Analyzing Pottery: Glazes

Dec 6, 2016

Analyzing Pottery: Glazes

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Dec. 10-Feb. 12 Pottery is a complicated process involving mixing and fine-tuning clay, creating and refining vessels or sculptures, and then developing and applying glazes before firing. Though glazing is one of the final steps of pottery that is often used to decorative effect, ...

Kanjiro Kawai sculpted a new vision of pottery

Oct 4, 2016

Kanjiro Kawai sculpted a new vision of pottery

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Japan’s history of ceramics stretches back for millenniums, with most spinners of clay remaining nameless. One star, however, did shape a new world of pottery: Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966). Kawai left us 50 years ago this autumn. Thankfully, though, he bestowed upon us some of ...

Testing the culinary limits of Arita Pottery

Oct 30, 2015

Testing the culinary limits of Arita Pottery

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For a few weeks in August and September, Yoshiyasu Harada hardly slept a wink. The young master potter of Kichiemon Porcelain Co. Ltd., in Saga Prefecture, had been immersed in making dozens of intricate ceramic plates. In Harada’s studio shards of broken pottery cover ...

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 ...