Kizuna: the Rebirth of Mashiko Ceramics, June 6 – July 5, 2015 in the Pavilion Gallery at the Portland Japanese Garden.

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Don’t miss this upcoming exhibit, which has been coordinated with the OPA, Mashiko Ceramics and Arts Association, and Portland Japanese Garden.

View complete article from  Oregonlive

It displays the work of contemporary potters whose styles range from traditional to contemporary as well as masterworks by the world’s most famous potter, Shoji Hamada (1894-1974), and his protege Tatsuzo Shimaoka. Both artists were designated as Living National Treasures, keepers of Japan’s important intangible cultural properties.

To celebrate the opening, Kei Shimaoka, grandson of Tatsuzo Shimaoka, will lead artist demonstrations at the Pavilion from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.

Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who died in 2007, was famous for his unique Jomon zogan style of pottery, slip decorating and firing techniques. His work is in many museums around the world and in 2014, his daughter, Yoshiko Fudeya, donated a collection to Portland’s respected Japanese garden.

Mashiko has been known for its folkware, called mashiko-yaki, since the 19th century, when ceramic-quality clay was found nearby and a kiln was built to fire it.

Originally, the style was simple and rustic, and brown pottery with a red glaze was mass produced. That changed in the 1920s when Hamada settled in Mashiko and encouraged potters to be more creative with their functional pieces.

The town became an artists’ haven. Hamada, who had traveled to Europe and could access any materials, elected to use only locally sourced clay. He made his own glazes and even brushes from dog hair and bamboo.

Hamada, along with philosopher and writer Yanagi Soetsu and British studio potter and art teacher Bernard Leach, founded the Mingei (People’s Art) movement in the 1920s and ’30s.

The above is an excerpt from featured in this weeks Oregonian: Mashiko ceramics rebound after Japan’s devastating earthquake: See works at the Portland Japanese Garden. Click this link to view the whole article.

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