Tea Bowls: Art of the Five Senses from March 15 !


Tea Bowls: Art of the Five Senses
Contemporary Japanese Tea Ceremony Wares
March 15 – April 7
Opening Reception : March 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

Asia Week Hours:
March 15 – March 24, 11 am – 6 pm
except Sunday, March 18: by appointment;
March 26 – April 7, Mon. – Fri., 11 am – 6 pm

In celebration of Ippodo Gallery NY’s 10th anniversary, the gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of tea wares by more than 15 contemporary Japanese potters. Ranging from young artists to master craftsmen, the works evoke a wonderful feeling of harmony. The five senses are magnified as you hold a bowl in your palms, with each acting as their own microcosmos.

Ippodo has always focused on the tea-related artworks as a core cultural component of Japan, with tea ceremony and its accoutrements at the center of that ideology. This is the second exhibition of tea wares by these Ippodo artists, as the first was held in 2014. Exhibiting artists include Keiji Ito, Hiromi Itabashi, Kohei Nakamura, Kyusetsu Miwa XII, Chozaemon Ohi XI, Tetsu Suzuki, Shiro Tsujimura among others.

With the unique process of tea ceremony, appreciation for tea wares differs from that of other crafts. Unlike an artwork that is only appreciated visually, tea ceremony embodies beauty and joyfulness, as achieved through contemplation and tranquility. During the ceremony, the bowl is raised with both hands, and the drinker savors the texture of the piece against his or her lips. Reflection on the green color of the tea, the full weight of the vessel, and the shape of the kodai, or the foot of the bowl, all add to the experience of pleasure.

The tea wares are transformed through shape and glaze, the full object ripe with discovery in detail. Each modification, no matter how small, becomes a source of appreciation–a culmination of Japanese aesthetics.

The Japanese tea ceremony was first developed during the Azuchi Momoyama period (1573-1603), with the wabi-cha style perfected by Sen-no-Rikyu (1522-91), which spread widely among the Samurai class. The guest entrance to the tea ceremony room is extremely small and low, forcing the guests to enter on their knees, to oblige the Samurai to leave swords outside. A Samurai valued his sword as highly as his life, so to part with it in order to participate in tea ceremony no doubt created a heightened atmosphere of humility. As such, the small tea room must have offered the Samurai a unique form of freedom, equalizing all who entered.

While the earliest tea ceremonies were restricted to feudal lords and high-ranking samurai, the rituals gradually became popular with the rich merchant class during the mid-Edo period (18th century). Edo-period tea ceremony was characterized by refinement, combining the Zen Buddhism with the Way of the Samurai. From spiritual sublimation across society to the delicate and intensive craftsmanship of utensils, (particularly tea bowls), tea ceremony grew in cultural and ultimately historical importance. At different points in history, a single tea bowl has even been considered more important than territory. A simple tea bowl contains a sense of great presence and infinite power: Microcosms of a great maternal spirit.
Various traditional styles of tea bowl continue today: Raku, Ido, Hagi, Karatsu and Shino are still being created. Japanese potters often dedicate their lives to the creation of the perfect tea bowl. The tea master devotes all his energies to a single bowl of tea to make it a unique encounter, allowing the guest to appreciate the experience through all five senses.

But the sensory experience of the tea ceremony is not merely solitary. The ritual allows for important communication; it joins people together, releasing the boundlessness of imagination to flourish. In a single tea bowl, happiness can be found.

Happy New Year 2018 from Ippodo Gallery NY !


Takashi Tomo-oka
Plum, 2016

Happy New Year!

Thank you for your loyal patronage and friendship throughout the year 2017.

We at Ippodo Gallery would like to continue introducing the world to beauty – particularly that which has been created by humans. We believe in the power of art to impact us in the dark world of today.

We are happy to share, support and celebrate living artists together with you.

In 2018, Ippodo Gallery will have its 10th anniversary. We are planning a special event in Kyoto in order to express our gratitude for your support. Please await our announcement!

Wishing 2018 to be a year of delight and beauty for you!

*Please note that our gallery will be closed from January 1 to 22.
Due to the director’s business trip, our open hours during the winter time will be irregular until February 11th.
Please make a prior appointment if you would like to visit us during these time period.

Ripples & Blooms : Metal Works by Shota Suzuki from Dec 7!

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Mon. – Fri. : 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. | Saturdays by appointment

Opening Reception with Shota Suzuki:
Thursday, December 7, 6 – 8 p.m.

Ippodo Gallery is pleased to present Shota Suzuki (b. 1987), in his first ever solo exhibition outside Japan this December. The works speak for themselves, just as nature does: Suzuki’s work celebrates the beauty of nature as the seasons change, thus this winter showcase will provide a window into the beauties of fall and spring, as well as a warm respite from the cold.

Shota Suzuki’s metalworks capture the essence of nature, just before the winds of change erase precious, ephemeral moments. From the seeds of a dandelion about to float away on the breeze to the faint scent of the cherry blossom just before it falls, Suzuki’s work has a breathless quality, functioning almost as a time capsule for mother nature. In these pieces, the dual delicacy and tenacity of life is revealed.

Suzuki studied botany from childhood, and the art of metalwork at university. His intensity and scholastic approach to a love of plants has resulted in an attention to detail in his pieces so realistic that they blend in with real leaves and blooms. Yet despite this careful approach, the fascination still feels effortless. In their imitation of the natural world, it is as if they encourage us all to be more natural.

Suzuki works from a studio situated amid the temples of Kyōto’s Kaneichō in Higashiyama Ward, the former home of the foundries which produced temple bells. From his desk, he shapes leaves, nuts, and flowers from the metal, taking the natural world from fleeting to eternal.

At just 30 years old, Suzuki completed his metal course at the Tohoku University of Art and Design in 2010, and pursued research there in 2011. That year he received a prize in excellence for jewelry from the Itami International Contemporary Craft Exhibition. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum twice, at the Yamazaki Mazak Museum in Aichi, Japan, at the Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art in Miyagi, Japan, and in galleries in Seoul, Edinburgh and Munich.

For more information and to view an online catalogue, please visit our Exhibition page, or see our official press release.

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Please click above to watch the special metal-making video!

Jihei Murase, Suikei Saito, Kenji Wakasugi, and Tohru Matsuzaki’s artworks are currently exhibited at “A Teahouse for Philadelphia” at Philadelphia Museum of Art through July 30, 2018

Jihei Murase, Suikei Saito, Kenji Wakasugi, and Tohru Matsuzaki’s was recently accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Arts permanent collection and they are currently exhibited at “A Teahouse for Philadelphia” exhibition in the Japanese art section through July 30, 2018.

Also, after that we have a large turn out for the opening reception of our show “Wabi Sabi”.Jihei Murase served tea for our honored guests! The exhibition closes November 22nd so we invite you to come see these great artists work.






The Detroit Institute of Arts just unveiled their new Japanese Wing!

The Detroit Institute of Arts just unveiled their new Japanese Wing!
It is a new breeze of art for the city of Detroit.
Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki was consulted in the layout of the Tokonoma space (alcove) for this gallery.
Shigeru Uchida’s Tea Room ‘Gyo-An’ welcomed guests with
Seikei Saito’s scroll ‘Hope’, Tohru Matsuzaki’s lacquer board, and Yui Tsujimura’s vase. They are accessioned in the permanent collection of DIA.

Suitcase Tea Room in Central Park!


This week we had a tea ceremony in Central Park! Its design is created by producer and architect Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki. His concept of “ZEN-AN” is to create a portable space of traditional Japanese tea using only the best craftsmanship of Japan.

All of this fits into a compact, suitcase. Ippodo Gallery will represent him this fall, so we are excited to show everyone his suitcase tea room! To watch a short documentary on the creation, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3SVJbDJSMk&feature=share

Director Shoko Aono Speaks in Kogei Discussion


Director Shoko Aono spoke about the future of Kogei and reported our experience in New York as a Japanese art gallery.

We had a meaningful discussion regarding Kogei and traditional craft.
The discussion was with Ronald T. Labaco, Joe Earle, Shoko Aono, and Masanori Aoyagi.

Read more about it here (Japanese)