There is an unmistakable elegance and beauty to well done celadon. The wide variety of colors, crackle patterns, kannyu style and depth makes celadon of infinite interest and perpetually conversant with the viewer. There are a number of potters who come to mind when I think about modern Japanese celadon, but few shine as brightly as the versatile and varied, Uraguchi Masayuki (b.1964). Uraguchi is practically a household name when it comes to a plethora of celadon styles, he was fortunate to be the singular student of the late Ningen Kokuho, Miura Koheiji and his works are part Miura, part Okabe Mineo and yet entirely his own thing. His creations of both classic traditionalism and architectonic sculptural vessels has paved his way to a brilliant future and even the potential for one day rising to the heights of his master, Ningen Kokuho.
On Friday, I had a package arrive with two wonderful Uraguchi Masayuki pots, one a classic beishokuji influenced chawan and the other an illustrated rinka style serving bowl, both are exhibition pieces. They were sent here so that I could sell them for their current owner who is continuing to down-size and fine tune his collection but due to a slight family emergency, I have been a bit slow in getting them put up on my Trocadero marketplace. I will add additional description to the two offerings in the coming days.