Soil, with wood-box
9 × 8 × 6.5 cm
This is a piece of soil the artist collected (met, and collected) on the side of the road, and the shape he created by applying a knife to just a little bit of the soil. By adding the energy of the flame, the soil becomes ” yakimono,” and beautiful changes in color and texture occur. Over a long period of time, the clods crumbled from rock to soil and crumbled to the roadside. A piece of earth.
“The Earth Collection 2020” by Takayuki Watanabe, a ceramic artist who lives and works in the mountains of Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is named “Kakera,” “Nohara,” and “Kubomi,” all of which are created by collecting and reconstructing parts of the earth.