Thursday, December 26, 2013

NIPPON PORCELAIN 1891-1921

After the passage of the McKinley Tariff Act of 1890 countries were required to mark the name of the country of origin written in English on products imported to the United States. "Nippon" was how the Japanese referred to their country, so this was printed on their goods. In 1921 The United States required "Japan" to me used for marking imports. This helps somewhat in dating pieces, although keep in mind that "Japan" and "Made in Japan" were used again after World War II. 

There are generally two categories of Nippon wares, early Nippon and late Nippon. Early Nippon was generally made by groups or families. Gradually manufacturing changed to mass production. Early Nippon wares are more individual in nature, whereas the later wares are more uniform. 


                                             




This type of Japanese ceramics was definitely made for export. The Japanese much prefer pottery and simple designed porcelain over the ornate. I must say that I agree! There is a warmth in pottery and a cool sophistication to simple designs.  Since there still seems to be a market for Nippon, I include it here. That being said now and again I find a piece that I like.

HAND PAINTED NIPPON-RISING SUN MARK

                         
                                                        Antique Nippon Hair Receiver

 To be honest I did not know what a hair receiver was initially. With the help of Wikipedia I learned that women had them at their dressing tables to keep the hair removed from their brushes after brushing. The fallen hair was used to stuff pin cushions, small pillows and to make "rats" for adding volume in Victorian hair styles. How resourceful. 

      Celery dish. Hand Painted Rising Sun mark

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            This is the Nippon crown/star mark.

                           
            Toothpick holder. This is the Nippon Morimura (Noritake) wreath Mark pre-1918.





       Nippon RC, meaning Royal Crockery





IMPERIAL NIPPON HAND PAINTED




Jonroth Studios NIPPON

Founded 1909




                  *This is one I really like





Thursday, December 12, 2013

Going Gaga Over Guinomi

Many people find that one way to enjoy various styles, types and ages of Japanese pottery is to collect guinomi or sake cups. They display well and they are usually reasonably priced, unless made by a famous artist or a "National Treasure". They don't take up a lot of room in a suitcase or as a display.


LINKS:
http://www.guinomiya.com
http://www.orange-ti.com/guinomitophp.htm





                                                        


 Top left Takatori-yaki, top right Koda-yaki, low left Shigaraki-yaki, low right Shigaraki-yaki

top left Kutani-yaki, top right Kutani-yaki, low left Tenryo-gama, low right military cups






          Asian Zodiak a cup for each year (8 shown here)      

                            




Soma Yaki



Koransha 


KUTANI KYOKUZAN stemmed cup, bajohai


Whistling sake flasks and cups, mid to late 20th century 













Sunday, November 24, 2013

For the Love of Mingei


Mingei or folk pottery is sprinkled throughout the country side all over Japan. Mashiko, made famous by the likes of Yanagi Soetsu, Hamada Shoji and Kawai Kanjiro, is probably the most well known outside of Japan. There are so many other beautiful folk potteries that can be appreciated by daily use. The heart of Mingei lies in simple, everyday pottery, made by local craftsmen. There may not be a mark on the pottery because, at least in the past, in "Mingei" it was felt that the work should be enough to identify the craftsman. Using the generic mark is also used to show solidarity as a group of folk artists of a particular style. The storage boxes should have the name and mark if not on the individual piece. Check out my book review page. I list several good books on Mingei or the Folk Pottery Movement.

1931 Soetsu Yanagi quote, catalog of Hamada exhibition:
" .... beauty can never be attained by sophistications of technique, for beauty is a thing of soundness and truth."


Koishiwara Yaki, Fukuoka Prefecture




Mashiko Yaki Tea bowl by Hasegawa




      Sake flask from Okinawa 



    Shodai yaki of Kumamoto Prefecture by Inoue Taishu



Tenryo Gama of Oita Prefecture. Known for its reddish and purple glazes.


Koda Pottery, the lesser known of the Kumamoto kilns. This kind of pottery was really my introduction to Japanese pottery so it remains one of my fondest. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

FUKUMITSU YAKI (福光焼き)-Ceramics of Toyama Prefecture

 Fukumitsu pottery is made in the Fukumitsu district of Nanto City. It is a hand moulded pottery. I only know of one kiln, Fukumitsu Toen. Though Toyama is not known for its pottery keep in mind that this area is not too far from Ishikawa Prefecture, home of Kutani and Ohi ceramics.


Information about this pottery was almost impossible to find as it is not a major pottery style. I saw a set of this kind of sake cups on ebay mislabeled by a Japanese seller as Fukuko, same mark but incorrect reading. It wasn't until I searched and searched on a map of Toyama that I came across the mistake. The kanji 光 can be read as Hikari, Ko and Mitsu, among others.  Once I found the correct reading and location I finally found the kiln. Now I finally know where these cute little cups come from!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

DAI NIPPON (大日本)- Great Japan

 
KITAGAWA-ZO, made by Kitagawa (北川造)
 



From what I can get from both Japanese and English sites there was a famous Kitagawa who made and/or painted export wares that went out of Yokohama during the Meiji Era. Some are marked Dai Nippon (大日本) Kitagawa-zo (北川造) like the mark above (probably from the 1890's through the early 1900's). There are also other Kitagawa marks such as Kitagawa-Sei and  Kitagawa Kisaku-Sei. Worthpoint attributes Kitagawa zo markings to Kitagawa Kisaku. The gbouvier Kutani site has Kitagawa under Kutani. From what I have read of the history of this time, potters and painters from Kutani were sent to the Yokohama factories to crank out wares for export so the Kutani Kitagawa may very well be the Yokohama Kitagawa. There are some examples of Kitagawa works with Kobe written. Is it possible that Kitagawa goods were also made to be exported out of Kobe as well?  The workmanship of all the Kitagawa marks and painting style look very similar. At any rate, Kitagawa made pottery seems to have been made from the 1890's through at least the early 1900's.

                                    Dai Nippon Houzan Sei 

Unknown maker

Saturday, November 9, 2013

MILITARY SAKE CUPS



These two sake cups are unusual. The cup on the left has three Japanese traditional symbols that represent "long life", crane, turtle and pine (or evergreen).  
The one on the right has crossed Japanese flags. Most cups from this era that I have seen have one Hinomaru and the other is the flag the Japanese army and navy used in WWII with the red sun in the middle with red rays.  This one has both Hinomaru flags. 



      
I just found this one at a shop in McLean that is going out of business.
The couple who runs the shop are retiring after over 20 years. 
No mark.

Monday, November 4, 2013

ICHINOSE YAKI (一の瀨焼き)-Ceramics of Fukuoka Prefecture

ICHINOSE pottery has a history of almost four hundred years. It dates back to the time when Toyotomi's forces brought Korean potters to Japan to establish pottery kilns. During the Meiji period this pottery died out but was restored in 1959. There are now six kilns in the Asada district of Ukiha town, Fukuoka Prefecture. They are Maruta gama (丸田窯), Tanaka gama (田中窯), Nagamatsu gama (永松窯), Tousyuu-en (陶秀苑 ), Unsui-gama ??(雲水窯) and Akarui-gama???(明窯).  The last two readings I am unsure of.



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zansetsu 残雪 "Lingering snow"

Zansetsu, which means lingering snow,  is beautiful glazed Mino ware. It resembles the last patches of snow on the ground as spring approaches. The rusty red, the black and white drizzles bring to life the sense that spring is indeed on its way after a cold dark winter.




Although I have not seen this exact tea bowl labeled with the potter's name, I have seen many others who label this MARK as the work of Mino Potter Kato Eichi (加藤英一).  I will update if more information becomes available.

*Eichi Kato uses the potter name of Shozan (正山). Some sites record him as a Seto potter but most list him under Mino Pottery. Keep in mind that these locations are very close to each other and the styles of pottery in this general area overlap into the basic styles of Shino, Ki-Seto, Oribe and Kuro-Seto.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Books about Japanese Ceramics (in English)

I have many books on Japanese ceramics in my library in both English and Japanese. I also have books on Chinese, Korean, American and European ceramics.  The list is not in any particular order. These are how they came off the shelf when I began this list or when they were added to my library. 
  
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Here is a list of the English books from my library that make interesting and informative reading for lovers of Japanese pottery and porcelain:

1. "Japanese Ceramics of the Last 100 Years" by Irene Stitt (1974) 
Although a little outdated, it is informative. It basically covers the period from 1868 until the date of publication. It includes almost 350 photographs, most of which are just in black and white. I enjoyed the political and social background as well as details of styles, methods, and influential potters. In the back she lists some marks, I only wish she had added more!

2."Modern Japanese Ceramics- Pathways of Innovation & Tradition" by Annaliese and Wulf Crueger and Saeko Ito (2004)
This a a great book!! It covers almost every possible style of Japanese ceramics, beginning in Okinawa and making it step by step north and east. This book is filled with many details and wonderful color pictures as examples of each location covered. 

3. "Tamba Pottery-The Timless Art of a Japanese Village" by Daniel Rhodes (1970)
If you love Tanba pottery you will love this book. It invites you in to this special part of the Japanese pottery world in Tachikui. There are many pictures but most are in black and white.

4. "Agano and Takatori" by Gen Kozuru (1981)    Famous Ceramics of Japan Series #2
I enjoyed reading the history of these two styles of pottery in the context of the social and political world. There is also information on the original kilns. It has great pictures, mostly in color.

5. "Imari, Satsuma and Other Japanese Export Ceramics" by Nancy Shiffer (1997)
This book is lacking in information but has lovely pictures with descriptions. I wish she had dated more of the pieces and included more marks. She has three pages of marks in the back of the book.

6. "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Nippon Porcelain" by Joan F. Van Patten (1986)
This is a nice book with plenty of color photographs, descriptions and pages of hand drawn marks.

7. "Collection Japanese Antiques" by Alistair Seton (2004)
This is a great book for collectors of Japanese antiques. Because it covers more than just pottery there is limited detailed information. The pictures are beautiful. 

8. "Hirado: Prince of Porcelains" by Louis Lawrence (1997)
This is a lovely book. It has beautiful pictures, pages of marks and lots of history!  Although it deals with Hirado specifically, it also refers to other pottery and porcelains produced in surrounding areas.

9. "Japanese and Oriental Ceramics" (1971) by Hazel H. Gorham
This little book is a bit different than some I have read. This book dabbles in the different styles of pottery as well as some of the meanings of the various common designs painted on the pieces. Ms. Gorham throws in some interesting history and famous marks. This a great addition to my library.

10. "The Unknown Craftsman" (1978) by Soetsu Yanagi, adapted by Bernard Leach
I have just begun reading this classic book, but have already been moved by the deep appreciation Bernard Leach had for his friend Soetsu Yanagi, as well as the love both had for the simple beauty of the arts, but especially pottery, found in small villages in Japan. It is also a spiritual book as Mr Yanagi fully believed that the arts are indeed spiritual.  Very Zen!

11. "The Potter's Brush" (2001) by Richard L. Wilson. I just got this one for Christmas and have only had a chance to flip through it, but if you have ever wanted to know about the Ogata Kenzan style, this is a great book! The photographs are great and there is a lot of documentation. I am looking forward to spending time perusing this one!!

12. "The Art of Japanese Ceramics" (1972) by Tsugio Mikami. This too, was a Christmas gift this year. My children think it rather odd that old, out of print books on Japanese pottery are at the top of my wish list!  This gives some history of ceramics in general, then flows into the beginnings of Japanese ceramics. Many of the pictures are in black and white but there are a number of full page color photographs. I like the fold up map of Japanese pottery sites from Pre-Kamakura through Edo Times.  I am excited about reading more about the history and nature of Japanese ceramics. 

13."Nabeshima" by Motosuke Imaizumi (1981) Famous Ceramics of Japani Series #1
Although somewhat dated this book is interesting as it touches upon the origins of Nabeshima, emphasizing that there is still much unknown that must be researched. The color photographs are lovely with some taking up a full page. It truly is eye candy for porcelain lovers!

14. " Folk Kilns I"  by Hiroshi Mizuo (1981) Famous Ceramics of Japan #3
This book focuses on the Folk Kilns on the island of Honshu. It gives a basic history, divided by regions. Many of the types of pottery are unfamiliar to even to most Japanese. There are many good photos of the various styles. 

15. "A Dictionary of Japanese Artists" by Laurence P. Roberts (1980)
This is a great reference book for the most famous potters and other artists, with some general information on each. Most of the people covered are from the 17th century through the early to mid 20th century.

16. "The Japanese Pottery Handbook" by Simpson, Kitto and Sodeoka (1979)
Some friends surprised me with the gift of this book today. It was written by a westerner who went to Japan to teach but was so impressed with the pottery she began learning the art of Japanese pottery making. This book is meant to help other westerners who may need help with the Japanese terms, processes, shapes, forms, glazes, etc. It is written in both English and Japanese with many illustrations. This is a great addition to my library. Thank you Lisa and Julia!

17. "The Ceramic Art of Ogata Kenzan", Japanese Arts Library series, by Masahiko Kawahara (1985) translated by Richard L. Wilson
A great read. This work deals with the history of Kenzan, his life and works. The pictures, mostly black and white, show many samples of Kenzan's work. Mr. Kawahara also addresses the issue of imitations, as well as works by followers of Kenzan. 

18. "Folk Kilns II" By Kichiemon Okamura (1981) Famous Ceramics of Japan #4. This book focuses on the folk kilns of Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa. There are some great color photos and a basic history of the folk kilns of the each area. I would have liked a bit more detail on major kilns but this series of books keeps to a general touching of the styles and history. There are maps in the back with kilns cited. 

19. "Shoji Hamada-A Potter's Way and Work" by Susan Peterson  (1974) 
Susan Peterson knew Shoji Hamada for many years which gives this book a personal touch. This book covers not only The Master Potter himself but also the community around him. I just got this book so have not read it all but it has already given me a small window into his world and the world of Mashiko!
Most of the photographs are in black and white but there are a number of color photographs of him and his works. 
*I have read more of the book now and find myself quite fond of Mr. Hamada, the family man, the artist, the influence for a movement.  Love this book! Ms. Peterson brings him to life in her writing. I love how his creative process is described and feel the urge to find a piece of his work for my very own! 

20. "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Noritake" by Joan Van Patten (1984) This book covers the history of Noritake, many marks and color photographs of Noritake wares. While it is organized and informative it is impossible for anyone to cover all Noritake wares. The Noritake company does not even have complete records of all that it produced and when. This book is a good basic foundation for Noritake researchers. 

21. "Japanese Ceramics" by Hideo Tagai (1977). This little book covers the basic history of Japanese ceramics. It has many color pictures of basic styles of pottery as well as some lovely samples of some of Japan's greatest potters including Fujiwara Kei, Hamada Shoji, and Arakawa Toyozo. 

22. "Chinese, Corean And Japanese Potteries" by Japan Society of New York (reprint by Forgotton Books) I do not recommend this book in the reprinted form. I have not seen the original book so cannot comment on that. It basically is a catalogue of loan exhibition Hobson/ Morse 1914. The reprint text wise is fine but the photocopied pictures leave much to be desired. 

23. "Collector's Encyclopedia of Early Noritake" by Aimee Neff Alden 1995 
This book is helpful for identification and dates of early noritake patterns. Of course no book can contain all the patterns and marks out there, in fact none of mine are in the book. Similar or exact back stamps were in it. The book is easy to work with and gives a good basic history of Noritake. The pictures are mostly in color which helps a lot with identifying the patterns.

24. "Kutani", Japanese Arts Library Series. by Sensaku Nakagawa 1979
A helpful book on all things Kutani, including history, designs, maps, and a good glossary.

25. "Imari" Famous Ceramics of Japan #6, by Takeshi Nagatake 1982
As with the other books in this series, the history is explained and many examples of the pottery is presented. It is a good basic introduction to the beauty of Imari.

26. "Collector's Handbook of Marks & Monograms on Pottery and Porcelain" by William Chaffers (1874 reprint 1961) This book covers marks from many countries but it does have a nice Japanese mark section (pg168-189).

27. "Pottery and Porcelain" by Warren E. Cox (1944) Two Volumes 
These volumes cover marks from all over the world but includes a nice section on Japanese marks and basic history of Japanese ceramics, with charts of types, styles, potters, etc. 

28. "Treasury of Satsuma" by Sandra Andacht (1981). This is a very helpful little book for those interested in Satsuma wares. It gives a bit of history, discusses the various "schools", addresses blanks, and includes marks, motifs and more. This is worth it's place in my library.

29. "Japanese Ceramics Today-Masterworks from the Kikuchi Collection" (1983)
This book contains works by 100 modern Japanese Ceramists from the Kikuchi Collection. It has short bios on the Ceramists and some history of ceramics and Ms. Kikuchi's love for and knowledge of Japanese ceramics. It is a lovely book with beautiful photographs. The only thing that might have made it more useful to me would have been pictures of the potter's marks for identification. 

30. "Turning Point-Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan" (2004) 
       Metropolitan Museum of Art
I just got this book so cannot give a full review but from the first perusal it appears to be a wonderful book for anyone interested in Japanese cultural history of the Momoyama period and its influence on the arts. The photographs are lovely. I am looking forward to reading this lovely book more in depth.

31. "The Art of Ogata Kenzan" by Richard Wilson (1991) 
Mr. Wilson is the leading authority of the famous potter Ogata Kenzan. This is an extensive work on the art of Kenzan. It is a wonderful addition to my library, knowing I can go to it with almost any question I might have about Kenzan and his work.

32. "Collector's Guide to Made in Japan Ceramics" Book II By Carole Bess White (1996)
I like this book because Ms. White went to Japan and interviews and researched companies and pottery associations. There are many pictures of the ceramics as well as many marks.

33. "Collector's Guide to Made in Japan Ceramics" Carole Bess White (1994)
This is Carole's first book on this subject. It is impossible to have examples of everything but she does a good job of covering many styles. She wrote another book in 1996 adding to this foundation book. 

34. "Kakiemon" Famous Ceramics of Japan #5 by Takeshi Nagatake (1981)
Mr. Nagatake does a nice job giving a brief history and description of Kakiemon wares. Color pictures of many wonderful Kakiemon pieces with short captions. 

35. "Shino" Famous Ceramics of Japan #12 by Ryoji Kuroda (1984)
I love SHINO so this is a treat for me. Some reviews mention the washed out color of the pictures but It does not take too much away from the many pictures included in the book. I am glad to have this one in my library.

36. "Karatsu" Famous Ceramics of Japan #9 by Taroemon Nakazato (1983)
As with the other books in this series it gives a basic history of Karatsu ware. It also explains the various styles within the Karatsu style. Techniques are also discussed. There  are also many color pictures with short explanations. I am happy to add this to my library!

37. "Japanese Ceramics-From the Tanakamaru Collection" by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Seattle Art Museum (1980) Text and Catologue by Nagatake Takeshi.
This is the collection of Tanakamaru Zenpachi (1894-1973). It contains ceramics from Kyushu. The pictures are lovely and there is a short explanation with each photograph. The book also contains a brief history of the main ceramic wares of Kyushu. It is a paperback.

38. "Made in Japan Ceramics 1921-1941" by Barbara Ifert (1994)
There are lots of color pictures and some descriptions. It may be somewhat  helpful for collectors or those trying to document pieces. It is impossible to take pictures of everything. 

39. "Yakimono 4000 Years of Japanese Ceramics" Honolulu Academy of Arts (2005)
I was expecting more than a thin paperback when I ordered it, but it does have quite a bit of helpful information packed into it. It is written in both English and Japanese. It covers the history and various styles of Japanese ceramics.
The pictures are lovely. The descriptions are written by various Japanese authors. I would have preferred smaller pictures and more samples from the various periods, but it is still a very nice book.   80 pages.

40. "Visiting the Mino Kilns" by Janet Barriskill (1995). 
This is a helpful book for those interested in the Mino kilns. It also has a translation of Arakawa Toyozo's "The Traditions and Techniques of Mino Pottery". A great addition to my library and worth every penny.

41. "Japanese Export Ceramics 1860-1920" by Nancy Schiffer 2000. This book is lovely. There are many beautiful pieces photographed in this book. Some are identified with age and marks. I did notice that some marks are upside down which should have been checked by someone who knows Japanese. There are spelling errors and errors in identification of pieces. I consider this careless when publishing a book on Japanese ceramics! There are some marks with no identification, which are available if researched along with a Japanese reader familiar with Japanese ceramics. Although there are some obvious flaws in the book, over all it is nice and has some helpful information for those interested in exports from this time period. 

42. "Collector's Guide to Made in Japan Ceramics Book III" by Carole Bess White 1998.
This third in a series adds more marks, additional pieces of MIJ ware, patent information and more. It adds to the information in books I and II. 

43. "Collector's Guide to Made in Japan Ceramics Book IV" by Carole Bess White 2003.  I believe this finishes off her series. It adds to marks and pieces of MIJ ceramics from her previous books.

44. "The Collector's Encyclopedia Of Occupied Japan Collectibles 5th Series" by Gene Florence 1994
This book does not show any of the hallmarks but does give a fairly good idea of what was being produced in the MIOJ period. The forward has helpful information about the markings in general. this will provide some help in identifying thins from this period. Up on the bookshelf it goes!

45. "Shino and Oribe Ceramics" by Ryoichi Fujioka 1977 
I am just starting to read this book and It am excited to learn what it offers. It has history, discusses the influence of the tea ceremony, included kilns, marks and many pictures!! 178 pages.

46. "A Connoisseur's Guide to Japanese Ceramics" by Adalbert Klein (translated by Katherine Watson) 1987 
I just got this one. It is a large book! It discusses the history from the early years through to the latter part of the twentieth century. It includes many photographs, includes many of the styles, tea wares, and includes information on many of the notable potters. 294 pages. 

47. "Pageant of Japanese Art, Ceramics and Metalwork" Edited by staff members of the Tokyo National Museum.  1958 
This is certainly a dated work, but helpful information from knowledgeable staff members. Most of the pictures are small and in black and white. This is a good addition to any library on Japanese ceramics and metal work, with pictures, history and descriptions. 168 pgs.

48. "The World of Japanese Ceramics" by Herbert Sanders 1978 
With entries by both Leach and Hamada expressing the value of the book, right off it is a great addition to my library. This book deals with tools, techniques, styles, and history of Japanese ceramics. This is filled with lots of helpful information as has many pictures in both color and black and white. It has  maps, glossary and index. 267pgs.

49. "Satsuma, An Illustrated Guide" by Sandra Andacht 1978 67 pgs. This little book is filled with pictures and some helpful information on marks, styles, time frames for mostly Kyo- Satsuma wares. It is a helpful quick reference!

50. "The Living Treasures of Japan" by Barbara Adachi with introduction by Bernard Leach. 1973 67pgs. I have just received this book but so far it is a delight. Anyone who appreciates those who are masters of their crafts will enjoy this book. It covers not just ceramics but paper making, weaving and dying, woodworking, sword smithing, stencil cutting and bamboo work. There ar three main potters represented, Ken Fujiwara, Shoji Hamada and Kyuwa Miwa. It has many wonderful pictures and the text is done in a "mingei" style. I look forward to spending more time in this lovely book. 

51. "Arts of Japan 2-Kyoto Ceramics" by Masahiko Sato. 1973, 133 pgs. 
This is a translated work from a 1968 Series Vol. 28 of "Nihon no Bijutsu". Although somewhat dated it has basic information on Kyoto ceramics, the origins and history, varieties of works and influential potters. 

52. "Japanese Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art, Seto and Mino Ceramics" by Louise Allison Cort 1992, 254 pgs.
This has nice summaries on the pieces covering 15th to 19th century. The book has many color photographs. 

53. "Made in Occupied Japan: A Collector's Guide" by Marian Klamkin 1976 184pgs.
Many examples of MIOJ items as well as common marks are included. It is a good primer on the topic and includes some of the history behind it. 

54. "Bridging East and West, Japanese Ceramics from the Kozan Studio" selections from the Perry Foundation 1994 64 pgs.
This has many lovely examples of Kozan's work in color photographs, with additional historical information and marks! 

55. "Collector's Encyclopedia of Nippon Porcelain, Fifth Series" by Joan F. Van Patten. (1998)
This is helpful for comparing Nippon porcelain and has a few articles written with additional historical information and updated values. As far as values go, books like these are not very helpful in determining value as values for such things go up and down all the time. Being fifth in her series, it has many new pictures and some additional marks.

56. "Ceramics of Shimaoka Tatsuzo, Living National Treasure of Japan-A Retrospective" by Mingei International  (2000) I LOVE this book. I could look at it for hours. The book is filled with beautiful color photographs of Shimaoka's works, his tools, his kiln, home and with him at the potter wheel. It includes a forward by Sori Yanagi, words from Mr. Shimaoka, along with tributes and commentary. Mr. Shimaoka's work inspires me and I feel such warmth from his works. I truly stand in awe. This is a special book in my library!

57. "Japanese Ceramics" by Roy Andrew Miller (after text by Seiichi Okuda, Fujio Koyama, Seizo Hayashiya, and others with photographs by Manshichi Sakamoto, Tazaburo Yoneda and Yoshihiko Maejima) 1961. Lots of history and pictures of Japanese ceramics from early times through time of first publication in 1960. 

58. "Hamada Potter" by Bernard Leach (1990 paperback edition)
I have wanted this book for quite a while, it just arrived in the mail.  This was written by a man who knew Shoji Hamada very well. They were a large part of the "Mingei Movement". I have not read it yet, but thumbing through the pages I can tell it will be a great read. There are many pictures of Hamada and his work......can't wait to get started! **I just wanted to add that after reading I can say that this is a delightful and inspirational book of men who overcame many hardships to make the "Mingei" movement succeed. 

59. "Imperial Japan: The Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) by Frederick Baekeland and Martie W. Young 1980. 232pgs. This is an exhibition catalog. It has some good history of the ups and downs in ceramics of the period. It explains how ceramics were affected by the political, social, and economic changes of the era. Some lovely pictures of the exhibition pieces are in black and white with explanations. I would have like to have seen more of the lesser quality wares and a discussion of how and where they fit into the scheme of things. 

60. "The Grammer of Japanese Ornament" by George Ashdown Audsley and Thomas W. Cutler, originally published in 1882 (1989 by Arch Cape Press) This book is fairly large with many wonderful pictures. It includes the history, influences, and  methods. It includes architecture, sculpture, painting, lacquer, ceramics, textiles, metalwork, enamel and decorative work. 

61. "Japanese Painted Porcelain, Modern Masterpieces in Overglaze Enamel" Edited by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. (1980) 245 pages. 
This is a large book with fabulous full page images of some of the most beautiful overgrazed enamel works by some of the most famous artists. There are also pages at the back with commentaries of the pieces in the book. 

62. "Collecting Noritake A to Z, Art Deco & More" by David Spain (1999) 208 pgs. This just arrived at my door today so I have not had a chance to digest the whole book, but I already like the Art Deco focus and the pages on marks. The salesman sample pages are quite interesting as well. This is a good addition to the other books I have on Noritake, filling in some holes the others are missing. 

63. "Mingei of Japan: The Legacy of the Founders- Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada, Kanjiro Kawai", Edited by Martha W. Longendecker. Published by Mingei International Museum (2006) 
This is a lovely and inspiring book. The photos are fabulous and the background on the Mingei Movement and its founders is moving. 
64. "The Art of Japan" by J. Edward Kidder Jr. (1985) 319 pages This gives a nice overview of many of the wonderful arts of Japan.
65. "The Ceramic Art of Japan-A Handbook for Collector's" by Hugo Musterberg (1964) 272pages

66. Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period" by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman 2005 112pgs. 
This is a nice little book. The pictures are lovely. There are nice choices of various types of Japanese decorative arts, with marks included. 
67. "The Golden Age of Karatsu Stoneware" by Francois Villemin (2013) 192 pgs.
This is a fabulous book.
68. "Mingei Folk Arts of Japan, Collections of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria" (1979).
69."Japanese Art Signatures" by James Self and Nobuko Hirose (1987) 379 pgs.
A very helpful resource!
70. "The Story of Imari" by Goro Shimura (2008) 200 pages. This is the "Go To" bible on Old Imari in English. This book is an essential for any serious researcher or collector of Old Imari.
71. "The Ceramic Art of Japan"by Hugo Munsterberg (1964)
Historical and informative though somewhat outdated.
72 "Edo Art in Japan 1615-1868"National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 1998-1999 
This is a huge book filled with Edo period Art, with some classic Ceramic pieces. History and background given.
73. "Japan, The shaping of the daimyo culture 1185-1868". National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1988-1989) 402 pages. This is a large book filled with pictures and commentary.

74."Lost Innocence Folk Craft Potters of Onta Japan" by Brian Morean (1984) 252 pages. If you love Onta pottery, or simply wish to learn the essence of folk craft, this is a must read.