Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

Art Dec 20, 2016

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

by Sachiko Tamashige

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 ...

Kanjiro Kawai sculpted a new vision of pottery

Art Oct 4, 2016

Kanjiro Kawai sculpted a new vision of pottery

by Robert Yellin

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 ...