Tuesday, January 15, 2013
In almost any area, once you have done enough reading, browsing, research, etc. you find people who you deeply respect their work. Kaneta Masanao is one such ceramic artist for myself. While Hagi-yaki was my first love so to speak in terms of ceramic styles, it is only fitting that one of the artists I had most lusted over is an well respected Hagi artist.
In a way not often done in these traditional pottery styles, Kaneta Masanao seems to be breaking into new frontiers in Hagi. His forms are often fresh and unique, and his glazing impeccable. I have often felt his pieces are usable sculptures ( which some will argue is a requirement for all great works of ceramics, especially Chawans).
This yunomi shows off the things I love most from his work. Wonderfully carved, in a fashion that toes the line between carefree and masterfully thought out. Even better it shows off the wonderful blush yohen effects from the kiln fire.
Such a wonderful cup, and greatly sized. Though my hands are still trying to find exactly how to hold this cup very naturally. My hand fits on it in many ways, and it not that noticeable when the cup is warm, but when the cup was cold when I pulled it out of the box this morning, it just felt so awkward in my hand.
This would make a great piece for a personal "Museum Collection."
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
This orange wood-fired beauty comes from Shawn over at Greenwood Studio's. I have two more pieces that were glazed and fired by Shawn but made by myself. This one though as far as I know was made entirely by Shawn.
This picture shows off the wonderful effects in the glaze, but hides the nice form factor, there is actually several "wings" around where the vertical walls meed the sloping base into the food of the cup. I do not know if they were intended to go all the way around and got dented in production or firing, or if it was completely intentional.
This piece is actually a very nice size, with incredibly thin, but sturdy walls. I have used it quite a few times, though the first time was a bit of a shock, it once again showed me that when getting a brand new piece, a good soak is often beneficial, even if there seems to be no real sign of aromas from the firing. That first cup of red tea I drank from this prior to a soak, had so many flavors and aromas from the kiln it was rediculous, ( I had to dump it after one sip).
Its odd I would not consider myself a fan of orange, but this is not my first piece whose primary color is orange, they are oddly growing on me, and this Greenwood Studios piece is a nice piece to have.