Summer Greetings from Mishima,
It’s been an unusually cool beginning of summer here in Japan; even Mt.Fuji still has a full topping of snow, the likes I’ve not seen before. All in all, a glorious time of year here in Japan and we hope the same to all our gallery followers the world over.
Our Newly Redesigned Website
As many know, we’ve launched a new web gallery with a marvelous new design and format. Part of this newly designed layout is a stand-alone exhibition page and we have our first exhibition all uploaded and ready for viewing!
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The Kanzaki Shiho Exhibition
Kanzaki Shiho (b.1942) is a living legend for Shigaraki- Iga and he’s known around the world with works in major museums. He’s been featured on the covers of many ceramic magazines (Ceramic Art and Perception #32, Ceramics Monthly Summer ’97, among others) as well as having a recent documentary made about his life.
What is unique about Kanzaki is his firings and the results he gets from a long firing of his anagama; his Buddhist nature also plays a deep part in his works—his home is also a Buddhist Temple. He keeps his forms ‘simple’ to allow the brilliance of the shizen-yu (natural ash-glazes) to dazzle the senses, and that they do! Matched with the richness of the tsuchi-aji (‘clay flavor’) Kanzaki’s works are truly in a class alone for anagama firings.
I visited Kanzaki in late May and selected 20 works, we hope they brighten your day with the brilliance of Kanzaki’s shining shizen-yu.
Our Former Online Gallery
Our former online gallery is still alive online and works offered there will slowly make their way to the new gallery, please do bookmark the site at http://www.trocadero.com/japanesepottery/catalog.html . Before they do make the switch I’m taking offers on most works to ease my work load, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
What’s Coming Up
On tap we have a Shimura Noriyuki ‘Power of Myth’ exhibition later in June, and other exhibitions to be announced for the fall. As always new works are listed on the gallery almost each weekday, even I’m not sure what those are each week and that surely keeps things interesting and magical. Newly listed highlight are a huge jar by Uchida Koichi, a tall red painted jar by Wakao Toshidada and a new form from Tanoue Shinya; we hope you enjoy viewing these works along with the Kanzaki Shiho exhibition.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or constructive criticism on the new gallery—of this nifty new e-letter format—please do email me at the email address noted above.
With deep thanks and appreciation for all your interest and support; my staff and I send our best regards from Japan.
3-2-18 Omiya-cho, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka, Japan,411-0035
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