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47 Titles as of Feb. 22, 2006

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TITLE: Captivation of Bizen Ware:
Non-Glazed Stoneware

$43.00
  • Published by Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, 2004
  • 225 X 290 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 144 pages, 134 photos (Color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese (English is partial)
  • Bizen ware has a long history and this wonderful exhibition from the Ibaraki Prefecture Ceramic Museum examines that in this catalog. Starting with works from the Kamakura period all the way to the present, 134 pieces are pictured in color photos. This bi-lingual (Japanese-English) catalog includes the essay "The History of Bizen Ware and Its Significance in Today's Context" by museum curator Todate Kazuko, introductory paragraphs for each of three sections, and photo captions. Potter bios, timeline, glossary, and list of works in Japanese only. All four Living National Treasures are included as well as Harada Shuroku, Mori Togaku, Isezaki Jun and Mitsuru and Kakurezaki Ryuichi amongst others in the contemporary group of ten.

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TITLE: Classic Japanese Porcelain - Imari and Kakiemon
$60.00
  • Author Takeshi Nagatake
  • Published by Kodansha International, 2003
  • 198 X 267 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 96 pages, 95 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language English only
  • Originally published separately in 1981 and 1982, this is the combined version of the two Kodansha publications. It highlights the histories of both world-renowned porcelain styles along with 95 color plates of masterpieces. Detailed plate notes in back.

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Classic-Stoneware-Japan-NV.jpg TITLE: Classic Stoneware of Japan - Shino and Oribe
$55.00
  • Author Ryoji Kuroda / Takeshi Murayam
  • Published by Kodansha International, 2002
  • 197 X 266 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 112 pages, 50 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language English
  • A re-issue of the classic 'FAMOUS CERAMICS OF JAPAN' first published by Kodansha International in the mid 1980s. In this smaller hardcover both the Shino and Oribe books have been combined into this one volume. The book covers the histories of these two famous styles along with explanations of the different styles found within each. It features dozens of color photos along with useful plate notes in the back. Also to be found in the back are two maps showing Shino and Oribe kiln sites.

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3B.jpg TITLE: Great Shigaraki Exhibition 2001
$55.00
  • Published by Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
  • 214 X 280 (mm)
  • Soft Cover
  • 208 pages, 126 photos
  • Language (both Japanese and English)
  • An excellent catalog from "The Great Shigaraki Exhibition" at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. Subtitled "Rediscovery and Revival of the Beauty of Yakishime Stoneware," the exhibition covers the whole history of Shigaraki. All 138 pieces are shown in color photos with English captions. The exhibition is divided into five sections: (1) Medieval Kilns and the Birth of Shigaraki Ware, (2) Latter Half of the Muromachi Period-Early Edo Period (1603-1868): From Utensil Wares to Artistic Tea Ceremony wares, (3) Edo Period-Meiji/Taisho Periods (1868-1926), (4) Modern Times - Revival of Old Shigaraki Ware, and (5) Contemporary Artists in Shigaraki. All essays are in Japanese and English and include "Rediscovery and Revival of the Beauty of Yakishime Stoneware" by museum curator Otsuki Noriko; "Shigaraki Project" by museum curator Miura Hiroko; "Memorandum - Firing with Guest Artists" by Matsumoto Yoshisaburo; and "A Short History of Wood-firing in America" by Louise Cort.

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TITLE: Hiradoyaki Saikumono
$135.00
  • Author Toshio Noda
  • Published by Sojusha Bijutsu Shuppan, 1997
  • 190 x 265 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 224 pages, 307 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Saikumono are ornamental figures and this book looks at the saikumono tradition of Hirado porcelain. Focusing on netsuke, this deluxe book has 307 works, all in color photographs. In addition to netsuke (119 pieces), there are also paperweights, water droppers, animal figures, kogo, vases, ewers, and lidded and serving vessels. A few of the photos have English captions but the majority do not. Includes comments on all works, history of Hirado-yaki, old kiln-site names and map, and bibliography.

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TITLE: Igezara - Printed China
$65.00
  • Author Alistair Seton
  • Published by Kogeishuppan, 1993
  • 188 x 263 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 238 pages, 692 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese and English
  • "Igezara" are ceramic plates originating in the Arita region of Japan, with printed decorations of green "rinka" wavy flower patterns and brownish colorations. Featuring 66 works in color photos, along with 626 works in black and white, the works have both English and Japanese summaries. At the end of the book are English sections featuring "List of Back Patterns" and a "Kiln Mark List."

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TITLE: Jomondoki no Zokei
The Birth of Ancient Art/Jomon Earthenware Forms

$52.00
  • Published by Koriyama City Museum of Art, 2004
  • 220 X 295 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 120 pages, 112 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • From a 2004 exhibition at the Koriyama City Museum of Art, Fukushima Prefecture, focusing on the otherworldly forms of Jomon earthenware, this catalog features 112 color examples of ornately designed large jars and figures. Most date to the mid-Jomon period or about 5,500 years ago and were excavated in and around Koriyama City.

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TITLE: Journey Through the Kilns of Saga: Karatsu, Takeo, Ureshino, Yamanouchi
$42.00
  • Published by Saga Shimbunsha, 2002
  • 183 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 280 pages, 259 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Features 120 kilns and potters, with photography of work (1-2 works), artist photo and maps, along with a brief career profile, every two pages. Convenient guidebook for visiting kilns in the Saga region. This book is one of two volumes specifically outlining the pottery around the Karatsu area. In Japanese only.

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