EXHIBITION VOL.109Kazushige Tsuchida: Lacquerware
Dec. 6 - Dec. 25, 2019
Kazushige Tsuchida is s lacquer in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture. While producing his original lacquer ware with striped pattern by pressing corduroy fabric, he also makes Wajima-ware with traditional techniques. His vessel, which is lacquered over and over again wishing people's mindful lives, is solid and extremely light.
EXHIBITION VOL.108Kai Tsujimura: Pottery
Nov. 15 - Dec. 4, 2019
In a beautiful nature and the potter, Shiro Tsujimura as a father, Kai had received a ceramic education from his young age. He grew up under the influence of his father. Around the age of 18, he decided to follow the same path as his father. Looking at his works, we can notice his strong passion for the energy of the modeling and the strength of nature through the firing. His works has a fresh charm that cannot be find in old ceramics.
EXHIBITION VOL.107Takashi Tomii: Woodworking
Oct. 25 - Nov. 13, 2019
Takashi Tomii makes woodworks in Nigata pref. The fine shaving looks like crystals. His range of works have broaden more that before; in color, in shaving and in shape, his works is getting more free. The tableware for our daily life which are made in harsh and beautiful nature.
EXHIBITION VOL.106Mayumi Hamano: Pottery
Oct. 4 - Oct. 23, 2019
Mayumi Hamano makes pottery in Karatsu. She learned from the old Imari pottery and makes vessel that conveys the charm of Imari ware to the present day. She uses classic method to shape her works; she slices clay thinly and presses it on a mold. This method was used from the Edo period in Japan. Finally, she fires them in a chambered climbing kiln. In her works, there is brilliance that cannot be appreciated with old ceramics.
EXHIBITION VOL.105Akihiko Sugita : Lacquerware
Sept. 13 - Oct. 2, 2019
Akihiko Sugita makes lacquer ware in Kanazawa. His works have a reputation for the matte texture and the unique form. His works have ambience like antique that has been used with ages so that his works would match in any situation.
EXHIBITION VOL.104Michiaki Mochizuki : Bronze Sculpture
Aug. 23 - Sept. 11, 2019
He uses various techniques such as dyeing, pottery, reverse glass painting, etching, lithography, woodcarving and bronze to build his own unique world. Bronze works cast in plaster mold, requires a lot of work and looks imposing. However, it has an ambience that only the texture of bronze can have.
EXHIBITION VOL.103Tomoya Arai : Woodworking
Aug. 2 - Aug. 21, 2019
His works have both softness and powerfulness with roughly chiseled surface. Through his works, we can strongly feel his respect for trees and nature. His main concern is how to bring out the beauty of wood and make use of it. He does not make identical pieces; he gives individuality to every single one in making good use of the material's suitability and originality.
EXHIBITION VOL.102Masanobu Ando : Pottery
July. 5 - July. 17, 2019
Masanobu Ando is a ceramic artist based in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture. Seikatsu-Kougei (Lifestyle Crafts) is a movement which connects crafts and arts to our lifestyles in the modern era. At the end of last year, he published a work report collating his thoughts on Lifestyle Crafts and his 36 years of making ceramic works. He has since been working even more enthusiastically.
EXHIBITION VOL.101Yoshimichi Yoshida : Bamboo Crafts
Jun. 14 - July. 3, 2019
Yoshimichi Yoshida is a bamboo craftsman based in Azumino city in Nagano prefecture. His works, finely woven with thin strips of beautiful bamboo from Kyusyu, are delicate yet they also embrace calm energy within themselves. His flower baskets that radiate refreshing and pleasing atmosphere are the crystallization of traditional methods and his artistic sensitivity.
EXHIBITION VOL.100Tetsuya Otani: Pottery
May. 31 - Jun. 12, 2019
Tetsuya Omani is a potter based in Shigaraki. The surface quality of his work is matte, which is similar to the feel of unglazed porcelain. The theme of his work is creating contemporary tableware that could be used daily. With this theme in mind, he has designed and created tableware, such as western style plates suitable for Japanese and Western style food, and simple white hot pots without handles and any other attachments.
EXHIBITION VOL.99Masaru Kawai: Woodworking
May. 10 - May. 29, 2019
Masaru Kawai produces woodenware and furniture in Gifu prefecture. From the beginning of his career, he has been exploring the potential of conifers, while broad-leaved trees such as oak and cherry were more commonly used. He launched the brand called SOMA. Besides designing and producing products using wood from Japan, he is also organizing fieldworks and several activities that show the charm of forests and trees from various angles.
EXHIBITION VOL.98Maiko Miyaoka: Pottery
Apr. 19 - May. 8, 2019
Make Miyaoka is a potter who focuses on making blue and white porcelain ware, based in Tokyo. Inspired by early blue and white porcelain, and early Imari ware, she started making works that are reminiscent of them. Her works embrace the impression of both nostalgia and modernism. Soft lines drawn on her works are simple yet also sophisticated, therefore they bring graceful and pleasant atmosphere when placed on a table at home.
EXHIBITION VOL.97Noriyuki Furutani: Pottery
Mar. 29 - Apr. 17, 2019
Noriyuki Furutani is based in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture. As his lifework, he has been researching and developing Tenmoku glazes. Although it is hard to achieve Oil Spot Tenmoku, he has succeeded in firing it and other types of Tenmoku glazes in an electric kiln and Anagama kiln.
EXHIBITION VOL.96Yoshitake Kihira: Woodworking
Mar. 8 - Mar. 27, 2019
Yoshitake Kihira is a woodworker, based in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture. Normally wooden bowls and trays that are circular are made on a lathe, but he makes his works without using a lathe. Instead, he uses a chisel, hand planer, and sandpaper to shape his works. His method of using hand tools bring softer texture that differs from ones made with a lathe and other machinery.
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