Kokeisan Suigetsugama Kiln Exhibition
Pottery by Shigeki Mizuno and Toyozō Arakawa, Photography by Akio Kato
May 5 - 2021 - June 17, 2021
The Suigetsugama Kiln - recognized as an Intangible Cultural Property by the local government - is holding an exhibition in Tajimi from May to June 2021. The ceramics exhibition is held in collaboration with Akio Kato of Komaki City, who has documented the kiln in black-and-white beautiful photographs. The photographer specializes in documenting craftsmen around Japan. The Suigetsugama Kiln was built in 1946 by the famous potter Toyozo Arakawa on Mt. Kokei. Suigetsugama is the only kiln in the Mino region - renowned for its pottery tradition - that has been designated by Tajimi City as an Intangible Cultural Property. The pottery produced here is true to the ancient Mino ware tradition.
“Suigetsugama ceramics are made to be useful utilities for everyday use, yet display a clear personality. The longer you use them the more you will be attached to them and they become part of your life,” exhibitor Shigeki Mizuno says. The works are all produced by hand from beginning to end, from clay preparation to molding, to firing. The firing is done in a multiple chamber ascending kiln. The styles produced here - Kohiki, Sometsuke, Karatsu, Iroe, and Kenzan, are all characterized by their warmness and softness, all having an air of hand-made crafts. Works by the late ToyozōArakawa (荒川 豊蔵, Arakawa Toyozō, March 21, 1894 - August 11, 1985) as well as the present kiln master Shigeki Mizuno are displayed in the pleasant atmosphere of the Oribe Gallery, near Tajimi Station.
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