Can you believe that the beautiful colors on these ceramics are exuded from within the clay? Japanese ceramic artist Midori Uchida uses a ceramic technique called carbonization firing to create beautiful “Landscape” on the surfaces of her works without any glazes or decorative clay. The changes in color that occur in her kiln create miraculous, incidental patterns, with beautiful gradations that evoke gentle natural scenery with the sky, sea, and wind. But we must remain aware that the strength of her works lie in their beautiful forms, which allow them to take in all the uncontrollable phenomena. The vessels she creates extract the scenery created by the carbon in the kiln, to clad themselves in beautiful, enrapturing overlapping colors to create “Landscape”.
“I want to invoke the feeling you get when encountering beautiful landscape and having your breath taken away, that uplifting feeling, that trembling in your heart,” she says.
Since time immemorial, people have been fascinated and inspired by the beauty of nature. All the while, we have created beauty that would not be possible by nature in our yearning for landscapes we have never seen. Midori Uchida creates such new landscapes. In this exhibition, she will be showing new work, with a focus on the blue works she has been creating in recent years. We cannot wait to see what kinds of Landscapes deepening blue yearning will bring to our gallery.
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Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing
Born in Kobe in 1983.
Graduated from the Pottery Course at Osaka University of Arts' Department of Crafts in 2005.
Completed her studies at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center in 2007.
The vessels she creates are fascinating, with mystical coincidental coloration from firing in the kiln. The curves of each vessel are meticulously formed through hand building, without using an electric wheel. The unglazed yakishime ware is beautifully burnished, giving her works a delicate earthen touch that feels as soft as a woman's skin.
11, Dec, 2021 sat - 26, Dec, 2021 sun
13:00 - 18:00
Meet the artisr: 11, Dec, 2021 sat
15, Jan, sat - 30, Jan, sun Akiko Hayashi