“Moon Waves” is a contemporary work of art created in washi, traditional handmade Japanese paper, which the artist creates with raw pigment-colored mulberry bark fibers. Thin tengujo washi and silk are also part of the work. Having lived her entire adult life in Kyoto, artist Sarah Brayer is one of the world’s leading artists working in washi.
“Mist” is a natural indigo-dyed tearoom by FUKUMOTO Shihoko, one of the world’s leading textile artists. Laboriously dyed dozens of times in order to achieve Fukumoto’s signature color gradations,
this working teahouse was designed according to traditional teahouse specifications.
“Time Space” is an indigo dyed wall hanging of shifu cloth (silk yarn woven with Japanese washi paper yarn) by FUKUMOTO Shihoko, one of the world’s leading textile artists. Laboriously dyed dozens of times in order to achieve Fukumoto’s signature color gradation.
Large unglazed jar by TSUJIMURA Shiro. All of the color and textural effects on the surface of the pot are the result of the natural flow of fire and ash in a wood burning kiln.
One-of-a-kind, bamboo flower basket vase by the late 20th century master, HIGASHI Takesonosai. Typically, it can take up to 3 months to create one
original masterpiece basket: 2 months to design it, figure out how to construct it and prepare the bamboo parts, and 1 month for the actual weaving.
KISHI Eiko is a star in the world of contemporary Japanese ceramics. “Hand-built using slabs, her work is meticulously formed and carved, then inlaid with extremely small applications of various colored clays that are applied in a highly time-consuming mosaic-like technique (saiseki zōgan). The end result resembles a stone-like surface until examined closely, when the vibrancy of the mosaic inlay and its radiating intricate patterning can be fully appreciated.” Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, NY
YASUDA Kan’s sculpture “Myomu” in white statuary marble, on display in Pisa, Italy. Yasuda is one of the world’s leading sculptors and works in both stone and bronze.
Contemporary bamboo basket by the legendary HIGASHI Takesonosai, entitled ”Wave.”
”Ｗithin each of his baskets, Ｉ see a romantic representation of the spirit of his artistry which captures elements of nature like moving water, immutable rocks, and bending bamboo, all so important to the Japanese aesthetic tradition…”—Rob Coffland, co-founder of TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
A simple faceted vase, fired in an anagama tunnel kiln. Unlike the typical 30+- hour-firing time of a gas or electric kiln, a wood-fired anagama tunnel kiln can take 7-10 days, depending on the ceramist.
All of the color and effects seen on the surface of the vase are the result of the natural movement of fire and ash in the kiln. Whereas a gas or electric kiln allows for greater control, a wood fired tunnel kiln invites the coincidences and uncertainties of nature into the process.
” HIGASHI Takesonosai’s underlying love of art is used as a central theme for the construction of his bamboo baskets. Each individually hand crafted basket produced by Higashi is a piece of art requiring long hours of labor, skill, and originality.” —Robert T. Coffland