Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

Feb 11, 2017

Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

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A little north of the massive Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, a slew of scattered residential settlements and visitor sites are pincered between the Torii Station Army Base and an ammunition storage facility situated in Yomitan, a region of the southern mainland, where a ...

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

Dec 20, 2016

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

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At the opening of “The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art Across Generations of the Raku Family” at The National Museum of Modern Art, in Kyoto, the current head of the Raku family, Kichizaemon XV (b. 1949), explained that the event ...

Analyzing Pottery: Glazes

/ Dec 6, 2016

Analyzing Pottery: Glazes

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Dec. 10-Feb. 12Pottery 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, it ...

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 the ...

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 a ...

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 and ...