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Kawabata Kentaro: The Mouth is the gate of the Evil, 2005, Glazed clay, Photo by Taku Saiki.
/ Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Jorie Johnson (Joi Rae): Gourd Runner I table center/tatami series, natural color and vegetable-dyed wool, flax, kudzu fiber, skeletal leaves. Photo by Toyoda Yuzo.
    Surrounded by lots of lovely Japanese ceramics I wanted a new way to initiate conversations between the clay objects, textiles and the room interior.  In order to protect the table top, tray surfaces or tatami from rough ceramic bottoms I designed a group of felt textiles to solve the problem.  Also, the clay, grass fibers, trees and sheep all exist in the same environment so I found that the combination of materials was very simpatico and coordinated naturally together in almost any interior setting. Nice with clay pots, glass vessels and wood.
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Jorie Johnson (Joi Rae): Square Mats: Beige 2009, natural color and vegetable-dyed wool, flax, skeletal leaves. Photo by Toyoda Yuzo.
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Takeuchi Kouzo: Modern Remains (detail), 2010, Glazed porcelain
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Takeuchi Kouzo: Modern Remains #2, 2010, Glazed porcelain / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

    Takeuchi Kouzo: Modern Remains #2, 2010, Glazed porcelain
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Murata Yoshihiko: Silhouette 02, 2010, Maple wood, lacquer, 8” x 2 3/4” x 1 1/2”
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Murata Yoshihiko: Ornamental Creature 07, 2008, Maple wood, lacquer, 4” x 4” x 3/4” each
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Niisato Akio: Luminous Form, 2008, Glazed porcelain, 12” x 8 1/2”
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Niisato Akio: Black Tea Bowl, 2011, Glazed porcelain, 5” x 5” x 3”
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Mariko Husain: Necklace, 2011, Sterling silver, 18” (L)
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Takeda Asayo: Sculpturesque Purse, 2009, Cotton, leather
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Interview with Kawabata Kentaro - Japanese ceramic artist, Keiko Gallery

    Interview with Kawabata Kentaro - Japanese ceramic artist represented by Keiko Gallery, October 2011

    The special feature in partnership with Keiko Gallery includes interviews with 10 Japanese artists represented by Keiko, and many images with their works.

    → This interview is featured in Ceramics Now Magazine - Issue One, Winter 2011-2012.

    Ceramics Now Magazine
    : You were among the first contemporary Japanese artists to combine ceramics and glass when constructing a new work. How did you start to connect these materials?

    Kawabata Kentaro: I wanted to to extract the ingredients from the glaze and embed them into the clay. For example, I tried to use fragments of smashed glass bottles, feldspar, silica stone and beachsand in my white porcelain works, and I did that by mixing these fragments with the glaze. I also wanted to observe the chemical reactions between those materials and the clear glaze after the firing. Throughout these experiences, I was fascinated about the harmony of the different kinds of translucency between glass and white porcelain. I also love touching the unfired clay with bits of glass inserted into it, and I want to get the similar feeling after the firing. I want to constantly develop my work, so I am still looking for new glazes and new kinds of glass as well as interesting materials which go well with my style of work.

    Kawabata Kentaro Japanese Ceramics - Contemporary Ceramics Magazine

    Batista, 2011, Glazed clay, glass, silver, 26” x 18” x 12 1/2”. Photo by Taku Saiki - View his works


    What is your present project and how do you make the pieces? Tell us more about the process.

    Now I am trying to construct a few sculptures using slip casting. After making several different kinds of plaster casts, I connect them. I use my original technique in my newest works, which consists in applying small clay balls and sand on the surface.

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