Suzanne Lovell Inc

Fine Art

Japanese Ceramics

Certainly one of my passions is the world of ceramics as vessels add a marvelous three dimensional expression inside any interior.  Over the years, I have learned from many talented dealers of ceramics, one of whom specializes in Japanese ceramics.

Joan B Mirviss LTD is located in Manhattan and exhibits in many of the decorative arts shows.  It is here, where over the years I have collected many ceramic vessels by Japanese National Treasures.  This is a status awarded to only the few makers whom have over the years represented a quality of traditional mastery in the world of Japanese ceramics.

Kato Yusukage (Japanese, b. 1964), Large twisting vessel with wide vertical bands and torn mouth, 2009. Stoneware with oribe copper glaze. 18 1/2″ H X 12″ W. Shown in situ. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

Green – incredibly rare glaze that is only known by a family of many generations. This rare glaze dates back to the Momoyama era (1573-1615). Yasukage was the 14th in his familial line of Mino ceramists and was arguably the most gifted.

A trusted and wise source Joan B. Mirviss has introduced Yasukage’s work to collectors and prominent museums. Several of Yasukage’s works are now in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Philadelphia Museum of Art to name a few.

Koike Shoko (Japanese, b. 1943), Large white flower-shaped vessel with five large petals and a handled starfish-shaped cover, 2009. Stoneware with white glaze and glass glaze in interior cavity. 22″ H X 23 5/8″ W. Shown in situ. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

Flower with hard rough shell protecting soft petals with a glaze pool inside that vessel that looks like water.

Fujino Sachiko (Japanese, b. 1950), Flower-inspired white and gray matte glazed sculpture with curling attached petals tinted in yellow, 2017. Stoneware with white and gray matte glazes. 14.5″ H X 15″ W X 14.5″ D. Image courtesy of Joan B. Mirviss LTD.

Orchid like vessel with the strength of texture reminiscent of the strong blossoms of orchids.  This one in particular I thought looked like a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.

Futamura Yoshimi (Japanese, b. 1959 ), Black Hole, 2015, Stoneware and porcelain slip, 15 1/2″ H x 13″ W x 14 1/2″ D. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

Timber like vessel able to be oriented on several sides….

Kaneta Masano (Japanese, b. 1953), Scooped Out Vessel, 2014. Hagi stoneware. 12 3/4″ H X 9″ W X 9 1/2″ D.
Shown in situ beneath Chris Levine (Canadian, b. 1960), Lightness in Being, 2008. Giclée print. 19″ H X 15 1/2″ W. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

Rock vessel of strength companioned and in Dialogue with the Queen by Chris Levin.

Ever an admirer and collector of her beautiful ceramics, I am thrilled to participate in Joan Mirviss’s upcoming book!