Porcelain horizons, modern monoliths

| Aug 31, 2005

Porcelain horizons, modern monoliths

There are works of art that, maybe only once in our lifetime, may define an era and capture life’s boundless spirit with a beauty that both moves the heart and deepens the experience of existence. A few years back at the inaugural exhibition of ...

Liberating Japan's world of ceramics

| Jul 27, 2005

Liberating Japan's world of ceramics

In the ceramic world of early 20th-century Kyoto, Chinese ceramics, not Kyo-yaki (Kyoto-style pottery) were the rage of the day, and any potter worth a spin on the wheel strove to emulate them. In form and color, the ability to perfectly copy an ancient ...

Hidden gems in clay

| Jun 29, 2005

Hidden gems in clay

Any new publication on Japanese ceramic art in English is a welcome addition to the few books on the subject. Like “Masterpieces of Modern Japanese Pottery from the Gisela Freudenberg Collection” currently showing in Frankfurt, Germany, many of these publications coincide with exhibitions and ...

Spectacular diversity of clay

| May 18, 2005

Spectacular diversity of clay

As noted in this column last month, Japanese ceramic art is finding a wider audience overseas. Many collectors search out the great potters of the past, such as Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) or Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966), while more savvy collectors are looking to find out ...

The Koreans who potted in Kyushu

| Apr 20, 2005

The Koreans who potted in Kyushu

Japan has long been fascinated with outside influences, and voraciously absorbs them in order to create something totally unique. This can be found in almost all aspects of Japanese industry and culture — and it is nowhere more apparent than in the pottery born ...

Former prime minister's pride of pots

| Feb 16, 2005

Former prime minister's pride of pots

“On a sunny day I go to the fields, and, when it rains, I read. Simple enough, isn’t it?” Sounds like the words of a cute obachan out in the countryside, but these are the words of former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa who now ...

Female potter smashes tradition

| Jan 19, 2005

Female potter smashes tradition

In Japan it is quite rare to find women woodfire potters, who make their work in a traditional anagama (tunnel kiln) or noborigama (chambered climbing kiln). The reasons are historical, as women were not allowed to do such work for fear of insulting the ...

Dreams for a perfectly set table come true

| Dec 22, 2004

Dreams for a perfectly set table come true

“Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do,” said Irish author George Moore of the good intentions that abound in life. Setting an idea in motion is often more important than the ...