• Tanoue Shinya Makes Pieces Inspired by Shell Shapes

    Tanoue Shinya always stresses that one of the important themes for his pieces is the concept of the shell. Shells and husks of fruit, seashells and eggshells are all commonly parts of his inspiration. These shells all represent the circles of life to the artist, since the shell is connected with those things that create […]
  • Tanoue Shinya Brings Ceramics to the Mizen Art Gallery

    Tanoue Shinya is the latest ceramics artist to receive a healthy promotion on behalf of the Mizen Art Gallery, and an exhibition of his work will start with a bang. There is an opening reception on May 26. Until then, though, it might be useful to take a look at some of the things that […]
  • Influences of the Mingei Movement in the Field of Ceramics

    Once again, the Mingei movement was extremely influential in so many fields as well as in ceramic. Yanagi Souetsu was a philosopher who stressed the value of traditional Japanese crafts quite a bit. Hamada Shoji and Kanjirou Kawai followed along, become the other two amongst the first three masters of this elegantly simple style. Naturally […]
  • Bringing Ceramic Art from Okinawa into the Modern Era

    Pottery continued to grow and transform throughout all of history in Okinawa. Nothing really ever stands still in the field of the arts. This was also true of this kind of pottery of course. The same was true of Okinawan ceramics during the Taisho period. By this point many people had become familiar with merchandise […]
  • The Contrasts of Potters in Okinawa

    More than anything, the pottery of Okinawa has been distinguished by the high contrast of bright colors as well as its unique indigenous style. It certainly incorporates outside ideas, but stands quite separate from others. What makes the collection at the Mizen Art Gallery so interesting, though, is that it actually is available for private […]
  • Okinawa’s History Shaped Individual Ceramic Art Pieces

    Anyone who might have taken a particularly strong interest in the recent exhibition of the pottery of Okinawa at the Mizen Art Gallery is encouraged to send e-mail to us. They can receive the full catalog of pieces in that way. For now, though, it may be fruitful to examine a few pieces from the […]
  • Different Forces Shape Ceramics in Okinawa

    As the Mizen Art Gallery has been enjoying the presence of major works of Okinawa ceramic art, it might be a good time for some history. Free and dynamic art styles became widely incorporated into the Japanese artistic movement known as Mingei. This period marked a return to simple and solid concepts. Shapes designed during […]
  • Mizen Art Gallery Introduces Okinawa Ceramics Collection

    Between Thursday April 28 and straight on through May 12, the Mizen Art Gallery will have the honor of introducing a seldom viewed collection of ceramic pieces from Okinawa. It isn’t often that these pieces are put on display outside of the Japanese prefecture by any means. This should therefore be looked at as quite […]
  • The Exhibition Wu Wei Showcases the Calligraphy of Yoshimoto Shofu

    On April 15, 2016 the Mizen Art Gallery will host the Exhibition Wu Wei, which features the calligraphic art of Yoshimoto Shofu. This won’t be the first time that the gallery has honored this particular artist. Back in 2014 the Mizen Fine Art Gallery was promoting the artist, and work from the artist was exposed […]
  • Asia Society Promotes Kamakura Period Sculptures

    The altogether too brief Kamakura period showcased art that juxtaposed fascinating Buddhist divinities alongside of modern notions of artistic realism. Asia Society recently featured an exhibition that covered this time period in Japanese history, and it featured many different representations of Buddhist divinities in vibrant styles. An approximately 22-inch tall head of a guardian with […]
  • Inside the Mind and Techniques of Tomoyuki Hoshino

    Tomoyuki Hoshino says that he really gets into the feel of the clay that he works with, and that being aware of the histories and traditions that are involved in the making of ceramics is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to getting him ready for doing work. Harmonizing with the clay when […]
  • Tomoyuki Hoshino Shows Off Anxious Contemporary Ceramics

    Tomoyuki Hoshino is no stranger to art exhibitions, but the new show that runs from January 28 until February 11, 2016 at the Mizen Fine Art gallery is something new in its own right. The artist has chosen « Anxious » as the theme for the exhibition, which is an interesting choice considering the fact that ceramic […]
  • Close Look at Fukumoto Fuku’s Ceramics Art Works

    Fukumoto Fuku was featured in many places before the Mizen Gallery of Art featured her pieces in person. At one point they had a feature written up on her in Ceramics: Art and Perception, which is an honor in its own right. Ms. Fukumoto remarked that the use of both exterior white glaze and interior […]
  • One of the biggest pieces of news in the art world right now is the fact that the Musée Rodin just reopened on November 12. The museum, dedicated to Auguste Rodin and his famous bronze pieces, was in bad shape and required major restoration work. This isn’t the first time that it had some difficulties, […]
  • Life and the Universe of Yamamoto Junko

    Yamamoto Junko creates pieces that all have to do with life in some way. André Malraux, who is quite famous in some circles for his experimental French fiction, used to say something like « Life is worthless, but nothing beats life. » While life is incredibly important, few people would actually be able to define it. The […]
  • Ice Flower is the name that’s been given to the current exhibition of the ceramic art pieces made by the famous Fukumoto Fuku. Her art is, of course, being placed on display at the Gallery Mizen in Paris. Each of her pieces genuinely does have some features that art observers would often associate with flowers. […]
  • Kurimoto Natsuki Provides Unique Urushi Lacquerware Pieces for Mizen Display

    Between Steptember 19 and October 10, 2015 art appreciators were treated to a special exhibition of lacquerware held at the Mizen Gallery. The exhibition featured pieces taken straight from the universe of Kurimoto Natsuki. This isn’t something that most people get a chance to see regularly. This exhibition got to show off the rare urushi […]
  • Sasai Fumie Shows Off Modern Urushi Pieces

    On Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sasai Fumie completed her extension of the lacquer exhibition that was held at the Mizen Fine Art gallery. Sasai Fumie is a contemporary artist who works in the laquer medium. She’s also a Professor of the field of Art at the University of the Arts in Kyoto. While urushi lacquer […]
  • Ballades en Terres – Scupltures by Shozo Michikawa

    The French ride of SHOZO MICHIKAWA started at gallery MIZEN Fine Art on October 17th. Its terracotta sculptures seems like sharing a glamourous swing with the public. Collectors as well as refined aesthetes are invited to discover these inspired earthenware clays of the Japanese volcanic earth.
  • Shozo Michikawa Brings His Terracotta Sculptures to France

    Shozo Michikawa started his French tour at the Mizen Gallery of Fine Art on October 17. His terracotta sculptures have certainly started to enjoy some popularity with the artwise public for sure. Collectors as well as connoisseurs are both invited to view these unique pieces made from a certain type of earthenware clay that has […]
  • Looking at Snow Country by Kawabata Yasunari

    It may help readers to better understand the story of Snow Country by Kawabata Yasunari. The novel tells the tale of a love interest that occurs at a remote hot springs onsen in Yuzawa, though the author doesn’t actually ever give the town a name in the book itself. Men traveling to the town would […]
  • Shofu Yoshimoto Makes Calligraphy Art Tempered by Litearture

    Calligraphy is an art form that’s somewhere between writing and painting, which makes it all the more lovely. It combines aspects of the expressive power that comes with words as well as the extreme impact that’s made by a piece of visual art. Shofu Yoshimoto-sensei’s art is both feminine and bold. It’s delicate and yet […]
  • Putting together Inauemon Pieces

    Those who have been following the Paris Yakimono Gallery for some time now have noticed the recent emphasis on Tamba pieces. There are the Noborigama and Anagama exhibitions, and the entire Inauemon Tamba Yaki exhibition runs through May 18. This is giving people an incredible opportunity to see tamba in a way that they haven’t […]
  • Michikawa Shozo’s Work goes on Display

    Those who regularly follow art headlines have probably seen now that Michikawa Shozo had been attending an ArtCeram exhibition in April. While this is certainly big news for those who are familiar with Michikawa’s work, those who might not be as familiar with it may not realize just why this is so important. Regardless, it’s […]
  • The Unique Forms and Styles of Uenaka Tsuyoshi-sensei

    Those who had an opportunity to see the recent event at the Yakimono Paris gallery are probably itching to learn a little more about Uenaka Tsuyoshi. The artist in question is a truly famous modern Japanese potter who primarily continues to work in the tamba yaki scene. This has made his work particularly attractive to […]
  • Returning to the Town of Tamba

    Tamba in Hyogo has become a major event over the years. The pottery has also developed multiple names as well. Tachikui was the original place of origin for the style, so sometimes one might still see it referred to as tachikui yakimono. Those origins are quite interesting in their own right. The origins stretch back […]
  • A First Look at Tamba in Hyogo

    Tamba in Hyogo Prefecture is perhaps one of the best-known modern cities where traditional yakimono arts continue to be a major way of life. This is perhaps ironic, however, as the town itself is still rather small. Back in 2004 the modern structure of Tamba was realigned. Sannan, Kaibara, Kasuga, Hikami, Aogaki and Ichijima made […]
  • Takatori Yaki has a History that Stretches far Back

    Onimaru Hekizan is a prominent takatori yaki artist that deserves a great deal of attention these days. Takatori yaki tea sets by Onimaru Hekizan are part of the collections of Zen Buddhist temples in Japan. For instance, the Silver Ginkaku-ji and Daitoku-ji temples in Kyoto hold pieces from Onimaru-sensei’s work in their collections. Therefore, the […]
  • Kurimoto Natsuki-sensei is a Unique Lacquer Artist in His Own Right

    Kurimoto Natsuki is an urushi lacquer artist who was born in 1961. He graduated in 1985 from the Kyoto University of Fine Arts. By 1987 that organization had granted him a master’s degree. He had a solo exhibition of lacquer work three years before that in Kyoto, which was held at the prestigious Suzuki Gallery. […]
  • Sasai Fumie’s Urushi Artwork is Coming

    Sasai Fumie is currently a lecturer at Kyoto City University of Arts, but that’s hardly all she’s done. She’s well known for her unique urushi work and other pieces of art that have made her exceptionally popular with those who appreciate great examples of fine art in the modern era. At one point Sasai-sensei even […]