• 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 […]
  • Moriyama Kanjiro is a Master when it Comes to Cutting and Shaping

    Moriyama Kanjiro is a unique Japanese artist who creates asymmetrical works that are incredibly modern. Like many postmodern Japanese artists, however, his works are still grounded in tradition and that makes him particularly well loved among a wide variety of different groups. Essentially he sculpts material by taking a perfect sphere and then cutting into […]
  • Onimaru Hekizan Comes to the Yakimono Paris Gallery

    Onimaru Hekizan is a prominent Japanese ceramic worker who has planned a very short stay in Paris. Since these sorts of individuals seldom come to visit France, it served as a very major announcement to say the very least. However, he will be in the area for a short period of time as he has […]
  • Covering the Coats and Decorations of Urushi Work

    Frequent readers of this column might very well be wishing they could learn a little more about what goes into urushi work considering the recent emphasis on the combination of urushi and yakimono in various pieces. Urushi lacquer work has been used since the Jomon period, and some people might also be familiar with another […]
  • Influences from the Work of Naoki Maeda

    Due to the fact that the Yakimono Gallery is putting several of his pieces on display, Naoki Maeda is quickly becoming something of a household name in some circles. As a result, people are starting to recognize him as a sort of leader as far as modern urushi lacquer work is considered. This is certainly […]
  • Yakimono Gallery Hosts More Contemporary Urushi Pieces with Igawa Takeshi’s Work

    Starting on March 22 the Yakimono Gallery will be hosting several notable contemporary Urushi artists. Considering the constant mention of Kurimoto Natsuki that individual perhaps needs no introduction. Of course, interesting people like Naoki Maeda are already connected with the organization in the popular imagination. Igawa Takeshi is another top individual working with he organization. […]
  • Different Modern Urushi Artists Still Draw from Similar Themes

    Some of the most interesting urushi artists are those who are quite radical. Kurimoto Natsuki is an excellent example. He graduated from the Kyoto University of Fine Arts in 1985 and finished a master’s program at the same school two years later. A solo exhibition of his urushi lacquer work was shown off at the […]
  • Yakimono Gallery Hosts Naoki Maeda’s Urushi and Ceramic Blend

    Members of the Yakimono Paris Tokyo Gallery have again decided to host a major player in the field of Japanese art. Naoki Maeda is a unique artist that combines aspects of both urushi art with traditional Japanese yakimono art. Generally these two fields are considered somewhat separate, but Maeda-sensei is an unconventional artist to say […]
  • Yakimono Paris Tokyo Gallery Hosts Kintsugi Exposition

    The Gallery Yakimono Paris Tokyo is hosting a show on an art that is still quite yet unknown in France. Kintsugi, which literally translates to golden joint, is an art that focuses on the repair of existing ceramics. The name references the fact that it involves a lacquer technique that features the actual use of […]
  • Folk-Craft Museum is Using Soetsu Yanagi’s Real Tea Yakimono Pieces

    Way back in 1955 the Japan Folk-Craft Museum held its first tea ceremony. The organizer should be no stranger to fans of the traditional art crafts. It was none other than Soetsu Yanagi, who selected some very unique tea pots for the event. He also selected unique utensils to be used alongside the pots and […]
  • Mari Tsuchiya’s Ceramic Pieces go on Public Display

    From January 21 until January 26, fans of ceramic art will be able to see the Glitter exhibition at the Tambourin Gallery in Shibuya-ku. While the name might bring to mind images of Hollywood glitz and glamor, the Glitter exhibition is actually a great deal more down to earth than this. Mari Tsuchiya is a […]
  • Simulation and Form – The Photography and Experiments of Shozo Kitadai

    “Simulation and Form – The Photography and Experiments of Shozo Kitadai” at Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki (Setagaya, Kawasaki area) (2013-10-19 – 2014-01-13) Shozo Kitadai was a core member of the pioneering inter-media group of the 1950’s “Jikken Kobo”, and as part…
  • Kabuto – The Avant Garde of a Warring Country

    “Kabuto – The Avant Garde of a Warring Country” at Sano Art Museum (Greater Tokyo area) (2014-01-07 – 2014-02-11) In the era of civil war when Nobunaga Oda, and Hodeyoshi Toyotomi after him attempted to unite the country, warriors lived by their wits, with the overthrowing of their superiors being more than a dream.
  • Raku Tea Bowls Take Center Stage at Mitsui

    Until January 25, art appreciators will be able to see the Raku tea bowls exhibition at the Mitsui Memorial Museum. The exhibition is a major yakimono ceramics show that features some select instruments from the classical tea ceremony. As the name suggests, a special exhibition of Raku tea bowls is taking center stage. Both red […]