Yuko Ikeda

Tide

2020.10.10 Sat ー 10.24 Sat

Yuko Ikeda "Tide", 2020, 21×20×4cm

The cyclic energy that flows through everything. Sea level rise and fall caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and the earth – like a deep breath. Her vessels has a reputation for colors and shapes reminiscent of nature, but in this exhibition, “Tide,” you will strongly feel the power and serenity of Yuko Ikeda that is in her works. Her new works, which were made for this exhibition, are as powerful as the surface of the sea, the rocky puddles, the depths of the ocean at night and the coral reefs. On the other hand, the silver painting bowls she has been working on for some time now are lighter and lighter, reminding us of the calm and the deep silence of the moon. I would like to see these vessels as ” paintings” rather than as ceramics. Regardless of whether they are practical or impractical, the overlapping of glazes and textures carry the scent of wind and sea water into the space and take the viewer on a journey of imagination. From the previous exhibition “Swell” to this exhibition “Tide” . Deeper, farther away, her new expression, which depicts a silent strength, is here.

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Yuko Ikeda "Tide", 2020, 21×20×4cm
Yuko Ikeda "Tide", 2020, 21×25×7cm
Yuko Ikeda "Tide", 2020, 29×22.5×9cm
Yuko Ikeda "Tide", 2020, 24×19×8cm
Yuko Ikeda "Tide", 2020, 20×20.5×6.5cm
Yuko Ikeda "Tide", 2020, 23.5×22.5×7cm

PROFILE

Yuko Ikeda
1973 Born in Osaka, Japan. Studied Graphic Design at Platt College in San DiegoCurrently living and working in Osaka prefecture.

Yuko Ikeda, a ceramic artist succeed both in and outside Japan. She spent her student days in San Diego, California with its beautiful beaches and mild climate. Her airy personality makes us feel as if we are hovering in a sea breeze. She discovered the medium of pottery by chance after returning to Japan.She taught herself pottery skills, learned from the work of predecessors and workshops,She has been working independently at her studio in the renovated garage of a house in Osaka City.

INFORMATION

Yuko Ikeda
Tide

10, Oct, 2020 sat - 10, Oct, 2020 sat
13:00 - 18:00
Close:tuesday
Meet the artist: 10, Oct, 2020 sat

Future exhibition

7, Nov sat – 22, Nov sun Shun Kumagai(Glass)

Kazumi Kawai

Incarnation

2020.08.29 Sat ー 09.13 Sun

Kazumi Kawai "Incarnation", 2020

We will hold Kazumi Kawai’s ceramic exhibition. Kazumi is a potter living in a old farmer’s style house rich in nature at Okayama,Japan. The mountain she lives in is home to an abundance of life, and it often presents people with extremely beautiful scenery. She lives closely connected to nature, sometimes coexist with the weeds and bamboo shoots that try to invade and grow in her garden, and she expresses the energy felt in the mountain through her works. These works are notable for having both a sense of freedom and vitality as well as a quiet presence in space, and are loved by many people, including chefs and masters of Chinese tea ceremony. The title of this exhibition is “Incarnation.” She has explained in a message to us that it means…

“Lately I’ve been fascinated by the mushrooms appearing in my garden. Mushrooms are normally invisible to the eye, existing as fungi, and only show themselves in their strange form when all the right conditions are met. It’s nearly majestic, as though the mountain’s sacred energy has crystalized into something we can see right before us. Mushrooms speak to me in many ways, but the idea that our little everyday realizations and thoughts can come together for some reason or another, take shape, and then be sent out and reach someone far away, seems to overlap with the life of ceramic works, from the moment they are are born to when they eventually enter people’s lives.”

Our world has been shifting between joy and sorrow since spring due to the energy that is an invisible virus, making the word “Incarnation” a deeply resonating theme. From her works, however, one can also imagine mushrooms enlivening the entire mountain, imbuing the pieces with a hint of humor. The pieces overflow with the kind of positive message toward change one might expect from Kazumi Kawai.

Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing

Kazumi Kawai "Incarnation", 2020
Kazumi Kawai "Incarnation", 2020
Kazumi Kawai "Incarnation", 2020
Kazumi Kawai "Incarnation", 2020
Kazumi Kawai "Incarnation", 2020
Kazumi Kawai "Incarnation", 2020

PROFILE

Kazumi Kawai
1984 Born in Aichi,Japan.Studied Pottery at Seto city. Living and working in Okayama prefecture.

INFORMATION

Kazumi Kawai
Incarnation

29, Aug, 2020 sat - 13, Sept, 2020 sun
13:00 - 18:00
Close:tuesday

Future exhibition

10, Oct sat – 24, Oct sat Yuko Ikeda(Ceramic)
7, Nov sat – 22, Nov sun Shun Kumagai(Glass)

Alana Wilson

Planets, Mercies, & The Flow

2020.07.23 Thu ー 08.10 Mon

Alana Wilson "Planets, Mercies, & The Flow", 2020

The time from when she first held a small exhibition at ourgallery two years ago to the current exhibition is connected by a single line. This exhibition had originally been confirmed to be postponed (effectively canceled) due to the pandemic that struck the entire world, but as requested by the artist, it was decided that it would be held with updated contents. This update is extremely real-time and substantial. She produced new work to present “what should be expressed now” reflecting her thoughts during the lockdown in Japan.

Her works depart from an extremely personal point and lead to an inquiry directed towards humanism through the existence of “vessels,” which have constantly been by the side of people’s lives in the midst of humanity’s ups and downs of life spanning tens of thousands of years.

She thinks about what she has felt during this pandemic, as well as the moralities of the various people she has seen and how to look at things, and inquires through her work. That there is a moment in which one realizes the deep beauty and light in everything. That for that, one must gaze at things with the right mindset. How people’s ways of looking at the world have changed during the past few months. About the big and beautiful light (the micro-world) that can be seen by looking closely at micro happenings. She expresses through her work that while the world continuously flows and continues to change due to all interactions, we can look at the “Halo” in it by looking closely. Specifically, that is related to the expressions of the ceramic glaze in her work. She says that these appear due to the various phenomena that occur in the kiln and are the “Halo” of ceramics.

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Photograph by Alana Wilson.

Alana Wilson "Planets, Mercies, & The Flow", 2020
Alana Wilson "Planets, Mercies, & The Flow", 2020
Alana Wilson "Planets, Mercies, & The Flow", 2020
Alana Wilson "Planets, Mercies, & The Flow", 2020
Alana Wilson "Planets, Mercies, & The Flow", 2020
Alana Wilson "Planets, Mercies, & The Flow", 2020

PROFILE

Alana Wilson
b. 1989 Canberra, Australia. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia. 2009-11 Bachelor of Fine Art (Ceramics), National Art School, Sydney. 2012 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), National Art School, Sydney.
https://www.alanawilson.com/

INFORMATION

Alana Wilson
Planets, Mercies, & The Flow

23, July, 2020 thu - 10, Aug, 2020 mon
13:00 - 18:00
Close:tuesday

Future exhibition

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)

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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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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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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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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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