Sunday, October 28, 2012

Get to Know the Artists from KAGA 2012

Thank you for coming to the opening reception of KAGA 2012 on Friday night.
We would like to introduce some of the beautiful items from the artists from KAGA 2012.
Please take a look at the great artworks.

The show will be on Oct. 28th, 29th and 30th.
Please come to see their great works!
Thank you.

This porcelain square incense box has a small rabbit on top of the lid.  In Japan, the Rabbit is a symbol of the moon.  The Bamboo motif is outlined with delicate gold lines, and intertwined with Ume blossoms.  Both bamboo and ume are plants that symbolize festivities and celebration in Japan.

This is a flat sake dish made of celadon.  The artist also makes pottery for the royal family of Japan.  The scallop design around the edge of this piece is elegantly done by this highly skilled artist.

Makie is a traditional lacquer technique in Japan.  By implementing this technique onto mother-of-pearl, this artist has created a new tradition.  It is an oval brooch that can also be worn as a pendent.  A beautiful winter accessory, the snowflake motif in gold is one-of-a-kind.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Get to Know the Artists from KAGA 2012

Thank you for coming to the opening reeption of KAGA 2012 last night.
We would like to introduce the artists from KAGA 2012.
Please take a look the great works with the artist infromation.

The show will be on Oct. 28th, 29th and 30th.
Please come to see their great works!
Thank you.

Round Incense Holder made from persimmon tree wood and two types of gold. 
The pattern imitates woven threads pulled over the miniature piece, which is 5cm in diameter.  TAKAYUKI HARIYA uses the traditional Makie technique to apply gold on to the wood.  The smooth gold finish in the thread pattern is made from rounded gold particles; the sparkling gold finish is a result of flaked particles from gold leaf.  It is traditionally used for the Japanese tea ceremony as a container for incense, and can now be enjoyed as a beautiful art piece with utility.  HARIYA incorporates new materials in his other pieces including mother-of-pearl and acrylic.

This cylindrical miniature porcelain item is a display of the art form of Micro-Calligraphy, unique to Kutani ware BY SEITO TAMURA.
It is a container with a bottom and a lid.  Micro-Calligraphy began in 1894 by Seizan Oda.  The calligraphy is of Japanese classical poems, Noh songs, and the Kyakunin-Isshu (100 poems by 100 different poets).  The art form has been passed down through the generations.
The artisans are committed to further enhancing their skills to portray the elegance of the world of Japanese classical literature in a contemporary manner.

These wooden "Macaroons" are turned from Cherry Blossom wood.
The indentation between the top and bottom pieces helps to depict the macaroon shape.  The lacquer is applied to the wood in a process that is repeated four times.
They come in a colorful array of yellow, blue, green, and rose.  They can be used to hold small accessories like bracelets, rings, or earrings.  It can also be used at the dinner table for salts or other condiments.  They can be washed with soap and water.

The square porcelain container has a small squirrel figurine perched on top of the lid.
RURI TAKEUCHI uses the Kutani ware technique.
The pattern on each piece is outlined and fired once, then the color glaze is applied on top.  It is fired again at a high temperature so the glaze becomes colored glass, and gives the object a beautiful glossy finish and rich texture.  She also applies gold to her final piece.  The leaf pattern is an adaptation of an age-old design used in Greece, China, and Japan.  If you look closely, RURI's interpretation has little birds within the leaf pattern that interact with each other and the squirrel on top. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hanako Nakazato 2012 - Around the Table -

We are happy to announce that Sara Japanese Pottery will present an exhibition of new ceramic work by Hanako Nakazato.
 The exhibition will feature her latest work made at her studio monohanako west in Maine including unglazed, wood-fired pieces. 

Hanako Nakazato comes from a family of potters in Japan stretching back 14 generations.  Both her technique and philosophy as a studio potter are grounded in the ceramic traditions of her home, Karatsu Japan.  
 But her designs and surfaces are also highly influenced by years spent traveling and living in the West.  This special blend of origin and influence results in versatile functional tableware that works in a variety of settings from minimal and modern to traditional and rustic. 

The exhibition runs November 9, 2012 through November 11, 2012.
at Sara Japanese Pottery, 950 Lexington Ave.
Please join us for the Artist Reception on November 9th 6pm-8pm, featuring a Sake Tasting Presented by KURAMOTO US featuring variety of Sake.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Colored Round Cups

We have got the new items from Nagoya in Japan.
Hand-glazed, colorful and cheerful cups. Great for tea or ice cream.
Just come and take a look!

*size : φ3"1/4 x 2"3/8 H

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Textured Plate from Kazu Oba

Let me introduce one of  popular items in our store.
The SQ and Rectangular plates from Kazu Studio Line have beautiful texture.
People don't believe it's made of clay as they look like metal or snake skin.
Please come, see and feel them, you'll be surprised how there are made well.