Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now is an important exhibition for Meijer Gardens in several ways. “It continues our thoughtful examination of Japanese culture initiated with Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan and it furthers our celebration of the opening of The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden – each remarkable and meaningful events in the history of this organization” said Joseph Becherer, Vice President and Chief Curator.
Below, we introduce you to five more of the artists participating in our 2015 ArtPrize exhibition and their works.
Chika Shiraki – Life – Vote Code 61492
“Life. Being born. Growing. Living. Life. The many things that are born inside of me from hints from these things. A world in which you live in. A world which keeps you alive. A world being born.”
Seika Takahashi – Tea of Spring – Vote Code 62305
“This is the tea pottery I have been making since I was a student. By overlapping and remaking many times they have changed little by little. The feeling I had the first time I saw this tea pottery, bringing its form to reality has become the driving force of the current of my work in pottery. Twisting the lid and body together while the body and the bottom portion of the lid of the pot in the form of a race is this improved version, it is a mechanism so that the lid does not come off. The sugar pot has a mechanism that the pattern of the lid and the body fits and complimented by the spoon. The tea cup and the saucer have become uneven patterns that fit. From the shape is the image the bud of a plant, I put “spring” in the title.”
Kazuki Takemura – Growing1401 – Vote Code 61063
“In a hemisphere shaped plaster hold I put together parts which I made with the hand forming technique, and created the shape. It is strong against dry air and heat because of the cluster of hexagon shapes and the arch pattern on the cross sections. It is a geometric pattern, but is flexible in making the most of the clay’s organic nature because it was made with the hand forming technique.”
Yoko Tanaka – Storm -Night- – Vote Code 61675
“I create on the foundational theme of “turning a moment into eternity.” A moment that moved my heart is consumed within me, is replaced with porcelain using soil, believing that perhaps I might thereby be able express sheathed transience and the powerful beauty that is included in the moment. The concept of this work, based on that has to express the powerful beauty of life that wriggle at night. I created a piece with the feeling of the transience of the moment and the power of life of wriggling insects that gather to light on a summer’s evening. It is my hope that those who view this work will feel that moment becomes an eternal moment.”
Yutaka Tanaka – Mud Ring Platter – Vote Code 61622
“British old pottery slip ware charmed me as a modern Japanese to produce such a piece in my own sense.”