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Kiyoharu Ichino

Red Waves - Contemporary Tanba Pottery I

April 2 - May 5, 2010

See more of this artist's work: 2002 show,  2006 show,  2008 show,  2010 show

Kiyoharu Ichino  市野清治

Nestled in a beautiful valley along the Shitodani River among towering mountains northwest of Kyoto is the picturesque village Tachikui, the historic center of Tanba pottery. Tanba*, meaning 'Red Waves', got its name from a kind of red rice grown in ancient time which turned the fields into a sea of red. The rich ferrous soil in this area has supported generations of farmers as well as potters since the early Kamakura period (1180-1230). The oldest existing noborigama (climbing kiln) in Japan is found here. This serene unpretentious locale is home of some of the most beautiful ceramics that have influenced aesthetic development in Japan and the western world. Bernard Leach, British ceramist behind the 20th century art and craft movement, was a frequent guest in this village.

Because of its relative isolation, Tanba is less influenced by outside commercial trends than some other more accessible pottery towns in Japan. Old Tanba pottery had a restrained dignified appearance, exuding quiet confidence that reflected its proud heritage. This unique quality is evident in the works of contemporary Tanba ceramist Kiyoharu Ichino featured in this exhibition.

Kiyoharu Ichino was born in 1957 in Tachikui into an extended family steeped in pottery-making tradition. After learning all aspects of Tanba pottery from his father, he moved to Seto at age 20 to study pottery under a master of Akatsu-yaki. Upon returning to Tachikui, he launched his career with the Tanba Group Kiln. In 1983, he established his own kiln and established a contemporary style that drew strength from traditional Tanba pottery without being confined by it. He began showing in galleries all over Japan. His works were selected repeatedly for the prestigious juried Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition sponsored by the Japan Crafts Association. In 1995, he was nominated to be a permanent member of The Japan Crafts Association, an honor bestowed to the most experienced and talented artists.

Traditional Tanba pottery is fired unglazed at very high temperature in large wood-fueled kilns. Ichino uses both an anagama (hole kiln) and a noborigama (climbing kiln), burning almost a thousand bundles of red pine over several days to bring out the unique personalities of Tanba clay, which is renowned for its rich texture and deep purplish brown colors. Many of his pieces show silvery fire-marks like swirling mists left by the wood fire. His pieces appear to be integral parts of the clay rather than separate objects made from it. To show the unique clay texture, he often includes seemingly unfinished edges in his designs, exposing the rough clay body. Despite the high level of sophistication and innovation, Ichino's works maintain a strong connection with the ancient Tanba traditions.

Ichino's works have been exhibited in Touching Stone Gallery in Santa Fe since 2000, and as part of the Quiet Beauty Japanese Ceramic Exhibition in the New Mexico Museum of International Folk Art in 2006. The current show features 23 new works that exemplify the artist's extraordinary combination of beauty, power and technical expertise forged by centuries of total dedication to advancing this ancient art form.   

*Note Tanba - comprising the Japanese kanji characters 丹 'Tan' (red) and 波 'Ba' (wave) - is often written as Tamba, which corrupts its pronunciation and meaning. Tanba, translated according to revised Hepburn Romanization, better reflects the origin of the name.

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Large Layered Bowl  #1     Fire-change ash glaze

19.5" x 15.5" x 14"h  (2 views)

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Red Wave #2    Fire-change ceramic vase

14" x  5" x 15.5"h  (2 views)

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Layered Bowl  #3     Fire-change ceramic

16" x  10.5" x 7"h  (2 views)

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Layered Bowl  #4     Fire-change ceramic

10" x  8.5" x 9.5"h  (2 views)10" x  8.5" x 9.5"h  (2 views)

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Red Wave #5  Fire-change ceramic vase

14" x  5.5" x 7.5"h  (2 views)

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Layered Bowl #6    Natural ash glaze

8.5" x 7" x 6"h   (2 views)

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Split Vase #9    Ash glaze

5.5" x 3" x 11"h   (2 views)

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Red Wave #7    Fire-change ceramic vase

20" x  6.5" x 8"h   (2 views)

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Red Wave #8    Fire-change ceramic vase

17" x  7" x 7.5"h   (2 views)

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Mentori Vase #10   Ash glaze

4" x 4.5" x 10"h  (2 views)

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Mentori Vase #11   Ash glaze

6.5" x 6" x 8.5"h  (2 views)

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Incense Burner #12   Natural ash glaze

4" x 4" x 5.5"h  (2 views)

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Incense Burner #13   Fire-change

6" x 4" x 6"h  (2 views)

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Incense Burner #14   Fire-change

4" x 4" x 5"h  (2 views)

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Incense Burner #18   Natural ash glaze

5x 4" x 6"h  (2 views)

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Bowl #15    Line-decorated Akadobe-yu finish

18" x 14" x 8.5"h  (2 views)

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Vase #16    Line-decorated Akadobe-yu finish

12.5" x 11" x 12.5"h  (2 views)

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Vase #17   Natural ash glaze

5" x 5" x 5"h  (2 views)

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Hanging Vase #19   Natural ash glaze

 2.5" x 2.5" x 10"h  (2 views)

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Hanging Vase #20   Natural ash glaze

 3" x 2.5" x 9.5"h  (2 views)

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Hanging Vase #21   Natural ash glaze

 2.5" x 2.5" x 9.5"h  (2 views)

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Hanging Vase #22   Carbonized finish

 2.5" x 2.5" x 10"h  (2 views)

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Hanging Vase #23   Natural ash glaze

 2" x 2" x 10.5"h  (2 views)

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Shows and Awards
1984  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1986  All Kansai Art Exhibition
1987  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1989  Cha-no-yu Show in the Tanabe Museum
1990  Japan Crafts Association Kinki Branch Exhibition
1991  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1992  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
         Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
         Solo show, Gallery Osaka Hanshin, Osaka
1993  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
         Recognition Award, Saga Daikakuji Flower and Ceramics Exhibition
1994  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1995  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
         Nominated as permanent member of The Japan Crafts Association
1996  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1997  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe
         Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1998  Solo show, Gallery Tokyu, Tokyo
         Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
         Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe
1999  Solo show, Gallery Osaka Daimaru, Osaka
         Solo show, Gallery Shun, Tokyo
2000  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
         Two Visions in Contemporary Tanba Pottery, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2001  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
         Solo show, Gallery Osaka Daimaru, Osaka
         Gallery Shun, Tokyo
2002  Solo show Dark Edge of Purple, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2003  Solo show Crossing Purple, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2004  Solo show, Gallery Tobu, Tokyo
2005  Evolving Traditions, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2006  Solo show, Flame of Tradition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2007  Solo show, Gallery Takashimaya, Yokohama
2008  Solo show Quiet Passion: Tanba Pottery I, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2009  Solo show, Gallery Takashimaya, Yokohama
2010  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA