Conversations in Tea: The Modern Ritual Through Ippodo Artists, Featuring Kettl Fine Japanese Tea

February 6th: 6:30 – 7:30PM

Ippodo Gallery is pleased to announce a partnership event with Kettl for our February exhibition, Conversations in Tea: Modern Ritual Through Ippodo Artists.

Kettl offers fresh rural tea from isolated areas of Japan, evolving the traditional tea ceremony by bringing the nest Japanese teas to the global community. Ippodo Gallery invites you to be a part of this evolution.

Kettl will be hosting a contemporary tea ceremony event in the gallery space tea room on February 6th, from 6:30-7:30PM.




Conversations in Tea: The Modern Ritual Through Ippodo Artists

February 6 – 24, 2020 | Opening Reception February 6th, 5-8pm

NEW YORK, NY – In between our first exhibition of the new year and participation in Asia Week NYC 2020, we present Conversations in Tea: The Modern Ritual Through Ippodo Artists. The traditional idea of the tea ceremony, the cultural and time specific ideology behind it, needs to be challenged as it does not do justice to the vibrant and contested traditions in contemporary culture.

Contemporary tea culture is a derivative of traditions of the tea ceremony in Asia. We browse, buy, drink tea every single day – the beverages consumed alone, on the way home from the train, sips while simultaneously drafting emails, are our own personal tea experiences.

The philosophy of tea can be simplified into an act of meditation and appreciation. The individual practice of tea consumption, a manifestation of drinking tea into idiosyncratic rituals, is a private act that varies from person to person. This is the definition of contemporary tea culture.

The complex modern-day tea experience is woven together by the interplay of commodities in society. You can buy tea at the grocery store: packaged in small bags, in a tin can, and even in bottles ranging from green to jasmine. From browsing to ordering, modern day tea consumption allows the consumer to participate in complex cultural conversations without being fully aware of it. The contemporary tea ceremony is a conversation of space, community, and meditation. The tea ceremony is about reflection and the conversation is an inner dialogue in which tea mediates. In our contemporary society, the more traditional movements of tea ceremony have been replaced with interactions that constitute shared experiences which have become more personalized.

Ippodo Gallery’s philosophy embraces and parallels that of the tea ceremony. In this show, Ippodo showcases contemporary tea bowls, water jars, tea caddies, and lacquer trays to promote works that represent the highest quality of Japanese aesthetics and culture. Ippodo’s  contemporary artists highlight the importance of tradition as well as its development over time. Traditions are dissimilar to art periods; they grow and flourish as our history develops. They constantly shift towards inclusion. With this exhibition, Ippodo wants to remind the world of the philosophy of tea, the flow of culture, and the beauty of community.

Partnership with Kettl Tea:


New Pieces at Ippodo Gallery January 2020

Ceramic artist Yasushi Fujihira, Having studied pottery under his father, Shin Fujihira, he went on to develop his own unique, flowing forms that are finished in a beautiful, soft, matte-silver tone. With close comparison, his forms are that similar to his father’s but carry a different sense of spirit as they hold a more metallic, unglazed appearance.

Silver and Black Glazed Tea bowl,  Yasushi Fujihira 

Silver Glazed Tea bowl, Yasushi Fujihira 

Silver Glazed Tea bowl, Yasushi Fujihira 

Tokyo Ginza Ippodo Gallery Tea House

Ippodo Gallery Tokyo has recently opened a new tea house, Gu-An in the lower level of the gallery building! 
Produced by the architect Kuniji Tsubaki, the tea room is a precious antique. Coupled with Ippodo Gallery’s artists, the space is a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary
We welcome you to our new Tea House space.
Showcasing artworks inside this elegant tea space, we offer an experience of serenity and chance for meditation, in the middle of the busy Tokyo City. 

Start of The New Year: A Visit to Shiro Tsujimura

Ippodo Gallery director Shoko Aono is currently traveling in Japan for the holidays, she is visiting many ippodo gallery artists and wishing them a happy new year.

We would love to share with you some lovely warm images from her visit with Shiro Tsujimura, master potter and dear friend.

Happy Holidays from Ippodo Gallery!



Scenes of Lightness: Works by Yukiya Izumita

Through January 24th, 2020

I transform my chaotic inner thoughts to scenery using grains of soil, place them as if they were a piece of paper, and let it change in the hands of nature.
It captures every moment and experience that has passed me by.
These are the scenes of lightness, that make my heart feel a little less heavy with a tiny wind blowing inside me.
– Yukiya Izumita
Learn more about Izumita’s process, watch the video here.

In Memory of Laura de Santillana

Ippodo gallery is saddened by the death of our dear friend Laura

de Santillana.

This past April, Laura exhibited “Moon” at Ippodo Gallery NY

and up until her passing, we were in the process of planning a

future exhibition.

Learning of Laura’s passing hurt us deeply. We have not only

lost a brilliant, talented artist but also a great friend and

supporter. Her energy transcends and her work and spirit have

inspired and brought us hope and love.

“Glass lives through light, despite what most people think, it

does not need a lot of it”

Just like how Laura’s glass sculptures transmit a beautiful soft

light, her light lives through us, glowing in our hearts and spirit.

Ippodo Gallery will continue to present Laura ’s artwork and her

philosophy, beauty, and love will live on.


Ippodo Gallery has remained devoted to the important of nature’s majesty since its inception in

1996, marrying the worlds of Japanese reverence with the New York lifeblood of impactful and

high-quality works. The New York gallery space opened in 2008 and continues to bring distinct

and meaningful Japanese art to a Western audience on the Upper East Side.


Scenes of Lightness, Works by Yukiya Izumita

December 13, 2019 – January 24, 2020
Friday, December 13, 2019

After a successful exhibition in 2017, Surface Folds, Ippodo Gallery is pleased to once again present Yukiya Izumita’s work in Scenes of Lightness. Featuring work from both his Sekisoh and Fold series; the exhibition shows Izumita’s continuous exploration of complex forms.

Izumita’s pieces exhibited carry a quality of weightlessness and ethereal flow; however, they also conjure a feeling of monumentality, like that of ancient landmarks conveying the profound passage of time. Picking up one of Izumita’s tea bowls, one can experience both a sense of lightness and weighted warmth. As layered waves push through solid forms, Izumita’s pieces breathe, like gentle wind blowing through a dense forest, his pieces remind us to appreciate the small moments of nature.

Yukiya Izumita, trained in Kokuji-ware under Gakuho Shimodake in 1992, opened his own workshop in Noda Village, Iwate Prefecture, on the border with the northern ceramic production area of Aomori Prefecture in 1995. Izumita has a lengthy career, with extensive claim in Japan. His international acclaim began when he participated in SOFA New York in 2005, in New Mexico, and finally Ippodo Gallery in both 2012 and 2017. In Japan, Izumita has been the recipient of numerous accolades such as the Excellence Award at the 20th Biennial Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition in 2009, as well as the Grand Prix at the Asahi Ceramic Exhibitions of 2000 and 2002.

His work are currently featured in the public collections of Yale University Art Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Iwate Museum of Art, and Tokonomae City Board of Education.



Yukiya Izumita: Scenes of Lightness

December 13 – January 24, 2020

Opening Reception with Artist December 13, 5-8pm


Izumita begins his day standing on a beach in the northern Tōhoku region of

Japan. He travels back and forth along the path that leads to his studio,

carrying salt-rich clay and wishing that ‘the clay could be lighter.’ Heavy and

light, living and dying, he searches for a comfortable spot, halfway between

opposites. ‘Energy is like the heart, like the beginning of the universe, it is

concentrated on the inside, then expands eternally into the outside.’ Izumita

takes the five basic elements—Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Void, perceiving

each of them as a function of vibration, awareness, flow, movement and

balance then tries to form them into shapes.


Izumita’s representative series, ‘Sekisoh Layers’ consists of numerous

interwoven layers of clay that seem to float, the dry, white glaze serving to

create a greater impression of lightness. The ‘Kikakei (Geometric)’ series

represents what are probably the structural limits that can be achieved using

clay. The process of Izumita’s creation is a journey to find the ultimate balance

between the shape he wants to produce and the physiology of the clay, his

work evolving endlessly.

– Shoko Aono, Director Ippodo Gallery




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Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Open Saturday December 14th and 22nd 12-5pm 

Ippodo Gallery New York

32 E 67th Street, New York City, NY, 10065