MEET THE 2015 ARTPRIZE ARTISTS – PART 2

For centuries, functional and decorative ceramic arts in Japan have been appreciated and collected across the globe. In many ways, Japanese ceramics have become iconic references for Japanese culture at large. Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now illustrates that ceramics are a living and expanding tradition, and many of today’s leading artists are highly inventive, exhibiting great creativity in form, content and technique.

Continuing our series introducing you to the artists who are a part of our 2015 ArtPrize and fall exhibition, here are five more artists to get to know:

Yucho Kobayashi – Shigaraki Rippled Large Jar – Vote Code 61968
“As someone who actually makes Shigaraki pottery using the long-standing traditional anagama kiln, I tried to fire an organic large jar with a rippled pattern in an anagama kiln with innovation in mind.”

Shigaraki Rippled Large Jar by Yucho Kobayashi

Shigaraki Rippled Large Jar by Yucho Kobayashi

Atsuko Kubota – Pale-blue Glazed Geometric Patterned Platter – Vote Code 62522
“The geometric pattern of this blue porcelain (pale-blue glaze) platter is a continuous structure of a repeating pattern of squares rotated twice. Over the spread latticework, squares open vertical and horizontal gaps, regularly overlapping, the lattice under the arrangement of the the squares does not overlap at an angle. The process of arranging distinct geometric patterns is the same abstract expression as a music composer. Finding a new geometric effects is a great pleasure. Although such designs are readily expressed in drawing, it is very difficult in pale-blue porcelain.”

Pale-blue Glazed Geometric Patterned Platter by Atsuko Kubota

Pale-blue Glazed Geometric Patterned Platter by Atsuko Kubota

Toru Kurokawa – Garden – Vote Code 61002
“This work was created in a primitive way, with the shape, structure, patterns, and the anagama kiln being brought into effect. I wish for people to rethink their ties with nature, and wonder about their identities as a race.”

Garden by Toru Kurokawa

Garden by Toru Kurokawa

Jun Matsumura – S.S.T.P. – Vote Code 61632
“A super flat era was the background for making the tea pot. This craft evolved alongside lifestyle. In the functional designs that are selected, I incorporate the expression of my modern life in the form.”

S.S.T.P. by Jun Matsumura

S.S.T.P. by Jun Matsumura

Chiyo Nagaoka – First Stage – Vote Code 61432
“Prologue of “the form of the vessel within me” that continues to move without having to stay. Wishes and prayers are pictured as if they are spun with thread.”

First Stage by Chiyo Nagaoka

First Stage by Chiyo Nagaoka

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