Takayuki Watanabe

Earth Collection 2020

2020.06.06 Sat ー 06.21 Sun

Takayuki Watanabe, 'KAKERA' Earth Collection 2020

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

Takayuki Watanabe, 'NOHARA' Earth Collection 2020
Takayuki Watanabe, 'KAKERA' Earth Collection 2020
Takayuki Watanabe, 'NOHARA' Earth Collection 2020
Takayuki Watanabe, Earth Collection 2020
Takayuki Watanabe, Earth Collection 2020
Takayuki Watanabe, 'KUBOMI' Earth Collection 2020

PROFILE

Takayuki Watanabe
1981 Born Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. 2000 Graduated Meisei University. Currently living and working in Shizuoka prefecture.

INFORMATION

Takayuki Watanabe
Earth Collection 2020

6, June, 2020 sat - 21, June, 2020 sun
12:00 - 18:00(Last day close on 17:00)
Close:tuesday

Future exhibition

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)

Kenichi Sasakawa

KIME - texture

2020.04.11 Sat ー 05.06 Wed

Glass, Kenichi Sasawaka 2020

Kenichi Sasakawa has been involved with glasswork for many years, and he is an artist with a wide range of works, from artwork to glass ware for practical use. The “texture (in Japanse -KIME)” tittle of this exhibition is one of the important factors that attracts us to objects. With his works, there is a fascination with the gap between the smooth, glass-like texture when you touch it with your fingers, and the noise-like texture you can see. Recycled glass is a unique material that contains metal and other components mixed into it, and although its chic, gray tone may be silent, the texture of the glass when placed in a room has the power to influence the entire space’s texture. The thoughts of an industry designer or architect coexist within a single piece of glass with an artistry similar to when a potter kneads clay in pursuit of a unique form. When you place this wine glass on a table, it will surely feel like a beautiful work of art.

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Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing

Glass, Kenichi Sasawaka 2020
Glass, Kenichi Sasawaka 2020
Glass, Kenichi Sasawaka 2020
Glass, Kenichi Sasawaka 2020

PROFILE

Kenichi Sasakawa
Born in Kanagawa in 1981.
2006 M.F.A. Tama Art University ceramic, glass, and metal works
2004 B.F.A. Tama Art University Department of ceraic, glass, and metal
As of 2020, creating works in Kyoto Prefecture.

INFORMATION

Kenichi Sasakawa
KIME - texture

11, Apr, 2020 sat - 6, May, 2020 sun
12:00 - 18:00(Last day close on 17:00)
Close:tuesday

※By appointment only. Please inquire about making reservations for visit by e-mail.

Future exhibition

6, Jun sat – 21, Jun sun Takayuki Watanabe
4, July sat - 19, July sun Kenichi Sasakawa

Rando Aso

Circle

2020.03.20 Fri ー 04.01 Wed

Circle, Rando Aso 2020

The shape is circular, round, and vibrant. It’s a shape often used in religious ceremonies since ancient times and is also a shape that represents the universe and sky in Buddhist philosophy. Making a round shape with both hands is a start of creation, and a circle holds infinite imagination within. Rando Aso creates earthenware made through burning grass in a field. An earthenware is recovered from ash, where the fire still remains. As the pottery cools after touching the air, it changes its color little by little, and the beautiful texture of the earth which has not been wholly burned enchants us. It creates the impulse in us wanting to touch it. Often, earthenware is talked about in archeological texts, but his works are different and make you feel a refined modern attraction to it. That is because he doesn’t limit earthenware to archeological forms but because he explored how the earthenware he makes should be in this age. Please feel the distinct and soft expressions of the earth, powerfully colored surfaces, and the appeal of the model that makes you feel the circle.

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Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing

Circle, Vessels, Rando Aso 2020
Circle, Rando Aso 2020
Circle, Vessels, Rando Aso 2020

PROFILE

Rando Aso
Born in Nara Prefecture in 1983.
2009 Master's degree, Kanazawa College of Art
2010 Completed training at Tokoname Tounomori Institute
As of 2020, creating works in Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture.

In addition to solo show at galleries, works have been installed at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (2015), Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (2015) and so on.

INFORMATION

Rando Aso
Circle

20, Mar, 2020 fri - 1, Apr, 2020 sun
12:00 - 19:00(Last day close on 17:00)
Close:tuesday
Meet the artist :20, Mar fri and 21, Mar sat

Future exhibition

11, Apr sat – 26, Apr sun Kenichi Sasakawa
16, May sat – 31, May sun Takayuki Watanabe
6, Jun sat – 21, Jun sun Tomoko Wada

Junsuke Inatomi

Pilgrimage

2020.02.29 Sat ー 03.08 Sun

Pilgrimage, Junsuke Inatomi 2020

We will hold an exhibition “Junsuke Inatomi, Pilgrimage”. He is a ceramic artist in Japan. When meets those vessels, you will probably touch a part of a long journey known as a “pilgrimage” to beauty. Those works, which are made from ceramic, feel like both the existence of an innocent baby and the abandoned bones of a life. The vessels appear to exist there quietly. However, in reality, an intense quantity of heat is concealed within them and hidden by the beautiful white makeup. The works take on the shapes of vases and flower vases, but they were not made from a practical point of view. They are put on display there as sculptured existences. However, we can feel very attached to those works, touch them in a friendly manner, hug them, and admire them. Those feelings and actions are born from an attachment to the act of pure shaping. You will probably vicariously experience a “pilgrimage to beauty.”

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Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing

Pilgrimage, Junsuke Inatomi 2020
Pilgrimage, Junsuke Inatomi 2020
Pilgrimage, Junsuke Inatomi 2020
Pilgrimage, Junsuke Inatomi 2020

PROFILE

Junsuke Inatomi
Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1981.
2007 Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School, Master of Arts program completed.

INFORMATION

Junsuke Inatomi
Pilgrimage

29, Fed,2020 sat- 8, Mar,2020 sun
12:00 - 18:00(Last day close on 17:00)
Close:tuesday
Meet the artist :29, Feb sat

Future exhibition

20, Mar fri – 1, Apr wed Rando Aso
11, Apr sat – 26, Apr sun Kenichi Sasakawa
16, May sat – 31, May sun Takayuki Watanabe

Akiko Hayashi

Variation

2020.01.11 Sat ー 01.26 Sun

Akiko Hayashi 2020

There is one simple glass cup there. At first glance, it doesn’t seem strange. However, if you use it, you will be convinced. Her works has a soft and beautiful tranquility unique to hand-blown glass. The sleek size and thickness, and the comfortable weight captivate us like no other with the feeling of it being “qualia – just right.” Many of her works, now called “classics,” have been made every day for many years and are still being refined. At first glance, the design is sober and inconspicuous, but it brings quiet and comfort to your life. A glass-cup can make simply waking up in the morning and drinking a glass of water beautiful. Isn’t it a very Japanese way of thinking? In this exhibition, we looked back on our classic products which have been in creation since the workshop was established, and redesigned some of the details. We will show you variations of the old classics.

Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing

Akiko Hayashi 2020
Akiko Hayashi 2020
Akiko Hayashi 2020
Akiko Hayashi 2020
Akiko Hayashi 2020

PROFILE

Akiko Hayashi (qualia-glassworks)
She worked in Asahi Glass and fresco tudio in Osaka, She will hold and produce a studio "qualia-glassworks" in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, in 2010.

INFORMATION

Akiko Hayashi
Variation

11, Jan,2020 sat- 26, Jan,2020 sun
12:00 - 18:00(Last day close on 17:00)
Close:tuesday
Meet the artist :11, Jan sat

Future exhibition

29, Feb sat – 8, Mar sun Jyunsuke Inatomi
20, Mar fri – 1, Apr wed Rando Aso