Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd Fine art gallery presenting Modern & Contemporary Japanese ceramic art in NYC.
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Hiruma Kazuyo’s often large-scale ceramic geologies speak to an embrace and celebration of landscape as a creative sourc...
06/21/2024

Hiruma Kazuyo’s often large-scale ceramic geologies speak to an embrace and celebration of landscape as a creative source, as seen also in the work of other prominent women ceramists such as Ogawa Machiko and Koike Shōko.

A collection of Hiruma’s new works are available online now at www.daiichiarts.com

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Ceramic artist Hiruma Kazuyo has uniquely put her ceramics to work in the Japanese movie industry in support of educatio...
06/20/2024

Ceramic artist Hiruma Kazuyo has uniquely put her ceramics to work in the Japanese movie industry in support of education in her native city of Sakai (part of greater Osaka): Scriptwriter Imai Masako, also from Sakai, asked Hiruma to make tea bowls to “star” in the comedy trilogy “Usoyao (We Make Antiques)”. About this she has said:

“It’s hard work making a movie, especially as I had to turn out several similar-looking copies of each piece for the different scenes, but it’s good that my bowls will survive in cinematic form!”

We warmly welcome you to view her work, on view online and in person at Dai Ichi Arts now until June 28th!

Pictured is a Black Raku tea bowl by Hiruma. Contact us via email/DM for more information.

Rei spiral 🌀 We were intrigued especially by Matsutani Fumio’s title of this piece, Rei (Black) — which is not the usual...
06/18/2024

Rei spiral 🌀 We were intrigued especially by Matsutani Fumio’s title of this piece, Rei (Black) — which is not the usual word for “black” in Japanese — and asked the artist about this choice:

“To my eyes, my black is not completely black, but rather a “black that has not yet become black” thanks to the different materials I use to make it, so I felt it would be a bit awkward simply to use the character Kuro 黒 (the more usual word for black).”

Colors play a critical role in Matsutani’s ceramic language, and many of his recent pieces are titled with just a single character: Sō 蒼 (Blue), Ō 黄 (Yellow), or Rei 黎 (Black). We warmly welcome you to view his work, on view online and in person at Dai Ichi Arts now until June 28th!

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Hiruma’s often large-scale ceramic geologies speak to a celebration of landscape as a creative source, as seen also in t...
06/17/2024

Hiruma’s often large-scale ceramic geologies speak to a celebration of landscape as a creative source, as seen also in the work of other prominent women ceramists such as Ogawa Machiko and Koike Shōko.

More unusually, perhaps uniquely, she’s also put her ceramics to work in the Japanese movie industry in support of education in her native city of Sakai (part of greater Osaka): Scriptwriter Imai Masako, also from Sakai, asked Hiruma to make tea bowls to “star” in the comedy trilogy “Usoyao (We Make Antiques)”. About this she has said:

“It’s hard work making a movie, especially as I had to turn out several similar-looking copies of each piece for the different scenes, but it’s good that my bowls will survive in cinematic form!”

We warmly welcome you to view her work, on view online and in person at Dai Ichi Arts now until June 28th!

Contact us via email/DM for more information.

“Dark brown earth, dry sand and wind on my cheeks, row upon row of surf-like forms that seemed to have been pulled from ...
06/16/2024

“Dark brown earth, dry sand and wind on my cheeks, row upon row of surf-like forms that seemed to have been pulled from Earth’s core, concealing the processes by which living creatures had come down to the present: a testament to life transported from beyond a now-invisible ocean, a uniformly skin-toned landscape that makes us doubt our importance as denizens of this world. After offering up a prayer to the gods that our ancestors once worshiped on this very spot, I took my leave.”

Ceramic artist Hiruma Kazuyo recalls a life-changing, quasi-mystical experience during a two-week visit to Arizona in the late 1980s, a place she had previously seen only in photographs. This revelatory encounter profoundly influenced her ceramic practice, and resulted in her signature style.

This work is from a new series titled “Windswept passages”

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OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person.Come and exp...
06/13/2024

OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person.

Come and explore the incredible surfaces of artworks by two extraordinary ceramic artists.

Pictured is a new ceramic sculpture: a new iteration of Matsutani Fumio’s “Sō (Blue)” series.

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OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person!Come and exp...
06/13/2024

OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person!

Come and explore the incredible surfaces of artworks by two extraordinary ceramic artists.

Pictured is an innovative sake pouring vessel (Katakuchi) by Matsutani Fumio titled “Sō (Blue)”

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OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person!Come and exp...
06/13/2024

OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person!

Come and explore the incredible surfaces of artworks by two extraordinary ceramic artists.

Pictured is a work by Matsutani Fumio titled “Sō (Blue)”

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OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person! 🎉Come and e...
06/13/2024

OPEN NOW | Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio is open now online and in person! 🎉

Come and explore the meticulous textures of artworks by two extraordinary ceramic artists.

Pictured is a work by Hiruma Kazuyo titled “Memories of the Earth”. Contact us for more price & availability via email/DM.

Ceramic artist Hiruma Kazuyo’s signature style is the outcome of a life-changing, quasi-mystical experience during a two...
06/11/2024

Ceramic artist Hiruma Kazuyo’s signature style is the outcome of a life-changing, quasi-mystical experience during a two-week visit in the late 1980s to Arizona, a place she’d previously seen only in photographs. In a recent interview with author and curator Joe Earle, Hiruma described:

“Dark brown earth, dry sand and wind on my cheeks, row upon row of surf-like forms that seemed to have been pulled from Earth’s core, concealing the processes by which living creatures had come down to the present: a testament to life transported from beyond a now-invisible ocean, a uniformly skin-toned landscape that makes us doubt our importance as denizens of this world.”

We’re delighted to present a series of her new works in New York in our upcoming 2 person exhibition “Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio”, which will open on June 13th!

Hiruma Kazuyo’s ceramic practice has an intricate process through which the material is bent to her will. She makes her ...
06/10/2024

Hiruma Kazuyo’s ceramic practice has an intricate process through which the material is bent to her will. She makes her own mixtures, using different colors for different effects from skin tones to dry grays and conveys a sense of the passage of geological time by applying multiple, thin layers of heat-resistant clay that present a wavelike appearance when they’re eventually glazed and fired, several times.

We’re delighted to present a series of her new works in New York in our upcoming 2 person exhibition “Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio”, which will open on June 13th!

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Striations on Matsutani Fumio’s monochromatic, hand-built vessels create an exceptionally tactile surface. His vessels m...
06/10/2024

Striations on Matsutani Fumio’s monochromatic, hand-built vessels create an exceptionally tactile surface. His vessels merge movement, color, and surface, reflecting a disciplined mastery of traditional techniques and innovative forms. His works are characterized by architectural elegance and a refined, single toned palette. 

We’re delighted to present his works in New York in our upcoming 2 person exhibition “Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio”, which will open on June 13th!

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Exhibition previews available now | We are delighted to present our upcoming two-person exhibition showing ceramic works...
06/07/2024

Exhibition previews available now | We are delighted to present our upcoming two-person exhibition showing ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio.

Contact us via email/DM to view digital previews, or come and visit our gallery to see the works ahead of the opening next Thursday, June 13th.

Stay tuned for more. 🛸💫💙

“I use colors as titles, without adding any descriptive words, because all that really matters is the feeling of the wor...
06/06/2024

“I use colors as titles, without adding any descriptive words, because all that really matters is the feeling of the works and I want them to speak for themselves. To put it another way, the technique is complex, but the expression is simple.” - Matsutani Fumio

Colors play a critical role in Matsutani’s ceramic language, and many of his recent pieces are titled with just a single character: Sō 蒼 (Blue), Ō 黄 (Yellow), or Rei 黎 (Black).

We’re delighted to a series of Matsutani’s new monochromatic works in New York in our upcoming 2 person exhibition “Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio”, which will open on June 13th!

Pictured is a piece titled Rei 黎 (Black).

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“Dark brown earth, dry sand and wind on my cheeks, row upon row of surf-like forms that seemed to have been pulled from ...
06/05/2024

“Dark brown earth, dry sand and wind on my cheeks, row upon row of surf-like forms that seemed to have been pulled from Earth’s core, concealing the processes by which living creatures had come down to the present...”

In a recent conversation, Hiruma Kazuyo recalled a life-changing, quasi-mystical experience during a two-week visit to Arizona in the late 1980s, a place she had previously seen only in photographs. This revelatory encounter profoundly influenced her ceramic practice.

Following this experience, she began working on “Kioku suru Daichi” (The Earth Remembers), “Suibun ni Kansuru Kioku” (Memories of Moisture), and other series that have since defined her career.

This work is from a series titled “Memories of the Earth”.

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“Mankind has always created buildings that seem to defy gravity. Although ceramics and architecture aren’t the same, I f...
06/04/2024

“Mankind has always created buildings that seem to defy gravity. Although ceramics and architecture aren’t the same, I feel the same way about my sculptures.”

So says Matsutani Fumio about his ceramic sculptures, which embraces challenging and quasi-architectural forms.

Born in 1975, Matsutani creates sculptures and vessels with a complex, mostly hand-built process that merges movement, color, and surface, reflecting his mastery of traditional techniques and innovative forms. His works are characterized by architectural elegance and a refined, monochromatic palette.

See his work in our forthcoming exhibition “Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio” / contact us for more information via email/DM.

Forthcoming exhibition / Dai Ichi Arts is delighted to present a two-person exhibition showing ceramic works by Hiruma K...
06/03/2024

Forthcoming exhibition / Dai Ichi Arts is delighted to present a two-person exhibition showing ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio.

Hiruma, born in 1948, crafts evocative sculptures inspired by nature’s grandeur. Using thin clay sheets and multiple glazes, she captures the essence of landscapes, erosion, and natural forces.

Matsutani, born in 1975, creates vessels that merge movement, color, and surface, reflecting his mastery of traditional techniques and innovative forms. His works are characterized by architectural elegance and a refined, monochromatic palette. 

Together, their works produces a dynamic dialogue of contemporary craft.

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Forthcoming exhibition | Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio Hiruma Kazuyo, born in 1948, cr...
05/31/2024

Forthcoming exhibition | Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio

Hiruma Kazuyo, born in 1948, crafts evocative sculptures inspired by nature’s grandeur. Using thin clay sheets and multiple glazes, she captures the essence of landscapes, erosion, and natural forces.

Pictured is a detailed shot of a work from Hiruma’s series titled “The Miraculous”. 💫

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We are delighted to announce our forthcoming two-person exhibition showcasing the intricate ceramic works of Hiruma Kazu...
05/31/2024

We are delighted to announce our forthcoming two-person exhibition showcasing the intricate ceramic works of Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio. 

Hiruma Kazuyo, born in 1948, crafts evocative sculptures inspired by nature’s grandeur. Using thin clay sheets and multiple glazes, she captures the essence of landscapes, erosion, and natural forces.

Pictured is a ceramic water jar by Hiruma, with a lid comprised of glass and gold foil.

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Coming soon. Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio | June 13-28 🪐Contact us for more informati...
05/30/2024

Coming soon. Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio | June 13-28 🪐

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Coming soon. Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio | June 13-28 🪐Contact us for more informati...
05/30/2024

Coming soon. Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio | June 13-28 🪐

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Matsutani Fumio studio image courtesy of Nippon Kogei Association.

Coming soon | Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani FumioDelicious textural details 🔍Contact us for ...
05/29/2024

Coming soon | Earthly Forms: Ceramic works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio

Delicious textural details 🔍

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We hope everyone had a restful long weekend! Today we are pleased to present this fascinating celadon-glazed porcelain v...
05/28/2024

We hope everyone had a restful long weekend! Today we are pleased to present this fascinating celadon-glazed porcelain vase by Sakaegi Masatoshi (1944-2019) 💧

This vase is the 5th piece in Sakaegi’s series titled “Surface Tension.” In nature and physics, Surface tension is a property that causes the surface of a liquid at rest to contract to the smallest possible area, allowing dense yet light objects like paper or pond skaters to float on the liquid’s surface without sinking.

Sakaegi was fascinated by this phenomenon and sought to convey it through the celadon glaze. The glaze drips thickly over the top of the vase, blanketing the mouth and neck, and appears to hang on the edge of its triangular body, intriguing the viewer with its suspended tension.

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Kondo Yuzo | Sometsuke Flower Jar with a Mountain Scene 🗻This jar boasts a grand, scrolling mountain-scape across its we...
05/23/2024

Kondo Yuzo | Sometsuke Flower Jar with a Mountain Scene 🗻

This jar boasts a grand, scrolling mountain-scape across its well-formed shoulders. The high-shouldered design is a classic element of Kondo Yuzo’s repertoire, and this piece is enhanced by an incredibly expressive natural scene. On the other side of this jar, the mountains make way, revealing a glacial lake…

Kondo Yuzo was one of the most celebrated artists of his time. With a dynamic and expressive brush, he sought to find new expression within the tradition of Sometsuke. He was designated a Living National Treasure in 1977.

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We’re busy re-installing the gallery for our upcoming exhibition program in June! Stay tuned for our announcements. 🔜In ...
05/22/2024

We’re busy re-installing the gallery for our upcoming exhibition program in June! Stay tuned for our announcements. 🔜

In the meantime, please enjoy this shelf of sculptural ceramics by Hayashi Yasuo, showing his “Memories of a house” series… 💭

Kiyomizu Rokubei VII | SEKITOYO 9 (Incense Burner), 1989Crafted by the celebrated artist Kiyomizu Rokubei VII (1922-2006...
05/21/2024

Kiyomizu Rokubei VII | SEKITOYO 9 (Incense Burner), 1989

Crafted by the celebrated artist Kiyomizu Rokubei VII (1922-2006), this incense burner offers much to see in slow looking:

It is made from clay fired to a rich red hue, finished with a subtle ash glaze. Golden streams drip over its surface, accentuating the clay ribboning that creates openings on its top, anticipating incense smoke rising from its belly. The gourd-shaped form is unique and comprises two detachable parts, with its interior glazed golden. At its base, three feet offers a sense of anthropomorphism that brings the entire vessel to life. What captures your attention in this complex work?

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Inoue Manji | White porcelain faceted peony jarInoue Manji is a celebrated contemporary Japanese ceramic artist working ...
05/20/2024

Inoue Manji | White porcelain faceted peony jar

Inoue Manji is a celebrated contemporary Japanese ceramic artist working in the Arita tradition of porcelain ceramics. Inoue was designated a Living National Treasure in 1995 for his work in white porcelain (hakuji). His work is famous for it’s perfect emphasis on form.

When decorated, as in this elegant, impressively executed jar, his ceramics displays subtle underglaze engraving that quietly plays with forms through simple fluting. 

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Furutani Michio | Shigaraki Water JarThe Shigaraki master Furutani Michio (1946-2000) was the modern progenitor of Shiga...
05/15/2024

Furutani Michio | Shigaraki Water Jar

The Shigaraki master Furutani Michio (1946-2000) was the modern progenitor of Shigaraki classics during his life. The art of Shigaraki, which consists of over a hundred years of tradition, is beloved for its fortuitous surface treatments by way of sensitive ash glazes.

A coat of ash and minerals has been thrown onto the surface of this mizusashi, highlighting the vibrant quality of the clay itself: glimmers of bright orange color of the clay that was brought forth by the kiln fires peeks out from under a thin layer of subtle light warm ash. 🔥

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Harada Shuroku | Bizen water vesselHarada’s vessel presents an unglazed exterior that beautifully exposes the natural ch...
05/14/2024

Harada Shuroku | Bizen water vessel

Harada’s vessel presents an unglazed exterior that beautifully exposes the natural character of Bizen clay. Shimmering mineral specks created by impurities in the clay dots its surface.

Accompanied with a wooden lid, this vessel’s exquisite surface and elegant shape reflects Harada’s mastery of Bizenyaki pottery with a captivating subtlety.

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18 East 64th Street, Suite 1F
New York, NY
10065

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Wednesday 11am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 5pm

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