SOFA Chicago, a great success!

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SOFA Chicago, which started with a preview showing on Thursday, November 6, concluded on Sunday, November 9.

Out of a wide variety of media, encompassing pieces in bronze, lacquer, ceramic, glass, photography, wood, metal, jewelry and chairs, Ippodo chose only the finest pieces, totaling 120 items by 16 artists.

Pieces that took a whole year in the making, and just recently completed to perfection, were paired with patrons, both from within the US, as well as abroad. These pieces of Japanese contemporary fine art-crafts were distributed among individuals who had been to SOFA Chicago before, in addition to new visitors who we had the pleasure of meeting for the very first time. Our time at the exposition was marked by a feeling of warmth and vibrance; the three and half days were wrapped in smiles all around and a sense of deep emotional connections.

The humanity we are witness to keeps us courageously moving forward. We thank you for this!
For those who were unable to attend this time around, we look forward to the day when we can meet in person.

Many pieces found new homes in the US.
Toshio Tokunaga’s chairs in particular, captured the hearts of many. People touched, smelled, sat, and overall enjoyed the unique “forest bathing” experience that they provided. The chairs sold out completely, and we are currently continuing to take orders for them from all over the world.

WIth our “faith in the power of beauty”, Ippodo will continue in our promise to introduce genuine art to the world.

Ippodo Gallery

Ippodo Gallery to Participate in SOFA Again this Year

Eight Faces, 2014 Cast bronze, gold leaf, 37 x 16 x 34cm hatakeyama copy 2

Ippodo Gallery, which is based in Tokyo and New York, is proud to announce that it will participate in the SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) exhibition again this year from November 7–9, 2014. This year will mark the fourth consecutive year that Ippodo has participated in this renowned exhibition.

We will be introducing the most current works by 15 contemporary Japanese artists selected from a wide range of fields including: bronze, woodwork, ceramics, porcelain, glass, lacquerware, metal, painting, photography and furniture.  These works – which display an exquisite pairing of skill and sense of design, combined with refined aesthetics – are representative of the fine caliber of art crafts in Japan today.  These artists have not simply inherited traditional techniques or adopted the philosophies of contemporary art, rather, their works truly embody the world of SurJaponisme.  This year’s booth is larger than in previous years, allowing us to present many large-scale works.

SOFA CHICAGO 2014 (Navy Pier’s Festival Hall600 East Grand Avenue,Chicago,IL,60611)

Ippodo Gallery : Booth #1021

Exhibiting Artists

Yukiya Izumita(ceramics) / Katsuya Ohgita(glass)/ Shô Kishino(sculpture) / Ryoji Koie(ceramics) / Shota Suzuki (metal)/ Midori Tsukada (glass)/ Yui Tsujimura(ceramics)/ Toshio Tokunaga(chair) /Takashi Tomo-oka(photography) / Koji Hatakeyama(bronze)/ Yuki Hayama(porcelain) /Tohru Matsuzaki (lacquer)/ Jihei Murase (lacquer)/ Akio Mori (jewelry)/ Ikuro Yagi(painting) /Shinya Yamamura(lacquer)

 VIP Opening

Thursday, November 6

First Choice Preview (Invitation Only): 5-7 pm

Public Preview (Tickets Available): 7-9pm

General Admission

Friday, November 7, 10am-7pm (VIP Admission from 10-11am)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-7pm (VIP Admission from 10-11am)

Sunday, November 9, 12pm-6pm


For more information and request for admission, please contact Shoko Aono 

For more information, you can also visit our exhibition page & SOFA web site.


CHAWAN – Tea Bowls – An Exhibition of Tea Bowls by Contemporary Potters




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August 15 ( Mon ) – October 6, 2014

Ippodo NY is delighted to announce that it will be holding an exhibition of tea bowls in celebration of Jugoya, the Japanese Moon-Viewing Festival. Traditionally falling on the 15th day of the eighth month according to the lunar calendar, the date of this festival varies. This year it will take place on September 8. The full moon on this night is considered the most magnificent of the year, shining high in the autumn sky. Its beauty is marveled today as it has been for centuries. Numerous poems have been written praising its beauty, and offerings are made to it in gratitude for the harvest. Ippodo NY will present a selection of tea bowls by 16 contemporary Japanese potters, ranging from young artists to master craftsmen, creating a wonderful feeling of harmony.

The appreciation of tea bowls is quite unique and differs from that of other art-crafts. During the tea ceremony, the bowl is raised in both hands and touched to the lips, its weight transmitted through the hands, its texture on the lip, and the color of the green tea inside all providing sensory pleasure to the guests. Even the shape of the kodai, as the foot of the bowl is known, is highly regarded, with people unraveling narratives in its form. Texture is experienced through the distortions of the clay; the glaze can be enjoyed throughout the entire 360 degrees of the form, and the transformations resulting from use become a source of appreciation. Each small bowl represents a culmination of Japanese aesthetics.

The Japanese tea ceremony, particularly the wabi-cha style perfected by Sen-no-Rikyu (1522-91), was developed during the Azuchi Momoyama period (1573-1603) and 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 – the idea being to oblige the samurai to leave his sword outside, thereby making all who enter equal. A samurai valued his sword as highly as his life, so to part with it in order to partake in a bowl of tea must have created a heightened atmosphere we can only conjecture upon today. The small, rustic tea room must have offered a unique form of freedom. The tea ceremony expresses an unparalleled refinement, combining Zen Buddhism with the Way of the Samurai. In the beginning, its practice was restricted to the feudal lords and high-ranking samurai, but gradually spread to the rich merchant class during the mid-Edo period (18th century). Sublimated to a deep spiritual level in both society and the realm of art-crafts, its utensils, particularly the tea bowls, have cultural and historic importance. In the past, there have even been occasions when a single tea bowl was considered more important than territory.

There are various traditional styles of tea bowl that have been transmitted to the present, with Raku, Ido, Hagi, Karatsu and Shino still being created today. All Japanese potters, whoever they may be, strive to create a perfect tea bowl in their respective careers. This is probably due to the fact that the simple tea bowl contains a sense of great presence and infinite power. They can be described as being microcosms or expressions of the great maternal spirit. 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. Unlike an artwork that is only appreciated visually, it embodies organic joy, contemplation, tranquility, and living beauty. It represents the essence of entertainment and the true nature of human happiness that has remained unchanged throughout history. A tea bowl always plays an important role in the ultimate communication that joins people together, giving rise to an endless power of imagination.

Exhibiting artists:
Ryusuke Asai, Shin Fujihira, Yasushi Fujihira, Sho Fujita, Kenji Hishida, Yukiya Izumita, Ryoji Koie, Takuro Kuwata, Masahiro Maeda, Kohei Nakamura, Chozaemon Ohi, Toshio Ohi, Shiro Tsujimura, Yui Tsujimura, Hideki Yanashita, Aiko Watanabe

For more information, please visit our Exhibition page.

Love Stone Project

Atsuya Tominaga’s Love Stone Project arriving to NYC !

July 29, 30, 31, 2014

“If every one becomes one with nature, the whole earth will become one.” - Atsuya Tominaga


Atsuya Tominaga, stone sculptor and winner of the Grand Prize at the 25th UBE Biennale International Sculpture Competition, with his piece titled, “Our Love”, will be presenting Love Stone Project* to New York City – a project that the artist started in May 2014.

This interactive art project follows many large heart-shaped stones as they are brought to various locales in Japan, and throughout the world, where the people of the land – young and old – gather and polish the stones until they are completed. One year from now, all of these hearts will be joined together and exhibited in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, as a single work of art.

 In New York City, the project will have 3 sites of temporary installation: Central Park, Rockaway Beach, and High Line Park.

We invite you to join other New Yorkers in helping realize this exciting art project!

July 29 ( Tue ) Central Park Sheep’s meadow       West side of central park from 66th to 69th st ( Starts at 2pm )

July 30 ( Wed )  High Line Park   Westside of Manhattan b/w 10th and11th Ave on West 21st street  ( Starts at 2pm )

July 31 ( Thu )  Rockaway Beach                  Take A or S train and getting off at Beach 98th ( Starts at 2pm )

This project is open to the public and participation is free and encouraged.

To confirm the location and hours of the installation, please reach me at any time: Shoko Aono + 212 967 4899

* What is “ Love Stone Project”

Ippodo Gallery is working with the sculptor, Atsuya Tominaga, to spread his “Love Stone Project” throughout Japan and the world. In this project, where people come together to polish heart-shaped stones, we hope to use the universal language of art to encourage people – children and adults alike – to open up their hearts to one another on a fundamental, human level. We hope that through the act of polishing the stones one by one, participants will gain greater insight into the joy of life and living together – a perspective that will gradually help achieve love and peace in the world.

“ The act of polishing a stone is simple in the extreme – a rock gets swept down from the mountains in a river, its corners gradually wearing away until it becomes round. It is truly a natural process. The difference here is that we become the river current. My experience of having lived through two major earthquakes has taught me to stop opposing nature in my work as a sculptor. It also taught me that mankind should become a part of nature and that we are able to bring the world together through the warmth of our hands. “ – Atsuya Tominaga

Artist and girl

Dear Exclusive customer,

Announcing of the Exclusive Page

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Ikuro Yagi
” Seaside ”
Japanese painting on old wooden door
H 24 x W 88 x D 11 cm
H 9 1/2 x W 34 1/2 x D 4 1/4 in

The Ippodo Gallery New York homepage has debuted a new section called the “Exclusive Page”. To those who have become exclusive members, we have created a page just for you. We will provide you with a login ID and password.

Not only will you have access to more information regarding various artworks, but as an exclusive member, we can recommend and show pieces of art specifically for you.

If you are interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In order to become an exclusive member, and furthermore, to ensure the confidentiality and security of information about our artworks, approval by Director of Ippodo New York, Shoko Aono, is required.

With our locations in both Tokyo and NY, we have close ties with contemporary Japanese art-craft artists. We seek out superb pieces by these artists, and continue to expand our diverse collection.

We strive to continue to provide you with the latest, up-to-date information about new pieces no matter where you are.

Indigo works by Hiroko Harada, ceramic works by Yasushi Fujihira now at Tokyo Ippodo Gallery

Hiroko Harada Overlapped Tapestry 8x190cm 3 1/8x74 3/4in Linen

Hiroko Harada
Overlapped Tapestry
3 1/8×74 3/4in

Yasushi Fujihira Indication H13.5xW8.5xD7.5cm H5 3/8xW3 3/8XD3in

Yasushi Fujihira
H5 3/8xW3 3/8XD3in

Two artists currently showing at Tokyo Ippodo Gallery

June 26 – July 5, 2014

3F. Isei bldg. 1-8-17
Ginza, Tokyo 104-0061 Japan

Indigo Works by Hiroko Harada

Born 1948. Hiroko Harada is Japan’s leading practitioner of indigo tie-dyeing.
One of less than ten dyers in Japan who still use natural indigo vats, she employs traditional techniques of tie-dyeing, that have been practiced in Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868) to carry out her creative activities.

“The sea wishes to become the sky, joining the blue firmament beyond the horizon. The sky wishes to become the sea, changing to a deep, still azure beyond the horizon. I continue my pursuit of this inimitable blue through indigo. “ 

- Hiroko Harada

For more information, please click here

Ceramic works by Yasushi Fujihira    - Indications -

Born in Kyoto in 1963, the eldest son of the famous potter, Shin Fujihira (1922-2012).

With simple forms, innocent shapes, and pure colors, he creates his works by hand, without the use of a wheel.

” Transferring the patterns of nature onto the clay, etc., each work presents a random form of decoration. The reason for using this technique is that I feel that it adds to the presence of the work better than the application of excessive decoration or intentional patterns. “ 

- Yasushi Fujihira

For more information, please click here.






Laura de Santillana ‘s first solo show in Japan!



Glass Works by Laura de Santillana
‘ Tokyo-ga ‘

Opening Reception at Palace Hotel on May 23.
Exhibition on view from May 24 until June 21 at Ippodo Gallery Tokyo.

We welcomed Laura from Venice, and had a luminous day at the show’s opening. People were amazed by her glass works.
We’re certain that the exhibition at Tokyo Ippodo will be an exceptionally memorable one. Don’t miss it!


































Ippodo’s first show in London was wonderful!

COLLECT London 2014 : Saatchi Gallery
May 8 (Preview) – May 12, 2014

With the backdrop of blue skies and the blooming lilacs of beautiful London, Ippodo’s first milestone in the city has been achieved (and with great success!). During the duration of our first London show, we witnessed the overflowing appreciation and wonderment that viewers felt for our pieces. Many have a genuine passion for collecting and presenting Japanese contemporary craft arts – those works which we, as a gallery, strive to promote, and which were
represented by our exhibition, “Surjaponisme”.

Guest after guest would tell us “Thank you for bringing such wonderful artworks from Japan!” Our experience at the show was rich with encounters with new friends.
And 30 artworks found new homes in every corner of the world!

To the artists who created the beautiful works on display, to those involved in the preparation and setup of this exhibition, and of course, to all those who appreciate the artworks, as well as all the great people who continue to support Ippodo, our sincerest thank you!


Collect London 2014

Glass work by Laura de Santillana

“Tokyo ga”

May 24, 2014 – June 21, 2014
Opening Reception (by reservation, exclusive luncheon style) May 23 ( Fri. ) 12:30-2:30 ‘Fuyo-no-ma’, Palace Hotel Tokyo

Glass Works by Laura de Santillana 'Tokyo - ga'

May 24 (Sat.)-June 21 (Sat.)2014

Ippodo gallery Tokyo

The Ippodo gallery, which is based in Tokyo and New York, is delighted to announce its forthcoming exhibition of glass works by Laura de Santillana; entitled ‘Tokyo-ga’ this will be the first solo exhibition by a non-Japanese artist to be held there. Ms. de Santillana is one of the most creative and innovative women glass artists on the scene today, producing beautiful, original works at her studio on Murano Island in Venice. The works to be presented in the ‘Tokyo-ga’ exhibition were inspired by a movie of the same name that was staged in Japan; featuring her ‘tablet’ series, it will consist of more than twenty works, including her latest. It will be most interesting to see what kind of luminosity these works will produce in Japan.

Born in Venice, her grandfather was the great Venini and her father an architect, which meant she was brought up in an environment full of Western traditions and art. She studied visual art in New York where she worked in a design studio, concentrating largely on book design. Upon her return to Venice she began to work in the family company, producing Venini glass. However, she also goes beyond the traditions of Murano glass to create her own works, combining pared down forms with extremely simple combinations of color.

She says, “I have seen nearly all the movies by Yasujiro Ozu,” and “When I first walked the streets of Kyoto, I felt I had returned to my spiritual home,” and it is obvious from her works, particularly those in tablet form, that they are influenced by the rectilinear shapes found in the tatami mats, paper doors and folding screens, etc., that comprise traditional Japanese architecture. These works transmit a beautiful, soft light, like that which seeps through the handmade paper of translucent Japanese window screens; light and shade changing continually through the course of the day. This is not the beauty of Western decorative objects; the atmosphere they create within the surrounding space is evocative of the spirit of meditation.

This is why her work can be likened to music. The play of color is not so much a material existence; rather it resembles a combination of low and high notes, of major and minor keys extemporaneously woven together to resonate in the heart of the viewer. It is not only delicious to the eye, but also fills the space with an indescribable harmony, its long wavelengths seeming to spread forever.

The jet-black ‘Diptych’, the transparent ‘Untitled’ and the bronze work all possess a different aura. They are totally sculptural, heavy and divine. Their religiosity cannot be said to resemble an altarpiece or to express the emptiness embodied in the world of Zen Buddhism, rather they represent a new form of philosophy.

In the same way that Wim Wenders movie, ‘Tokyo-ga’ (1986) introduced the streets of Tokyo, her works are sublimated into objects that contrast everything. Chaos and order, heavy and light, darkness and illumination, the reality of plastic food samples, bustle and desolation; her creativity springs from this kind of contradiction.

It is for this reason that Laura’s tablet works can be said to conjure up an image of the Japanese concept of kekkai or spiritual barrier. This is something that separates reality from fantasy, a borderline over which people can pass, a doorway that opens between emptiness and the far side of existence. What kind of encounters will these beautiful doorways present us with in her beloved Japan.

Ms. de Santillana will herself be making a visit to Japan to coincide with the opening of this exhibition. In addition to the current exhibition, a subsequent exhibition, featuring Laura de Santillana’s tea-ceremony utensils will be held at Ippodo Tokyo in the fall.



” It has been my pleasure to represent Laura de Santillana for the past 16 years. She is one of the most creative and innovative artists working in glass today. Never content to repeat the same series, she is constantly pushing herself through experimentation with form, color and content.

As the granddaughter of the widely respected founder of the Venini Glassworks, Paolo Venini, de Santillana grew up surrounded by glass art in a city as distinguished as Venice. Her works are richly saturated and organic in nature. With a modernist stance on a traditional vessel, de Santillana creates sculptural and glowing vessels of pure color. The artist’sFlag and Tokyo-ga sculptures employ the sophisticated Italian incalmo technique where glass vessels are blown and then flattened, creating glass stele. Although these tablets recall color field paintings, the glass surfaces have a luminous quality nearly impossible to achieve with paint and canvas.

It is very fitting that Ms. De Santillana’s Tokyo-ga series is now exhibited in the city that inspired her work.”

Barry Friedman
New York, March 2014


Laura de Santillana

1955 Born in Venice
1975-77 She studies at School of Visual Arts, New York and works with Massimo Vignelli.
1975 She designs lamps and objects for the Venini Enterprises.
1979 First big travelling show at New Glass show in USA.
1989 First visit to India, which will become an annual pilgrimage.
1995 Starts collaboration with Simone Cenedese, which continues to this day.
1997 1998 Commissioned by firm of Japanese tea specialists to design a kaiseki cuisine range in glass, lacquered wood and silver. Extended sojourns in Kyoto. Works with Japanese lacquer master Suzuki Mutsumi designing tea ceremony ware.
1998 Begins to work with Barry Friedman in New York.
1999 Paris exhibition at Galerie L’Arc en Seine, where for the first time she exhibits what will become her signature flat forms.
2001-2002 Begins working in bronze and in wax at the Fonderia Brustolin, Verona
2009 First residency at Museum of Glass ( MoG), Tacoma, producing large – scale works exhibited at 53rd Venice Biennale.
2011 Exhibition at Musse des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
2013-2014 Begins new project in Czech Republic with Charlie Parriott, experimenting with new fusing techniques.


Museo Vetrario di Murano, Venice, Italy
The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA
Saint Louis Museum of Fine Arts, St Louis, MO, USA
Cooper-Hewitt national design Museum, NY, USA
Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA
Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, CA, USA
Musse de Design et d’ Arts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA, USA
Kunstmuseum im Ehrenhof, Dusseldorf, Germany
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany
Ernsting Stiftung, Alter Hof Herding Museum, Coesfeld-Lette, Germany
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany
IMA, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
Smithsonian Institute, Renwick gallery, Washington, USA

Actress, potter Mieko Yuki’s ceramic exhibition, ‘ KARASU ‘ ( Crow ), at Ippodo Tokyo from April 16!

Mieko Yuki                                     Crows

Mieko Yuki

Ceramic Works by Mieko Yuki
‘ KARASU’ (Crow)

Ippodo Gallery Tokyo

3F. Isei bldg. 1-8-17
Ginza, Tokyo 104-0061 Japan
April 16 – 26, 2014


I have feared crows since childhood and yet been captivated by their strange beauty.  
With the passing of years, I find myself increasingly attracted by the sharpness of their 
jet-black forms and the indomitable, determination they display in their lives.  
Bravo to the much-despised crow! ‘
  Mieko Yuki  Catching a soul

Mieko Yuki
Catching a soul


Mieko Yuki’s Profile

(Actress & Potter)

Born in Tokyo in 1943.With a diplomat father and artist mother, she spent her childhood in the UK, Turkey, Ceylon, Sweden, etc. A member of Britain’s Royal Ballet, she left to join Haiyuza Yoseijo ( Actors Theater Training Academy ), then moved on to the ‘ Kumo ‘ theatrical company. In addition to a varied acting career on television, movies and stage, in 1984 she took up pottery.  Her ceramic works can be found in the Chicago Park Hyatt Hotel (US), Shinjuku Park Hyatt Hotel (Tokyo), ‘ Children Art House ‘ at Sekigahara Menard Land, Hotel Mori no Kaze Oshuku in Kenji World and restaurants and salons throughout Japan.

 ' Aventure' H 24.8 x W 20 x D 14 cm                                            H 9 3/4 x W 7 7/8 x D 5 1/2 in

‘ Aventure’
H 24.8 x W 20 x D 14 cm
H 9 3/4 x W 7 7/8 x D 5 1/2 in

' Yata garasu' crow  H 21 x W 27.2 x D 15 cm  H 8 1/4 x W 10 3/4 x D 5 7/8 in

‘ Yata garasu’ crow
H 21 x W 27.2 x D 15 cm
H 8 1/4 x W 10 3/4 x D 5 7/8 in

Crow H 29 x W 27.5 x D 10.5 cm  H 11 3/8 x W 10 7/8 x D 4 1/8 in

H 29 x W 27.5 x D 10.5 cm
H 11 3/8 x W 10 7/8 x D 4 1/8 in

For more information, please visit the exhibition page