Contemporary Ceramics Centre : CONNECTIONS
PREVIEW: Wednesday 26 June, 6-8pm at the gallery
This special group exhibition features five Japanese makers at work in the UK, bringing Eastern influences to British ceramics. The works on show reflect a diverse range of forms and styles, from fine-art sculpture to wabi-sabi vessels and minimalist tea ware, all connected by a common visual language.
Ikuko Iwamoto creates fine-art ceramics
with delicate details and an organic vibe.
Her porcelain "outline sculptures,"
made of assembled slip-cast pipes and
embellished with tiny holes and handformed
spikes, are contoured after images
of bacterial threads, broken cardboard
boxes and other happenstance objects.
Hiro Takahashi hand builds vessels and
sculpture with narrative elements and a
meditative feel. Inspired by the textures
and shapes of wild plants, she weaves clay
to construct her forms, using a range of
firing techniques (from reduction to raku)
to develop a sense of "atmosphere."
Kaori Tatebayashi uses clay as a means
to reinterpret traditional subjects and
preserve the ephemeral. Her earthy,
understated tea ware, developed through
careful study of the Chinese tea ceremony,
pairs clean shapes with finishes full of
Yo Thom combines inspiration from the
Japanese craft tradition (particularly
"boro" - farm workers' patched indigo
clothes) and the Dorset rural landscape
to create an aesthetic all her own. Her
ceramics pair quiet forms with nuanced
surfaces, evoking the imperfect beauty
of traditional handcrafts.
Motoko Wakana creates functional
ceramics inspired by the simple revelations
of everyday life. Her uncomplicated forms,
thrown and slab-built in dark stoneware,
become canvases for natural motifs and
tonal texture rendered in white slip and