Recent Sotheby’s Ceramics Auctions bring out the Late Brooke Astor’s Yakimono Pieces

One of the most impressive recent auctions of Japanese ceramic yakimono art occurred in September 2012. The New York branch of Sotheby’s hosted a huge auction catalog that sold much of Brooke Astor’s estate. The socialite was quite an art collector, and she’s famous for her interest in paintings of dogs.

That might make one […]

Ikebana Art Part I: The Beauty of Simple Floral Patterns

Ikebana art consists of truly beautiful formalized Japanese flower arranging, and many of these arrangements find themselves in equally lovely yakimono ceramics. While the term initially applied only to formalized flower arranging, ikebana art later encompassed all the different types of Japanese floral art. Several major schools are around in the modern era, but […]

Profound Symbolism can be Found in Cherry Blossom Trees

One of the more enduring images of Japan are the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom every spring. They’ve become so popular that news broadcasts in Japan even feature maps that show when the blooming season will occur. These maps depict blooming blossoms as though they were a moving weather front. While they might wreak […]

Tamba Yaki Pieces are some of the Oldest and Fines Works of Ceramic Art in Japan

The term Tamba Yaki refers to ceramics made in the village of Tachikui, Hyogo. This area has been involved in the ceramics trade for over eight centuries. There are few places in Japan that have such a consistent art tradition. Tamba Yaki is one of the six ancient Japanese pottery styles, and is certainly […]

Seikado Collection Shows Off Classic Yohen and Yuteki Ceramics

Those who take a personal interest in yakimono pieces used for tea ceremonies should head on down to the Seikado Bunko Art Museum before March 24, 2013. The Yohen and Yuteki Sado Tea Ceremony Masterpieces collection is one of the most important exhibitions of tea ceremony vessels visible to members of the general public […]

MOA Museum of Art Sparks Interest in the Six Old Kilns

Since it turned 30, the MOA Museum of Art decided to celebrate with an exhibition of traditional Japanese pottery late last year. The event ran until December 24, and attracted countless patrons who wanted to see real artifacts from the six oldest pottery centers in the country. Ceramics have long been celebrated in Echizen, […]