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Place your bid to help Japan

Mar 23, 2011

Place your bid to help Japan

When the world bears witness to tragedies on the scale of Japan’s recent disaster, it affects everyone, and it is natural to feel powerless. Many find themselves asking the question: “What could I possibly do to help?” While for most the answer is not ...

There's always art behind design

Jan 28, 2011

There's always art behind design

For some, life-changing moments involve a traumatic experience or a piercing epiphany. For others, something as simple as a teapot can elicit transformation. So it was for ceramic designer Masatoshi Sakaegi, who as a high school student in 1960 happened upon the work of ...

Nov 5, 2010

Flamenco now dancing to a very different beat

Once a year, Hiroki Sato leaves behind the bustle of Tokyo to return to the hills of Andalusia, Spain, the place where flamenco was born. He can barely walk the streets for a minute before someone calls his name, and in a village where ...

Keeping an eye on new ceramics

Jun 25, 2010

Keeping an eye on new ceramics

Places of worship take many forms, but they all share a common atmosphere. There’s a certain quietude that puts visitors at ease and a sense of other-worldliness achieved, in part, through the careful placement of precious objects on raised platforms. Kim Riyoo’s ceramic installation, ...

Molding the way for new silverwork design

Apr 23, 2010

Molding the way for new silverwork design

Raising, chasing, casting, forging, reticulation, repousse . . . even the terms that describe metalworking can be daunting to the novice, while the processes themselves prove metal to be one of the most difficult materials to tame. But what if you had a malleable ...

Delving deep beyond the merely decorative

Feb 19, 2010

Delving deep beyond the merely decorative

In a vast room with white walls and wooden floors, a lone man crouches in the corner holding a spouted container that releases tiny white crystals onto the floor in a carefully controlled flow. Making sure not to disturb the meticulously crafted lines around ...

Creativity flourishes in 'No Man's Land'

Jan 29, 2010

Creativity flourishes in 'No Man's Land'

Known for its quaint cafes and high-end high rises, the upscale neighborhood of Hiroo is home to many of Tokyo’s local and ex-pat illuminati, as well as to several foreign embassies. The area is pristine, even by Tokyo standards, and it is this refined ...

Breaking all the rules in ceramics

Aug 14, 2009

Breaking all the rules in ceramics

For many people, the term “ceramic art” conjures up the image of functional ware on a dinner table: cups and bowls filled with food and drink, or perhaps ornate European platters or wabi-sabi Japanese teapots. To others, it may mean terra-cotta figurines or simply ...

Issey Miyake's 'U-Tsu-Wa' filled with character and inspiration

May 8, 2009

Issey Miyake's "U-Tsu-Wa" filled with character and inspiration

In Japanese, the word utsuwa literally means “vessel” or “container,” but it can also be used to describe a person’s character. Someone said to have a “large utsuwa” (“utsuwa ga ookii”) is a person of high caliber or someone with tremendous capacity or generosity. ...

A series of solo shows filed together as one

Apr 10, 2009

A series of solo shows filed together as one

The term “group show” usually conjures an image of multiple meetings, shared spaces, collaborative installations and a common theme to tie it all together. “Artist File 2009,” a group show at The National Art Center Tokyo (NACT) till May 5, has none of these ...