• Hinamatsuri 雛祭 March 3

    Dolls Day, a Celebration of Health and Happiness for Japanese Girls
    Michiko Fujita, Doll 'Hinamatsuri'
    Michiko Fujita, Doll 'Hinamatsuri'
  • Artist Spotlight:

    Kan Kishino
  • A Gentle Tea Bowl

    The Art of Tomoyuki Hoshino
    A Gentle Tea Bowl
  • The Magic of Tea Bowls

    A Reflection on Contemporary Japanese Tea Bowls
    by Shoko Aono

    This week's journal is a reflection on the conversations from the event with Museum of Fine Art, Houston. An essay on the transience of the art of the tea bowl, this essay discusses the current global climate and how it relates to our relationship with each other and art.

  • A Bowl For All Seasons
  • Artist Spotlight:

    Kodai Ujiie's Contemporary Kintsugi
    Artist Spotlight:

    Kodai Ujiie, currently exhibiting at Tokyo Ippodo Gallery’s 6th New Birds Flying group show until January 31, 2021, is one of the youngest and most refreshing artists in the Ippodo Gallery collection. This journal goes into detail on his inspiration, development of his visual language, and highlights a few of his pieces. 

  • Unique Surfaces

    A Survey of Tokyo Ippodo Gallery Artists
    Unique Surfaces
  • Welcoming The New Year With Ippodo Gallery

    Happy New Year! 

    Ippodo Gallery team hopes that this year is a lot brighter and warmer than the last!

    To welcome the new year and all our friends and supporters, we feature a carefully curated selection of pieces from Tokyo Ippodo Gallery to share with you for this week's Journal. 

  • Oshōgatsu 御正月:

    Welcoming the New Year
    Oshōgatsu 御正月:
  • Altered Forms

    Ribbing, Faceting, and Molding
    Altered Forms

    Three different ways to alter a ceramic form explained through Ippodo Gallery's artists. 

  • Tōji 冬至: The Winter Solstice
  • A Slender Silhouette:

    On Ippodo Gallery’s Tall Forms
    A Slender Silhouette:

    A look through the various tall forms from Ippodo Gallery artists featuring artists Koichiro Isezaki, Hafu Matsumoto, and Yui Tsujimura.




  • Ash Glazes

    on Yui Tsujimura's Natural Ash Glazes
    Ash Glazes

    A brief overview on the methods and applications of Ash Glaze featuring our artist, Yui Tsujimura and his signature, natural ash pieces.

  • Japanese Lacquer

    An Overview
    Japanese Lacquer
  • Stoneware and Colorants

    On Iron Oxide
    Stoneware and Colorants

    A deeper look into the techniques and materials of Ippodo Gallery's ceramic artists. 

    This week we feature specifically red iron oxide and its effects on the clay body and glaze.

  • Black Glazes

    Tenmoku, Raku, and Oribe
    Black Glazes

    Looking through Ippodo Gallery’s tea bowl collection, we have a variety of different glazing techniques, textures, styles, and forms across all the different ceramic artists. 


  • Shino Glaze

    An introduction to the Shino glaze technique
    Shino Glaze
  • About Glass

    A Short Introduction to Glassblowing Technique
    About Glass

    Ippodo Gallery's weekly journal feature introduces Glassblowing. Coinciding with Laura de Santillana's exhibition, Through Her Eyes: In Memory of Laura de Santillana. 

    A short and concise view on the techniques of glassblowing, this journal discusses Free-blowing and Mold-blowing techniques. 

  • by Shoko Aono
    A Letter to Laura

    A personal letter from Ippodo Gallery director Shoko Aono to her late friend and artist Laura de Santillana. This letter precedes Ippodo Gallery's October - November exhibition, Through Her Eyes: In Memory of Laura de Santillana. 

  • Intricate Painting:

    A Brief Look into the Technique of China Painting
    Intricate Painting:

    China painting was first developed in China during the 7th-8th century. The main types of China painting include underglaze and overglaze. This Journal goes into detail about the two types of China painting, paired with examples from Ippodo Gallery's artists.

  • Suiboku-ga:

    Ink Wash Painting and Tadataka Kishino


    Samsara: Sculptures by Sho Kishino includes five ink wash paintings made by the artist’s father, Tadataka Kishino, a renowned practitioner of this style. Tadataka’s works are careful studies of space and nature. Tadataka’s works focus on the drawn line and tonal value of the ink, using the empty space of the bare washi paper or silk canvas to suggest physical space such as the sky or a body of water. In his sculpture, Sho Kishino draws inspiration from this practice in a literal sense by incorporating the physical space that his works occupy into their composition.



  • The Rebirth of Wood

    A Look Inside Sho Kishino's Studio
    The Rebirth of Wood

    Sho Kishino invites us into his studio.

    A look into the space of inspiration for a sculptor, we are offered a different lens in which to understand the production of his work. The humility, resourcefulness, and care for his pieces and practice are all reflected through his studio space.

    It is through this careful documentation that the viewer can see the tidy and meticulious personality of Kishino; one that is reflected in precise and organic carving. 

  • Chōyō no sekku | September 9

    Chrysanthemums on the Double Ninth Festival
    Chōyō no sekku | September 9

    A deep tradition runs throughout East Asian cultures of ascribing certain numbers and dates with innately auspicious or inauspicious qualities.

    The Japanese holiday Chōyō no sekku, or the Double Ninth Festival, is observed on the ninth day of the ninth month. As the greatest single-digit, odd number, nine is believed to possess an excess amount of Yang; the “double nine” of Chōyō no sekku creates an atmosphere of imbalance. But through ritual and prayer, observers of the holiday transform the day’s “excess of Yang” (chōyō) into an auspicious occasion. 

    Celebrated since the ninth century, Chōyō no sekku also signals the transition of the seasons and commemorates the autumn rice harvest and its accompanying bounty. Historically, Chōyō no sekku was observed according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and is now marked annually on September 9th. 


  • Obon

    A Late Summer Festival
  • In Detail

    Takashi Tomo-oka's Washi Prints
    In Detail

    A detailed look into the materials used in Takashi Tomo-oka's delicate and minimal prints.

  • Capturing Patience

    The Philosophy of Nature in Takashi Tomo-oka's Photography
    Capturing Patience
  • Natural Glazes of Yui Tsujimura

    ippodo gallery presents new pieces by yui tsujimura

  • About the Series

    Koichiro Isezaki
    About the Series

    Ippodo Gallery’s spring artist Koichiro Isezaki's series of provocative, sculptural, yet minimal, vessels and forms.

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