When you collect these works, you’re collecting pieces of the earth. Japanese ceramic artist Takayuki Watanabe lives in the mountains of Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, where he makes a living creating ceramics. The crystal-shaped work “Kakera” (In English: Fragments) was made by collecting fallen fragments from when stone turns to clay, adding a little shape, and then baking it without kneading the clay. This straightforward act of returning clay back to stone really makes one feel the raw beauty of the earthenware he pursues. Interestingly, the piece titled “Nohara” (In English: Fields) is made using grass and flowers. It’s fascinating that he, a known potter, would create a piece that isn’t baked, but perhaps the act of plucking grass that grows from the soil and boiling it over a wood fire isn’t too far off from pottery. The piece “Kubomi” (In English: Hallow) highlights the act of pottery making itself. It shows the scene of baking outdoors, in which mud is poured into a hollow made in ash, over which firewood is then placed to burn. Its “catching” form serves as a metaphor for vessels, as if to return to the starting point of earthenware. Most of the works fit in the palm of one’s hand, and when lined up they can truly be seen as specimens of our earth. In a world overflowing with things, why do people continue the art of creation? This exhibition touches upon Takayuki Watanabe’s way life.
*Each piece is affixed with coordinates of where its materials were gathered. If you plug these coordinates into Google Earth, you can travel to these locations. In addition to being a record of the creator’s work, it also serves as a special way for the person who secured the piece to enjoy it.
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Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing
1981 Born Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. 2000 Graduated Meisei University. Currently living and working in Shizuoka prefecture.
Earth Collection 2020
6, June, 2020 sat - 21, June, 2020 sun
12:00 - 18:00（Last day close on 17:00）
23, Jul sat – 10, Aug sun Alana Wilson（Ceramic）
29, Aug sat – 13, Sep sun Kazumi Kawai（Ceramic）
10, Oct sat – 24, Oct sat Yuko Ikeda（Ceramic）
7, Nov sat – 22, Nov sun Shun Kumagai（Glass）