Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

Jul 14, 2015

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

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Only a culinary visionary would declare in 1935: “If clothes make the person, dishes make the food.” He went on to explain, “Appropriate care must go into their selection, not only in terms of quality, but also to see that the size, depth, color ...

3-D printing throws ceramics into a spin

Jun 4, 2015

3-D printing throws ceramics into a spin

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Cutting-edge 3-D printing technology is changing the dynamics of Japanese ceramics as designers merge the traditional craft with a digital framework in pursuit of aesthetic refinement — and drastically reduce the time needed to create their artwork by ditching the potter’s wheel. Yuichi Yanai ...

Arts community puts Mineral Point on map

Aug 9, 2014

Arts community puts Mineral Point on map

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This tiny town is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets. Whimsical free libraries — handcrafted miniature houses that look like birdhouses filled with books — are tucked into street ...

Potter takes up 'unfinished' Arita tradition

Mar 31, 2014

Potter takes up 'unfinished' Arita tradition

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Sakaida Kakiemon XV first took on the challenge of producing Arita pottery in Saga Prefecture at the age of 26, when he finally decided to learn how to use a potter’s wheel. The 45-year-old assumed the title in February after his father, Kakiemon XIV, ...

Go potter in Mashiko

Mar 22, 2014

Go potter in Mashiko

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If a visitor to Mashiko had any doubts about the town’s dedication to pottery, the giant, iconic stoneware jar that stands near the station ticket barrier, would dispel them. Exiting the station, the large photographic images hanging on the walls — some representing renowned ...

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

Sep 28, 2013

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

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The Jomon Period of Japanese history is so shrouded in the mists of time that any bid to fathom its secrets stretches even the usual bounds of prehistoric archeology. Yet as amateurs and experts alike have continued unearthing examples of Jomon pottery and stone ...