Thursday, February 11, 2010

gallery exploring

I came to NY with the assumption that there would be very little ceramics to view. At this point I think it's fair to say that this was a (mainly) true guess. However, I have not seen a single piece of ceramic art that I haven't fallen in love with. It's definitely quality over quantity here in the city.
The works by American masters such as Rowan, Troy, Wright, and Shapiro as well as the contemporary Japanese masters are well represented throughout the city, making a trip to a gallery for only two or three pieces of clay well worth the journey.

Having some time off, I ventured to the east side to visit a few galleries. The Joan B. Mirviss gallery was holding a show on the Japanese porcelain artist, Yoshikawa Masamichi, whose seihakuji glazes represent some of the most interesting achievements in contemporary pale blue celadon glazing. I'm beginning to find this style very fascinating. While it contains the tactile and elusive quality of raw clay, it bridges the gap between the archaic rustic wares (for which most wood fired ceramics is well known) and the sleek minimalism of most contemporary art. this is especially the case for the artist Kato Tsubusa, who works in the similar medium. Truly Beautiful.

Feeling quite inspired by the sleekness of the contemporary porcelain work I've seen as well as the natural ash glazed wares by many American potters of the northeast. While my interest in wood firing is growing from all this inspirational work, my fascination with the relationship between clay and tradition is growing at an even larger rate.

I will be unloading some new glaze results from the kiln tomorrow. Photo's to come.

The Pine Tree

The pine branches
once having stretched
their brittle fingers
like the empty hand
of a hungry child
now withdraw
and slump
with hands full of snow.
In the silence of the park
they rest.