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Tea bowl, Oribe style, created in Devon
Shiro Tsujimura
[Ceramic + Porcelain ]
Item Number:C16811
Mon. - Fri. : 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. | Saturdays by appointment



Special Reception with exhibiting artists :
November 8, 6 - 8 p.m.

Please join us for a special reception to celebrate and welcome our artists,
Suikei Saito and Jihei Murase, from Japan !
A modern Japanese tea ceremony will be performed by Jihei Murase.



*Please note that our gallery will be closed on
November 1st from 11 AM- 3 PM & 4th to 7th , due to outside project.

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Ippodo Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by nine artists, in conjunction with the exhibition, A Teahouse for Philadelphia, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). Ippodo artists, Jihei Murase, Tohru Matsuzaki, Suikei Saito, and Kenji Wakasugi, will be on view through July 30, 2018, so Ippodo welcomes the chance to run these artists in a concurrent showcase at our New York gallery, with additional works on view by five artists -- Keiji Ito, Akito Nizato, Shiro Tsujimura, Koji Hatakeyama, and Kyokko Kaida.

The exhibition centers around Wabi Sabi, a cultural tradition rooted in the beauty of imperfection and impermanence. Authenticity in this careful carelessness knows no translation, but is a celebration of all things natural and unadorned. It is a meditative aesthetic, and one greatly esteemed in Japanese culture.

Each artist has an individual ability to express this Wabi Sabi ideal:

Jihei Murase (b. 1957) creates harmonious lacquerware from 100-year-old timber and straight virgin trees, dried and prized for delicate, thin grooves to emphasize forms created by nature. Lacquerware by Tohru Matsuzaki (b. 1944) also uses precious zelkova wood, but the artist applies his hand to chiseling the grooves of the rich vermillion red, black and silver. Ceramics by Keiji Ito (b. 1935) are minimalistic, world renowned Shijo Tsujimura (b. 1947) ‘s rare pieces from his time in Devon (UK in 1993) are whimsical, and by younger Akio Niisato (b. 1977), having previously taught a Harvard ceramics from 2009-2012, all continue to evolve from a place of passion and creativity, and have been shown all over the world.
Kyokko Kaida (b.1946)’s bamboo tea scoops are poetic, while the weathered surfaces of Koji Hatakeyama (b.1956) ’s bronze boxes convey the material’s individual history.
The juxtaposition of forms, past and present ideals, and a delicacy of craft continue through more innovative techniques. This can be seen in the works by calligrapher, Suikei Saito (b. 1945), who explores stillness, nothingness, and emptiness. As a photographer, Kenji Wakasugi (b. 1941) digitally manipulates images on landscapes, striking a balance between tradition and modernity. Wakasugi uses Sumi ink, pigments, and gold and silver leaf on scanned photographs, with his most recent mixed media work an homage to the tea masters, Sen Rikyu and Oribe Huruta.

Ultimately this continues Ippodo’s efforts to sync with the natural world in an ongoing appreciation of the beauty of both artwork and the earth itself. This emphasis on technique and materials culled from the earth syncs with the ideals of Wabi Sabi, in that there is a play between tradition and modernity, while embracing the curvatures found organically. Through changing technologies and mixed media, each artist maintains these ideals of discovery and reverence, making for a worthy group show of proven museum-quality works.
About the Artist
The creator of Japan’s most beautiful tea bowls. Originally a painter, he became enraptured by the aura of maternal benevolence he experienced when he came into contact with an anonymous O-IDO tea bowl as a young man and ever since, he has dedicated himself to the production of tea bowls at his studio in the mountains of Nara Prefecture.
The ceramics created by this gifted artist continue to delight collectors around the world and can be found in the collections of major museums in Europe and the U.S.

1947 Born in Gose, Nara
1965 Left for Tokyo to learn the technique of oil painting but became disillusioned with the process and abandoned the idea. He attracted pottery intensively, inspired by a classic ido tea bowl in Japan Folk-craft Museum and decided to take up pottery.
1966-68 Resided at Sansho-ji Temple in Nara
1969 Returned to father's farm and began making pottery
1967 Built own house in Mima, Nara City and workshop, teahouse, and seven kilns over the following seven years
1993 Built a kiln in West Devon, U.K., and made potteries

Thereafter exhibits in numerous museums, galleries and department stores within Japan and throughout the world.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1977 First exhibition at own house
1983 Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store, Tokyo (thereafter biannually)
1990 Tachikichi Main Store, Kyoto
1993 Japan Art, Frankfurt, Germany (also in ’94)
1994 Gallery Besson, London
2003 Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, New York (also in ’06 and ’12)
2006 Yu Gallery, Palace Hotel, Tokyo
2007 Ippodo Gallery Tokyo (also in ’11)
2008 Honshun-in Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto


Public Collections:
Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC
Art Institute of Chicago / Chicago, IL
The Brooklyn Museum of Art / Brooklyn, NY
Asian Art Museum / San Francisco, CA
The British Museum / London, United Kingdom
Chado Research Center Gallery / Kyoto, Japan
Cleveland Museum of Art / Cleveland, OH
Frankfurt Craft Museum / Germany
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at Smithsonian Institution / Washington D.C
The Metropolitan Museum of Art / New York, NY
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts / Minneapolis, MN
Museum of East Asian Art / Berlin, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Boston, MA
Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas / Lawrence, KS
Stockholm Museum of Art / Sweden
Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA
Yale University Art Gallery / New Haven, CT
Miho Museum / Koka, Japan
ISE Cultural Foundation / New York, NY