Focus on Japanese Pottery: intimate harmony “washoku/utsuwa” – C1516

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Ceramics

Takashi Nakazato, Etsuji Noguchi, Noriyuki Furutani, Fumiko Nagai, Yutaka Kawahito, Akari Furutani

DATES: September 7 – 25, 2015


CONCEPT: This workshop is designed for potters to work with professional potters, all of whom have studied with Takashi Nakazato. Focus is on intricate yet daily and casual connections between ceramic wares and the appreciation for food and the tea ceremony of Japan, in response to contemporary adaptations from traditional influences. Through the usage of pottery we examine the kinship between food and the pottery forms it rests upon.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students participate in throwing and handbuilding and use stoneware and porcelain, high-fire slips, terra sigillata, and glazes. Multiple kiln atmospheres will be utilized: wood, soda, reduction and oxidation.

ACTIVITIES: Demonstrations three days a week with work time to prepare for the kilns. Students work alongside instructors. All will enjoy a meal presented on the wares made by our master guests.

FACULTY: Takashi Nakazato was born into one of Japan’s oldest pottery making families. Takashi’s work typically combines elements of his Japanese heritage with his own innovative style and technique. Etsuji Noguchi lives and works in Tanegashima, Japan. Noriyuki Furutani lives and works in Shigaraki, mainly producing utilitarian wares in Anagama style kilns. Fumiko Nagai graduated from International Christian University in Japan. She uses Japanese style kick wheels for throwing.

Yutaka Kawahito is from Hiroshima, Japan. He received his B.A. from San Francisco State University and his M.F.A. from Yale School of Art. Akari Furutani lives and works in Shigaraki. She produces wares that complement food in Anagama style kilns.

Tuition: $1375 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1975
Studio Fee: $175

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