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TITLE: Old Kutani & Yoshidaya Style
The Romance of Old Kutani and the Brilliance of the Yoshidaya Style

$57.00
  • Published by Asahi Shimbun, 2005
  • 227 X 297mm
  • Soft cover
  • 224 pages, 203 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese (some English)
  • Old Kutani ware was produced during the early Edo period (17th century), yet disappeared after only several decades of existence. Yoshidaya, a wealthy merchant, restored the Kutani kiln in 1824. After producing many vessel styles, this kiln was also abandoned after only seven years. Because of a limited number of existing works, the Yoshidaya style is extremely valuable. This book carries about 170 works, along with various descriptions.

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TITLE: Raku Kichizaemon XV, 1999 Autumn - 2005 Spring
$48.00
  • Published by Musee Tomo, 2005
  • 222 X 272mm
  • Soft cover
  • 110 pages, 36 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese (some English)
  • The Raku family has continued to make Raku style pottery for over 400 years. The current head of the family, Raku Kichizaemon XV, creates Raku works highly sculptural in form, along with glazing techniques that resemble abstract painting. Carries 36 works of Black Raku tea bowls made from 1999 autumn to 2005 spring. Catalogue published by Kikuchi Tomo Museum in 110 color pages. In Japanese only.

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TITLE: Making Pottery Without the Wheel
$43.00
  • Published by Abe Shuppan, 2005
  • 183 X 258mm
  • Soft cover
  • 130 pages, 107 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Hiromi Itabashi, a potter, presents new methods in making pottery without the use of a pottery wheel. Some of his ideas include changing the balance of water in clay, casting with a balloon, Raku firing with uwa-e (over glaze), ginsai (silver glaze), silkscreen or Grog (chamotte) free forms and techniques that are not predicated on tradition.

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TITLE: Tsukuru Tojiro Vol. 33
$35.00
  • Published by Futabasha, 2005
  • 210 X 287mm
  • Paperback
  • 136 pages, 85 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • This volume features articles on how to make Kiseto, Shino and Oribe for amateur potters who want to recreate Momoyama pottery, using test pieces with an electric kiln and common materials easily available on the market.

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TITLE: Shifuku - Pouch for Holding the Life of Things
$38.00
  • Author Junko Yanagi
  • Published by Bunkashuppankyoku, 2002
  • 192 X 245mm
  • Soft cover
  • 108 pages, 86 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Shifuku is a style of cloth pouch developed in Japan. One form of shifuku can be used for hundreds of different vessel styles. Shifuku are often found holding chaire (tea caddies), chawan (tea bowl), jubako (stacked boxes), as well as wine glasses and books. This book also explores ways to make one's own shifuku and presents a series of pictures showing how.

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TITLE: World of Tea Utensils Vol. 3 - The Japanese Tea Bowl
$35.00
  • Published by Tankosha, 2000
  • 150 X 210mm
  • Soft cover
  • 160 pages, 123 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • A true lover of the tea ceremony must have knowledge of tea utensils. This book contains Japanese tea bowls of different styles, such as Shino, Setoguro, Oribe, Kiseto, Karatsu and Iroe. Carries photographs of various kodai (the foot-ring of a tea bowl) and mikomi (the inner well of a tea bowl) through different angles. Third volume in a series of 15 books and one that captures the charm of tea ceremony utensils. In Japanese only.

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TITLE: Directory of Ceramics Vol. 3 - Raku & Kyoyaki
$95.00
  • Published by Kodansha, 1999
  • 235 X 307mm
  • Hard cover
  • 152 pages, 129 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • During the Azuchi Momoyama era of the late 16th century, the tea ceremony culture gave birth to pottery as an industry in Kyoto. The pottery that developed was a direct embodiment of the tastes of great tea masters, and the pottery strongly represented such aesthetic sensibilities as quality over quantity. This book carries approximately 250 famous works by key Raku potters, including Chojiro, Ninsei, Kenzan, and Koetsu, who pursued Japanese beauty such as �gwabi-sabi�h and �gmiyabi�h (graceful elegance). In Japanese only. 3rd volume in series of six.

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