A piece of mine “The Kamakura Red PEONY Vase” is accepted at the Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair and send there by Guangzhen “Po” Zhou, who is born in Shanghai China in 1953, is a ceramic artist and writer, director of the Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA, owner of the Clayground, a ceramic school in San Jose, California, and special reporter of “Ceramic Art” magazine in Taiwan.
In the newsletter of “Chinese Clay Art” Guangzhen Zhou wrote the following news about the Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair:
“We have shipped about twenty pieces to Jingdezhen for the International Ceramic Art Exhibition at Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair, the artists’ name list is: Sandy Kinzie, Clark Edelstein, Bill Geisinger, Joseph Battiato, Jan Schachter, Hsin- Chuen Lin, Jeff Margolin, Barbara Brown, Encka Clark Shaw, Alfred P. Spivack, Swanica Lightenberg, Mia Ishiguro, Marc Barr, Peter A Davis, Steve Hilton, Antonia “Tuppy” Lawson, Bob Pool, Tom Decker, Marnia Johnston and Don Ryan. Most of these artworks have been donated to Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Museum. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting this exhibition!”
Today, I finally visited the Kamakura Treasure Museum.
It is situated on the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine grounds in a beautiful setting surrounded by lots of trees and of course, the autumn colors were astounding, especially the yellow from the Gingko tree.
The featured exposition is about The 800th Memorial Anniversary of Honen Shonin (1133-1212), who studied Buddhism and found the true way of universal salvation through the practice of nembutsu revealed in the Buddhist scripture text by Shan-tao. Honen established the nembutsu as an absolutely independent practice. In the spring of 1175, he founded Jodo Shu, or the Pure Land Denomination, in Japan. The center of his teaching was at Yoshimizu, where Chion-in, the Head Temple of Jodo Shu, now stands.
Masako, wife of warrior Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun who founded the Kamakura government shogunate, was a follower of Honen. And so the center of the Jodo Shu sect is established at the Komyoji, the temple in my neighborhood. Look also at the following blogs: Oct. 18, 2009; April14, 2009; July 31, 2008, and Sept.23, 2007.
This is Yoshitada Shonin a treasure from Kamakura City and sculpted from wood in the 12th century here in Kamakura, in the time when all the sculpting and carving of wood started because all of the temple building and developed into the Kamakura Bori.
They also had some wonderful maps hanging from the Komyoji.
I was allowed to take some picture from a book, because it was sold out.
This map is made in 1720. To the south is the beach with some some greenlands and to the north it is build against a rocky hill.
A lot of temples in Kamakura protect themselves in that way with their back against a hill.
This second map was drawn in 1850 and again you can clearly see the hills surrounding the temple and a small river flowing in to the sea. This map was about 2 by 2 meters big!
It was a beautiful day today after quite a rainy night.
I went to North-, Kita Kamakura to the Pottery Museum to see a show of a friend.
Near the Engaku-ji (a Zen Buddhist temple) were some beautiful trees, which had turned their colors. More people were watching. It was fascinating. In the sunshine the leaves were radiating their warmth and reddish (Kamakura red?) colors.
I had the fortune to go back to Fujiwara-san. During the workshop I had started making a sign for my gallery from a slab of clay. I wasn’t able to finish then, so now that my exhibition is finished, I returned to Mashiko.
It was wonderful again to be there and see all the autumn colors and yellow gingko leaves.
They had already prepared a spot where I could work with the necessary tools and Fujiwara-san and his assistants were working on their projects.
I saw the big Jaki all finished now with his natural glaze. He was laying down on pillows and ready to be shipped to the temple in Yokohama.
I also saw some work from his son Ajato-san, who I met and who will have a exhibition in the Art Museum of Roppongi, Tokyo, this December.
Some women whispering and giggling, a custom in Japan to hold your hand in front of your mouth.
And I was able to finish my sign. The cavities of the letters, lines and around the swan will be filled with glass.
another creative way and recycling of TL-lights to use glass in all kind of ways from Fujiwara-san.
For 3 days I participated in The 10th World Art Educators’ Workshop featuring IKUZO FUJIWARA and coordinated by Steve Tootell, ceramic art and performance art director from the International School of The Sacred Heart in Tokyo and facilitated by Euan Craig, a Mashiko woodfire potter for 20 years. Please, see the following LINK.
Fijiwara-san sculpting on his “Jaki”.
It was such an interesting workshop. Seldom did I meet such a nice and interesting man. He is wonderfully creative and artistic in so many ways. He is a ceramic mural artist and the only one left in Japan in these difficult economic times. He also is a landscape artist and sculptor. Please, also see his website: www.ikuzo.com
His reputation is established with more than 500 installations in major buildings throughout Japan. They can be as high as 4 stories, colorful and creative and incredibly complicated in design. At a school he installed a multi-dimensional mural, which students can view from left, right and head-on. Each view presents a different picture.
Fujiwara-san overcame the challenge of creating landscape-scale ceramic artwork with scientifically developed techniques and clays that allow for exceptional strength, durability, and massive size. He has revolutionized the large art form with precision engineered plans and modern electric kilns. He has a great, big, well organized, clean, workshop and design studio. All is very impressive.
He uses a Japanese convection kiln, the ancient oven from the Nara period from 1500 years ago, stoked with wood, to fire his gargoyles or “Jakis”: spirits from the natural world, objects of fear and respect.
Fujiwara-san and a very big “Jaki”.
He lives in Mashiko, the pottery and ceramics town that was the focal point for the renaissance of Japanese folk art under the guidance and leadership of Hamada Shoji, one of Japan’s greatest ceramic artists.
So, it was great to be back in Mashiko and to stay at the Mashiko Ceramic Art Center of Furuki-san.
Please, watch the following movie made by Steve Tootell of the 3-day workshop!
Three Horsehair 3D Wall art pieces are accepted in the International Creative Competition “Hidden Treasures” organized by the LarkGallery online. Please, follow the link: and scroll down the page.
Horsehair Gingko Leaves
Today was my last day of the show. It was quite a rainy day. Luckily, still some friends and interested people came.
I enjoyed my exhibition tremendously and it looked beautiful in this Ginsuzu (Silver Bell) Gallery.
On Sunday, the reception had a great outcome with wonderful friends who were able to come. And I sold quite some work. This is of course also important.
I would like to thank:
– first and foremost my husband, Adriaan, for his everlasting support and stimulation in ideas and energy, and my sons, especially Roland, who designed my website. They follow me on my website, Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed, You Tube, Flickr and LinkedIn.
– the people from the Ginsuzu Gallery, especially Yuki Ishikawa, who helped me with everything and anything I wanted.
– and then of course the Harrington family: without them I would be nowhere, always ready to help, and my greatest fans.
Thank you all very much.
Kamakura Bori inspired “Kamakura Red” rectangular Plate.
At the moment, I have my exhibition at the Ginsuzu Gallery in Kamakura, Japan, from November 12 – 17, 2009.
Please, watch the YOU TUBE video.
It is a nice gallery. A little bit small or I have too many pieces, but nevertheless, I made it work again and it looks great!
The “Kamakura Red Ware” in front of the window.
The Kamakura Town Newspaper wrote an article about me and my upcoming exhibition at the Ginsuzu Gallery from November 12 – 17, 2009.
The Town News Heading.
The article talks about who I am, what I do; my Horsehair and Kamakura Red Ware.
So, let’s hope a lot of people will come to see my show!
I’m very busy for my Kamakura exhibition for next week. I’m going to squeeze in some time to show you a couple of pieces, my first “Kamakura Red” work out of my electric kiln here in Japan.
I shipped one of my Skutt kilns from California, USA to Yokohama, Japan and put it in the newly build shed by the landlord next to my house here in Kamakura. It took awhile, but finally I’m set up here to do my own kind of work (that is another blog).
Here are some “Kamakura Red” pieces.
Tall “Japonica” Kamakura Red Vase
Kamakura Red “Wing” Vase
Kamakura Red “Japonica” Vase
“Towards the Middle” Kamakura Red Plate