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Tea Culture History Shaped the Pieces at Festival Arethe

The Way of Tea is much more than the single physical ceremony even most Westerners are familiar with. Chado was actually the reason that the ARETHE Festival was created in the first place. This ceremony was always actually sort of avant-garde. While the actual organization became rigidly ritualized in many cases, the actual art […]

Generations of the Kosai Name in the Ceramics Field

The Miyagawa Kosai story is quite long and complex, since there have been so many quality members of the family as well as top-class students from the line. Scholars sometimes debate which members of the family are the superior artists. This kind of debate is fruitless, since each has their own style and therefore […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]