西 十 Koju Nishioka Old delicious] Chosun Karatsu
A remarkable chawan made by the one and only humble man grand master of Karatsu pottery: Nishioka Koju. This karatsu bowl, made in the kutsu-gata (shoe-shape) style, is a wonderful example of the level of talent of the artist, with a texture varying from smooth to cracked and earthy tones ranging from light to burnt.
Nishioka Koju (1917-2006) established his kiln & due to his respect other great potters like Arakawa Toyozo and Fujiwara Kei were firing at his kiln.
One of Japan's 'hidden treasure' potters was Karatsu's Nishioka Koju(1917-2006); he was a Karatsu scholar who came to making pots later in life at the urging of Koyama Fujio. Nishioka's research into ancient Karatsu styles only deepened his own pots that are highly valued by collectors here in Japan. I wrote this for a past listing on our gallery, 'In Karatsu pottery Nishioka Koju is a living legend. He has excavated old kilns and studied the ancient ways starting in 1953. He established his kiln in 1973 and his kiln was named by the late great scholar-potter Koyama Fujio. Many other great potters made their way to Nishioka's kiln, creating and firing there; these include Arakawa Toyozo and Fujiwara Kei. In my opinion Nishioka's Karatsu is some of the finest ever seen.
posted by Robert Yellin at the time about to describe a Nishioka Work.
Name: Robert Yellin Location: Kyoto, Japan
Robert Yellin is a "Legend pottery knowledge" has lived in Japan since 1984. His passion and broad knowledge (combined with a 'good eye') in Japanese pottery has led him from collector to columnist-author to gallery owner; his gallery offers some of the finest works available in Japan online at www.japanesepottery.com or at his gallery located near the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji) in a magnificent old Sukiya-style home in Kyoto.
A highly talented potter who has been called a crownless genius due to his unwavering achievements in making and researching his own pottery, despite being the closest to a living national treasure in the history of modern Japanese pottery. It is a work, this work, which has a feeling of new without being old despite being a strongly old technical prodigy. Karatsu of Momoyama, is one of the most popular Korean Karatsu in Karatsu ware. [Korean Karatsu] is a technique where candy glaze (high iron glaze) and mottled glaze (straw ash glaze) are divided into the top and bottom. A famous bowl in a famous bowl that combines large-scale modeling and outstanding cooking, and has superb views and a gorgeous personality. A precious and intact product with box and same fabric. There is an inscription on the side of the hill. This is Koju Nishioka's Daimyo bowl.
1917 Born in Saga Prefecture
1940 Graduated from Kansai University
1953 Started to research on old kilns to reproduce old Karatsu
1971 Made a Waritake kiln under the guidance of Fujio Koyama, and name it "Kojiro Kiln"
1973 Fujio Koyama came to his kiln for pottery making
1975 Held a "Old Karatsu Pieces Exhibition" in Himeji
1976 Toyozo Arakawa came for pottery making
1980 Kei Fujiwara came for pottery making
1981 Successed to re-produce Emadara-Karatsu
Made "Koju Kiln," the name given by Toyozo Arakawa
1983 Successed to re-produce Kairagi-Karatsu
1989 Published his art book commemorate his seventybirthday
1993 Held an exhibition in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka commemorating his seventy-seven birthday
1996 Held an eighty-year-old Memorial Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department
1999 Made a "Kaga Karatsu Tatsunoguchi Kiln" in Ishikawa prefecture.
Held "Karatsu Nishioka Koju Exhibition" at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
2002 Held "Nishioka Koju and eight potters Exhibition" at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
（Imafuji Chojuro / Kato Tansai / Kosugi Kojiro / Komatsubara Masashi / Tachibana Sogi / Nishiyama Matsunosuke / Hosokawa Morihiro / Yabunouchi Jochi）
2005 Held "Nishioka Koju Tea-bowls Exhibition" commemorating eighty-eight year birthday in Toyama prefecture