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Japanese Ceramics

Takeuchi Kouzo: Modern Remains, 2006, Glazed porcelain
/ Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

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

  • Niisato Akio: Luminous Vessel, 2007, Glazed porcelain, 8 1/2” x 8 1/2 ”x  9”
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Niisato Akio: Luminous Vessel, 2010, Glazed porcelain, 9” x 9” x 8 1/2”
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Niisato Akio: Black Tea Bowl , 2008, Glazed porcelain, 5” x 4 3/4”
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

  • Niisato Akio: Black Tea Bowl, 2011, Glazed porcelain, 5” x 5” x 3”
    / 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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  • Interview with Tanoue Shinya - Japanese ceramic artist, Keiko Gallery

    Interview with Tanoue Shinya - 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.

    → The interviews will be published in the first printed issue of Ceramics Now Magazine. Pre-order Issue nr. 1 - Winter 2011-2012 or subscribe for one year.

    Ceramics Now Magazine : What was the starting point in your investigation with ceramics? Do you remember your early works?

    Tanoue Shinya: When I was a student of Theology at the Doshisha University, I also belonged to the ceramic club. I was just absorbed to make something with clay in the club’s room. I worked for some textile company for two years after the graduation, and I entered Kyoto Saga Art College because I wanted to learn more throwing techniques. I remember the pieces I made in the college very well. The pieces I’ve made in my freshman year are the origins of my current series.

    Tanoue Shinya Japanese Ceramics - Contemporary Ceramics Magazine

    KARA-10: Fu- a, 2010, Glazed clay, 7” x 26” x 4 1/2” (h) - View his works

    Your works may be simple, but the details, the lines and curves of your works are very sinuous. Tell us about how do you construct your pieces.

    After creating the vessel or sculpture’s shape with coil techniques, the slip is applied on the surface. And then I groove the surface with needles one by one and at the end I rub iron into those grooves.

    The important theme of my pieces is the shell - egg shells, shells of fruits or seashells, because they are deeply related to the normal circles of life. The cobalt blue in the pieces represent the ocean, which is the origin of life on Earth.  The wombs are consideres to be the shell of human beings, so if I could express in my pieces the memories of leaving the wombs (leaving forever the protective and comfortable feeling), it would be wonderful.

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  • Interview with Niisato Akio - Japanese ceramic artist, Keiko Gallery

    Interview with Niisato Akio - 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.

    → The interviews will be published in the first printed issue of Ceramics Now Magazine. Pre-order Issue nr. 1 - Winter 2011-2012 or subscribe for one year.

    Ceramics Now Magazine : You are about to start working as artist in residence at the Harvard Ceramic Studio. What do you hope you’ll learn from this experience?

    Niisato Akio: I am very interested in the different perspectives on craft art, especially Ceramics between US and Japan. I feel that the vessels are more appreciated in Japan rather than US, as well as the ceramic art itself. I would like to know why and I will research on these issues during my stay at Harvard. I am looking forward to seeing new people who will give me a lots of inspiration.

    Niisato Akio Japanese Ceramics

    Luminous Vessel, 2008, Glazed porcelain, 5” x 5” x 10” - View his works

    Ceramics Now Magazine: The lightness and pureness of your works makes them unique. Tell us more about how do you make them.

    Niisato Akio: White is a simple color, but it can express the subtle nuance between sensibility/ pureness and lights/ shadows.

    After I throw the pieces, they are razed as thin as possible, and then I drill the holes with an electric drill, one by one.

    After the firing, I sand the surfaces and the glaze is applied manually into the holes. Another glaze is applied all over the surfaces with a compressor and then the pieces go into the kiln at 2246(F). It is not so easy to make the smooth surface with a single firing, because the holes absorb the glaze very easily, so they need to be fired two or three times to get a nice result.

    Niisato Akio Japanese Ceramics - Ceramics Now Magazine

    Luminous Form, 2008, Glazed porcelain, 12” x 8 1/2” - View his works

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  • Interview with Hayashi Shigeki - Japanese ceramic artist, Keiko Gallery

    Interview with Hayashi Shigeki - 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.

    → The interviews will be published in the first printed issue of Ceramics Now Magazine. Pre-order Issue nr. 1 - Winter 2011-2012 or subscribe for one year.

    Ceramics Now Magazine : Constructing your figurative pieces with such delicacy takes a lot of time. Can you tell us more about the process? What materials do you use?

    Hayashi Shigeki Japanese Ceramics - Ceramics Now MagazineHayashi Shigeki: I make the prototypes with regular clay and make plaster casts for them. Then I pour the plaster, modify those plaster masters very carefully and create second plaster casts. Then I pour the slip into them and throw the remaining slip away. After taking the pieces out from the cast, I work on some final details and then put them into the kiln for the biscuit firing. I sand the biscuit surfaces and then second fire them at 2246 degrees (F). Additional decorations with gold or silver are added and then fired again at 1472(F). All the parts are assembled with epoxide-based adhesive and bolts. The latest work consists in forty parts. I am using thirty four different kinds of casts which are from two to seven split molds. Since I don’t have any assistancy, all the processes are done by myself. For my latest work, it took me nine months to make the casting process and one month for the firing and assembling process.

    Hayashi Shigeki Japanese Ceramics

    00, 2011 (white bike), Glazed porcelain, 32” wide - View his works

    Your works look like tiny sophisticated robots. What do they represent? What message are you trying to send to the viewers?

    They are characters in my imaginary science fiction world. Each audience may receive different kind of messages from my work. Someone will think positive about the future, bot others will feel my warning messages.

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  • Interview with Takeuchi Kouzo - Japanese ceramic artist, Keiko Gallery

    Interview with Takeuchi Kouzo - 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.

    → The interviews will be published in the first printed issue of Ceramics Now Magazine. Pre-order Issue nr. 1 - Winter 2011-2012 or subscribe for one year.

    Ceramics Now Magazine : In your career as a ceramic artist, you took the challenge of using white porcelain in constructing complex geometrical systems. Tell us more about the motifs of your work.

    I want to make people feel the passage of time over my pieces. When people see the remains of a culture or decayed buildings, they evoke special emotions. I want to express not only the ruins themselves, but also the atmosphere surrounding them and their strong presence. In other words, I want the audience to feel exactly how I felt when I looked at the destroyed buildings and ruins.

    Takeuchi Kouzo Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

    Modern Remains D II, 2006, Glazed porcelain, 21” x 22” x 9” - View his works

    In what techniques do you usually work and what materials do you use?

    The pieces are made out of porcelain clay. I make many hollow square tubes with slip casting and compose them before they get dry. After the biscuit firing, I apply the glaze and put them into the kiln at 2264 (F). I use the electric kiln for my white pieces.


    Time is something you’ve embraced when constructing (or deconstructing) your works. What’s your works’ relation with time?

    The geometric dense squares represent man-made buildings and I considered that the pieces might be able to embrace time if I break them, because the decayed geometric construction might evoke us about our far future. Since the color of white shows the lights and shadows clearly and dramatically, it maximizes the pathos and emotion of the modern ruins.

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  • Kawabata Kentaro: Spoon: Female, 2011, Glazed clay, 50” x 13” x 9”. Photo by Taku Saiki.
    / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists

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