As we had the opportunity to mention before, ARETHE is a festival that provides the rare chance to enjoy contemporary art by way of the classic tea ceremony. This isn’t something that happens every day, because many people perform the tea ritual in a certain specific fashion. This is a more avant-garde style that presents […]
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 […]
The Festival Arethe will be coming to the Mizen Fine Art Gallery. Currently the organization plans to hold the festival between September 1 and October 31, 2016. This is going to be an extremely popular event, which means that those who are interested in seeing the cutting edge of tea art will certainly want […]
Miyagawa Kosai is a name that is synonymous with Kyo-yaki to many people. There’s no name that’s shaped the art more according to some scholars. Rather than debate whether or not this is true, it’s better to look at the facts and allow individual people to appreciate art within its appropriate historical context.
The oldest […]
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 […]
Between June 21-25, 2016 the Mizen Fine Art Gallery will be presenting the works of Miyagawa Kosai. These pieces are fine examples of the Kyo-yaki art, and they’re a rare breed to say the very least. It’s certainly work it to take a second look at how this unique artist got his start and […]
Mizen Fine Art is certainly quite ecstatic over the fact that Miyagawa Kosai pieces are going to be shown at the gallery. The exhibition will be held in order to celebrate 18 works that were exclusively sold from June 21-25 of this year. Several of these pieces are indeed quite notable. Those who take […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.