Point and Line accepted, Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition (1963-69)
Japanese Contemporary Craft Art Exhibition (1963-64)
Grand Prix, 3rd Biannual International Ceramics Exhibition, Vallauris, France (1971)
The 3rd Oribe Award (2001)
The Chunichi Cultural Award (2005)
Gold Prize, The Japan Ceramic Society Award (2008)

Public Collections:
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Idemitsu Museum, Tokyo
The Museum of Fine Art, Gifu
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Tokoname Municipal Hall, Aichi
The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi
Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Kyungsung University Museum, Busan, Korea
Museo de Art Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia









Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705A)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705B)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705C)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705D)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705E)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705F)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705G)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705H)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705I)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired tea bowl(ker1705J)
Wooden box

JPY180,000(Tax not included)

 大鉢 Plate

wood-fired big plate

Wooden box

JPY60,000(Tax not included)

Wood-fired big plate with a stand

Wooden box

JPY100,000(Tax not included)



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