Yakimono: Japanese Pottery and Porcelain
...and the Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Japanese pottery and porcelain, often referred to as 'Yakimono', is as beautiful as it is useful. It's also one of the world's oldest art forms dating back to the Neolithic period.
"Yakimono means fired thing. It's an important term that encompasses the entire ceramic culture of Japan," states the Japanese Pottery Information Center, which was created - and still operated - by Robert Yellin, arguably one of the most knowledgeable Japanese ceramics specialists around.
Robert Yellin, who's been living in Japan since 1984, owns and runs the Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto. He also operates and informational website and an online Japanese ceramic art gallery.
If you are interested in yakimono, whether it's for basic information or scholarly research, or if you wish to start or add to your collection, I highly recommend you contact him. His gallery is chockful of one-of-a-kind works of functional art; something for everyone at prices that range from under ¥5000 to over ¥50,000 (the pieces in the pictures above are all mine, procured at his gallery).
Can't make it to Kyoto? You can purchase online (see the links below) and have them shipped to you. Just remember to tell them Lee sent you.
Japanese Pottery Information Center
Former Deep Japan Writer