Presentation 1
On view through December

Picture Room
117 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11201

Catalog
Item

001

32-PETALED OVAL DISH, SHALLOW

$80

Blooming in the cold September air, the chrysanthemum is a natural symbol of autumn and perseverance across several cultures. Rejuvenation, intellectual pursuits, loyalty, perfection, and the sun also find meaning in the chrysanthemum. In China, ancient lore tells of a man who became immortal after drinking dew from its petals, while in Japan, the unfolding of the petals symbolizes perfection and the rays of the sun. Although eating from Miyata’s dish may not result in immortality, indeed it is a flower and a dish to meditate on. With this dish, Miyata looks back to the ceramic history of China and reworks the enduring chrysanthemum form, examples of which can be found as far back as the 10th c. Song dynasty. This dish with scalloped edge is oval in shape with 32 petals radiating outward in a gentle rise to its outer rim from a single point on the interior. In subtle contrast to its delicate upper body, its outer foot and underbody are left relatively crudely hand carved and marked with an “M” carved into the clay body, creating a wonderful balance of refinement and informality.

Design: Ryuji Miyata
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    White porcelain with clear glaze

    Thrown on wheel, altered by hand

Care: Hand washing recommended

Specifications
27.2 cm
14.3 cm
2.7 cm (foot, 0.8 cm)
400g
Item

002

40-PETALED OVAL DISH, DEEP

$84

A slightly wider and deeper version of Miyata’s 32-petaled oval dish. This dish with scalloped edge is oval in shape with 40 petals extending outward from a single point and rising from its inner foot. In subtle contrast to its delicate upper body, its outer foot and underbody are left relatively crudely hand carved and marked with “M” carved into the clay body, creating a wonderful balance of refinement and informality.

Design: Ryuji Miyata
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    White porcelain with clear glaze

    Thrown on wheel, altered by hand

    Variations: green glaze

Care: Hand washing recommended

Specifications
26.4 cm
16.1 cm
3.3 cm (foot, 1 cm)
500g
Item

003

SMALL CHRYSANTHEMUM BOWL WITH FLARED EDGE

$48

Full of grace in its welcoming shape, Ryuji Miyata's small round chrysanthemum dish with everted rim evokes the gentle unfurling of a flower in bloom. All pieces are made by Miyata himself at his studio in the pottery town of Mashiko.

Design: Ryuji Miyata
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    White porcelain with clear glaze

    Thrown on wheel, altered by hand

    Variations: deep brown glaze. please email to enquire.

Care: Hand washing recommended

Specifications
13 cm
5.5 cm
137 g
Item

004

BLUE AND WHITE FOOTED DISH

$52

This footed dish has a rounded bowl atop a grooved and hollowed foot. Cross-referencing Chinese blue and white stemmed cups from the 13th century and sherbet dishes of a more recent western past, Miyata creates a delightful dish whose loose and playful drawing style in cobalt underglaze sets a wonderful tone of ease and romance. A zig-zag pattern encircles the base of the foot while moving upward, the finely turned and tooled stem is left unadorned. Two sets of ferns on either side of the main body swoop up and outward, creating a protective covering under which a bird curiously inspects a group of placid water lilies. A thin wavering line along the inner rim completes the motif.

*Fill with berries and cream, chocolate mousse, ice cream with syrup, or use as a candy dish for wrapped caramels, pate de fruit, jellybeans, or after-dinner mints.

Design: Ryuji Miyata
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    White porcelain with cobalt underglaze, painted by hand

    Thrown on wheel

Care: Hand washing recommended

Specifications
12.5 cm
6.5 cm
163 g
Item

005

SOY SAUCE POT

$40

This beguiling little pot with its humorous spout is the result of a three year design process led by the extraordinary sensibilities of designer and curator Osamu Saruyama. After completing studies in graphic design, Saruyama became well known for his keen eye as an antiques dealer, a passion which took him back and forth between France and Japan for many years. As his reputation as a curator of fine objects grew, Saruyama also began working with highly skilled craftsmen of Japan to design new classics that could hold the same long-term aesthetic value and revered life of the antiques he’d been dealing. With this pouring pot, Saruyama ceaselessly sought to create a more perfect vessel where not a single drop of its contents would be wasted during its pour. The inside of the pouring spout is designed with grooves such that any remaining liquid retreats back into the main body due to an ingenious vacuum effect. The downward curve of its spout calls for minimal effort on the part of its user, making it friendly in both appearance and use. Though named “soy sauce pourer,” it is designed for use with any liquid that will not clog its spout.

Design: Osamu Saruyama, in collaboration with Azmaya
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    White porcelain with clear glaze

    Made at the Shiratake Kiln in the pottery town of Hasami

    Designed by Osamu Saruyama in collaboration with Azmaya

Care: Hand washing recommended

Specifications
8.3 cm
6.7 cm
95 mL
70 g
Item

006

8-SIDED DISH

$40-$80

The handsome simplicity of this octagonal dish belies the obsessive nature of its maker, Yoshiyuki Ito, who spent eight years developing the glaze formulas for his current works. Ito found his path into ceramics initially through a deep interest in the art of kiln and oven design. In his desire to know all he could about the subtleties of these heat producing cauldrons, he moved to Oregon in his twenties to apprentice with an expert in kiln design. Furthering his studies with another Japanese kiln-master led him to his current home of Mashiko, in Eastern Japan. Mashiko, with its long tradition of ceramic arts and its hundreds of kilns hidden among its green hills, was a natural landing place for a man of Ito’s specific knowledge. Here, Ito honed his skills building kilns for ceramic artists who would eventually become his peers in his new craft building ceramic vessels. To be sure, Ito’s kiln is an impressive machine, the top of which is lined with countless stumps of clay bowing over in beautiful arcs. Deferential to the heat of the kiln, their specific curvatures signal to Ito the melting points of the clay material and how they are interacting with his machine, or rather, how his machine is acting on them. Once Ito began working with clay, the same drive towards a deep sense of knowledge and execution of ideas led him to the 8 year process of developing the semi-matte glazes for his current works. Working with local clay from Mashiko, Ito throws and alters each piece into simple functional shapes meant to bridge traditional Japanese techniques and a Western way of table-setting.

Design: Yoshiyuki Ito
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    Three variations available: green, iron black, and cream with rust colored iron specks interior with iron black exterior

    Thrown on wheel, altered by hand

Care: Hand washing recommended
Photography: Allegra Sussman and Utsuwawa

Specifications (small)
12.0 w. 2.2 h. cm
114 g
$40
Specifications (medium)
17.5 w. 3.7 h. cm
276 g
$60
Specifications (large)
22.0 w. 4.5 h. cm
474 g
$80
Item

007

HAND PAINTED RICE BOWL WITH GOLDFISH

$50

A red goldfish sits in the base of this inviting rice bowl, surrounded by long stemmed flowers turned upside down as if reflections in water. Deft strokes of crimson and emerald glaze create energetic stems and leaves over speckled clay with off-white glaze imparted with grey and peach hues from firing. Miyata’s mark, “RM” is carved into the clay body near the outer foot.

Design: Ryuji Miyata
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    Off-white speckled clay from Mashiko, hand-painted with green and red overglaze, with peach and grey tones from firing.

Care: Hand washing recommended

Specifications
14 cm
6.1 cm
151.5 g
Item

008

HAND-PAINTED MUG

$48-$52

Vines in ruddy red and emerald green run down the pulled handle and along the midline of this mug by Ryuji Miyata. Miyata lets the mark of his hand live freely in these pieces, making apparent the materiality of the clay in the simply attached handle and slight grooves in the main body. A double line motif runs along the top of the small mug, and the bottom of the large size. A single line with half-dots runs along the top of the large mug, on both the interior and exterior, while the same motif is painted on the underside of the small size. Both sizes are marked with “RM,” offset near the base of the handle.

Design: Ryuji Miyata
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    Speckled clay from Mashiko with creamy white and grey glaze, hand-painted with green and red overglaze

Care: Hand washing recommended

Specifications (small)
7.5 cm
7.7 cm
145.3 g
$48
Specifications (large)
8.4 cm
9.0 cm
209.5 g
$52
Item

009

HAND-BLOWN CRYSTAL GUINOMI (SAKE DRINKING VESSEL)

$130

Once he gathers molten glass on the end of one of his steel blow pipes, Yoji Sugiyama has about a half hour with each piece to shape, color, blow, cut, tweeze and transform the mass into one of his otherworldly glass works. This “guinomi,” or sake drinking vessel, has an undulating rim with six pointed protuberances swirling around its base as if a tentacled sea creature grips from below. The underside is sanded and engraved with "Yoji S."

Design: Yoji Sugiyama
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    Semi-crystal glass in deep purple hue

    Hand-blown

Care: Hand wash
Photography: Allegra Sussman

Specifications
10.8 cm
5.8 cm
213.5 g
Item

010

HAND-BLOWN CRYSTAL VASE WITH TWISTED NECK

$155

A delicate twist at the neck of this vase illustrates Yoji Sugiyama’s talent in creating poetic glass works in even the simplest of silhouettes. Energy intensive in terms of both physical work and the electricity demanded by his kiln that runs 365 days of the year, Sugiyama is only able to produce about eight pieces a day. Engraved “Yoji S.” on the underside.

Design: Yoji Sugiyama
Japanese, 21st century

    Details:

    Clear semi-crystal glass

    Hand-blown

    More work from Yoji Sugiyama is anticipated to arrive in February. Please check back or email with interest.

Care: Hand wash
Photography: Allegra Sussman

Specifications
1.5 cm (opening), 6.5 cm (shoulder)
206 g
Item

011

CHEESE KNIFE

$80

Forged in the foremost knife-town of Seki, in Gifu Prefecture, this cheese knife with its straight spine and ever-so-slightly curved blade pushes toward perfection in craftsmanship, utility, and beauty. Designed for a long life by Osamu Saruyama, its high quality steel blade can be sharpened to maintain its edge, while the handle, formed in brass and connected by rivets to the steel blade, has a soft sheen that will change patina over time.

*Use is not limited to cheese. The high quality of the blade lends itself to the same uses as a small utility or paring knife.

Design: Osamu Saruyama, in collaboration with Azmaya

    Details:

    Stainless steel blade with brass handle

    Set with cheese knife and butter knife, $150

Care: Always use on cutting board, hand wash with non-abrasive cloth or sponge

Specifications
17.1 cm
3.1 cm
60 g
0.6 cm
Item

012

BUTTER KNIFE

$75

Between 1609 and 1611, seven “imoji” (metalworkers) stationed in Toyama Prefecture, birthed a tradition of fine metalsmithing in Takaoka City, where this butter knife is produced. The stainless steel blade is connected with rivets to its brass handle that will gain a patina over time.

Design: Osamu Saruyama, in collaboration with Azmaya

    Details:

    Stainless steel blade with brass handle

    Set with butter knife and cheese knife, $150

Care: Hand wash with soft cloth

Specifications
17.5 cm
1.5 cm
0.6 cm
46 g
Item

013

CHEESE BOARDS

$70-$78

The Yamakura, or wild hill cherry tree, was brought to Japan in the sixth century by Buddhist missionaries to adorn their shrines. Well-desired for its strength, its fine grain, and its hardness that makes it resistant to warpage, the wood of the Yamakura is a prized material among makers of furniture, cabinetry, and musical instruments. Designer Osamu Saruyama has meticulously designed this cheeseboard with the same attention a luthier would give a prized cello. Three sides bow outward with the same curve as the blade of the cheese knife, while the fourth side with handle cinches in for comfortable gripping. The elegant lines of the board are highlighted by the precise chamfering of its edges, with an offset two-tiered profile. Produced by Azmaya with wood from Gifu and finished with walnut oil from Nagano, it is marked with Azmaya's logo on the handle.

Design: Osamu Saruyama, in collaboration with Azmaya

    Details:

    Yamakura (wild hill cherry) wood with walnut oil finish

Care: Hand wash only and dry thoroughly after each use. Apply oil or wax as needed to a completely dry board.

Specifications (small) - $70
27.7 cm (board), 17.3 cm (handle)
12.2 cm
1.5 cm
210 g
Specifications (large) - $78
30 cm (board), 20.3 cm (handle)
14.4 cm
1.5 cm
240 g