From now on I will publish Robert Yellin’s (wit his approval) Pottery Gallery Newsletter because he lives in Numazu City and works in Mishima City, and also sells great pottery, which is great prerequisite to gastronomy!
Greetings from Mishima,
Now in Japan is a time called tsuyu–better known as the rainy season. The weather changes quite dramatically each day withdownpours and sunshine that keeps one in humble awe at the
beauty and life giving force that nature provides.
Something that is more of a constant to bank on though is theheat, something that will surely come when the rainy seasonpasses in a few weeks. Then it’s matsuri-festival time!
With that in mind, we are delighted to offer one ceramic artistwhose works will allow you to keep cool in spirit and mind simplyby gazing upon, or better yet using the vessels; many who followour gallery know him: Ono Kotaro.
These are new works by the very-talented Ono. First, a bit aboutOno(b.1953); winner of the 4th Mashiko Ceramics CompetitionHamada Shoji Prize, he creates sleek, sharp porcelain wares. Yet,what is unique about Ono is that his porcelain has two sides toits character: at first glance, his wares look crisp and cool, like fallen snowdrops. Yet at the same time, he has instilled in
his works a delicate, warm glow that is not often found in porcelain wares. This trait can be seen especially in his three trademark glazes of Seihakuji (Bluish White Porcelain), Hakuji
(Ivory White Porcelain) and Ouji (Creamy Yellow Porcelain). Ono uses shinogi–incised lines and ridges–that give his pieces a wave-like rhythm that is uncommon in “static” porcelain. He has a
keen sense of balance and design, and retains porcelain’s elegance while simultaneously being innovative in his “soft yet sharp warmth.” He teaches ceramics at Takikawa Ceramic Center and
his exhibitions and awards include: The Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Art Crafts in Eastern Japan, Mitsukoshi Award in ’80,’83 and Encouragement Prize, ・6; Japanese Traditional Art
Crafts in Japan, Hokkaido Modern Art Museum, Sapporo’84,’85,’86, Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum’90, Fletcher Challenge, Auckland, New Zealand’94, The Exhibition of Modern Ceramics for Tea-Ceremony, Toki, Gold Prize ’95, Toki Oribe Grand Prize in 2000, Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition, ’99, Creative Sake Cup Exhibition, Grand Prize, 2000, and the aforementioned Hamada Prize, among others.
Mention should be made that an Ono Seihakuji mizusashi (fresh water jar) was acquired by the famous Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation (one of the best Japanese Art collections overseas),
and what’s more, this piece was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum’s Japan Wing.
We are offering previews of the exhibition to all those who have signed our guest book. The links are to follow and will be placed on the gallery for public viewing later this week.
Additional photos of any works will gladly be sent upon request.
Prices are noted in yen and a good web currency exchange web site can be viewed at http://www.xe.com/ucc/
We hope you enjoy viewing, and acquiring, Ono’s work; a sure wayto beat the summer heat and add a touch of beauty to the day.
Namaste and kansha from Japan.
Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery