Category Archives: Modern Potters

The 11th Annual Shohin Pottery Competition (2)

There were many other notable artists and favorites in this year’s exhibition who didn’t win awards.  Let’s take a look at a few I found interesting.       My friend Ruban Yu of Taiwan entered a nice set of 3 … Continue reading

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The 11th Annual Shohin Pottery Competition (1)

Every year I look forward to Gafu Ten and the results of the big pottery competition and exhibition that is held there each year.  For articles on the previous exhibitions, click the over to the Table of Contents page under … Continue reading

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Classical Glazes Part 1: The Many Faces of Namako

Dating to the Kowatari era, Namako(Nuh-mah-ko), or Sea Cucumber glaze, is one of many Classical Glazes still in use today.  Along with Kinyo(baby blue), Ki(Yellow), Tenmoku, and various Canton glazes, Namako is one of those glazes every Contemporary Japanese artist … Continue reading

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Kutani Aritomo

Kutani Aritomo was born in Hokkaido in 1984, making him 31 years old this year.   Once we take a look at his work, you’ll see that that is very relevant. Aritomo earned degrees from the Hokkaido University of Education … Continue reading

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The Yokohama Guild

In 1973, a meeting at the home of Uchiyama Choju had some very auspicious results. A joint meeting of the Kakkuken Association of wood fired pots and the Tenji Kai Soku Bai(Association for sale and display) ended in argument about … Continue reading

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Kutani Ikko 3

There are several contemporary painters of Bonsai pottery whose works are celebrated and lauded, and rightfully so: Itou Gekkou, Fujikake Yuzan, and Tsukinowa Shousen, just to name a few. But, to my eye, no painter quite comes close to the … Continue reading

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Echizen Hosui 2, or, The Difference Between a Copy, and Homage, and a Forgery

Today we’ll take a second look at the work of Echizen Hosui, and take a look at the subtle difference between a Copy, a Forgery, and an Homage. For our first look at Hosui, you can look back here: Echizen … Continue reading

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