Kyushu Ceramic Museum

I recently ordered the first 3 books in the Shibata collection series. Great books, a must have if you like Imari. The museum, Kyushu Ceramic Museum,   click the link and then scroll down you will see links for PDF files in other languages,  sent me a list of available books that I will translate here. The translations are approximate, basically to get the gist of the title. There are a couple that I am unsure of the reading.   To order you must fax an order to them so if you don’t have rudimentary Japanese skills it will be difficult. I don’t know if they are set up for any English orders.

Here is a list of the books available along with the price and weight to help determine shipping. The weight will also help you determine page count. I have the Shibata books #1, #2 #3. #1 weighs 1,280 grams and has 256 pages,  #2 weighs 1,810 grams and has 446 pages, #3 weighs 970 grams and has 191 pages.

How to appreciate Ko Imari. Parts 1,2,3,4,5.  Part one is on types of ware, Part two is on how they were made, part three is on decoration, part four is on the kilns, part five is on shape and how to use them. 800 yen per book, they are roughly 40 pages, lots of pictures, all Japanese.

The next of the series is the Shibata collection. There are 8 books in the series plus a volume of selected works. The books are from 4,000 yen for the selected works volume to 2,000 yen for number 3. They are hefty books, most weighing in at over 1 kilo, the heaviest 2,380 grams.

Pictorial book of masterpieces. 2,600 yen, 920 grams.

Clay and flame. There is a Japanese and an English version of this book. 1,000 yen, 150 grams.

Arita ceramics, an overview. 300 yen, 100 grams.

Research Journal, #3, #4, #5, 1,000 yen, 400 grams.

The collection of Kyu Takatori tei. `1,500 yen, 600 grams.

The Shogun’s collection of Nabeshima, 2,800 yen, 1230 grams.

A collection of contemporary ceramics from Hizen. 2,000 yen, 880 grams.

Hakuu collection. This might be read as Shiroame collection. 1,000 yen, 300 grams.

Famous ceramics from Arita. 2,500 yen, 980 grams.

The road to (of) Ko Imari. 3,000 yen, 1270 grams.

Kakiemon. 2,500 yen, 920 grams.

Ceramics of Okinawa. 2,500 yen, 1020 grams.

Culture and ceramics, the catalog from the show. 3,000 yen, 870 grams

Famous piecs from the Topcupkyuden. 2,300 yen, 860 grams.


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4 Responses to “Kyushu Ceramic Museum”

  1. Dean Kelly Says:

    Dear Togeii,

    Thank you for posting the information. I am interested in ordering the shibata books as well as maybe some others. How would I go about getting an order form. I see their email address is posted. I guess I can just try sending an email and see if they respond.

    I fing your blog very interesting. I deal alot in Japanese and Chinese items and it is always nice to find a kindred spirit. I especially liked your blog about the auction.


  2. Toby MacManus Says:

    Dear Togeii,

    I’m very pleased to find your to find your weblog and account of the Kyushu ceramic museum. The books sound fascinating. Dean (above) used them to help me identify a green Arita plate from the 19th century, not celadon I’m afraid but still interesting and a pleasure to have.

    We both belong to a Japanese ceramics group (open access) on my facebook site. Do take a look if you are interested and have time.



  3. Aaron Messing Says:

    The entire Shibata Collection cataloges can be purchased through The Paragon Book Callery, Chicago,IL

    There are now eight volumes.


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