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Keiichi Shimizu

Tanba Modernism II

April 5 - 27, 2013

Meet the artist  April 5, 5-7 p.m.

Read a review on this show

See more of this artist's work: 2004 show, 2006 show, 2008 show, 2012 show, 2013 show

Keiichi Shimizu Ceramic Exhibition 2013 Image:  Vase Form No.2   17" x 14.5" x 12"h

Keiichi Shimizu  清水圭一 :  A new vision of Tanba pottery

In the picturesque village Tachikui, the historic center of Tanba* pottery, pottery-making tradition dates back nearly a thousand years. Tanba pottery retains much of the traditional characters. It takes an extraordinary vision and courage to forge new ground for contemporary Tanba artists. The ground-breaking work of Keiichi Shimizu is a conspicuous standout.

Born in 1962 in Tanba into a potter family spanning four generations, Shimizu was more interested in pushing boundary of the art than adhering to traditional styles. He went to Kyoto to study pottery at Kyoto City Vocational School. After returned to Tanba in 1984, he launched a very productive career in pursuit of his own artistic vision, producing some of the most innovative works in contemporary Japanese ceramics. In a career spanning almost three decades, Shimizu has won many awards. These include the Grand Prize of Hyogo Prefecture Art & Crafts Show, Modern Craft Award in Japan Modern Art & Crafts Show, and the Excellence Award in Tanabe Museum Cha-no-yu Show.

Traditionally, most Tanba potters base their works on wheel-thrown vases. Shimizu has virtually created a new genre of contemporary Tanba pottery - one that is driven by his vision and requires entirely new approaches. He prefers to build original forms by hand or from slabs. His clay body is a special blend using clay he harvests from the mountains mixed with clay prepared by the Tanba Guild. A white clay indigenous to Tanba is used as a decorative slip. He uses both a gas kiln and a traditional wood-fire kiln for different effects.

Sleek, minimalist forms are a distinctive hallmark of Shimizu’s work. The lines are clean and graceful, the surfaces taut and uncluttered. Curves are used sparingly and with purpose, to hold together the exquisite lines and introduce tension and visual interests to the stark geometry. Colors are kept soft and muted, to complement rather than compete with the beautiful shapes. The overall results are noble, elegant forms that belie great conceptual sophistication and meticulous attention to details, a refreshingly modern interpretation of the quiet aesthetic in old Tanba tradition.

The current exhibition showcases the bold direction of this innovative artist destined to make a major and lasting impact on contemporary Tanba pottery.

* Tanba is a phonetic translation of two Japanese characters: 丹 'Tan' (red) and 波 'Ba' (wave). Tanba, Land of 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 name is often corrupted as Tamba. Tanba is used here to preserve the Japanese pronunciation and meaning, following revised Hepburn Romanization.

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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 1bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 1aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 1d
Vase Form No.1
23.5"h x 7" x 5"  (3 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 2cKeiichi Shimizu Vase 2b
Vase Form No.2
17" x 14.5" x 12"h  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 3bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 3cKeiichi Shimizu Vase 3a
Vase Form No.3
16.5"h x 9" x 5"  (3 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 4bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 4aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 4c
Vase Form No.4
19"h x 6" x 5"  (3 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 5bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 5aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 5c
Vase Form No.5
15"h x 5.5" x 4"  (3 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase6cKeiichi Shimizu Vase 6a
Vase Form No.6
12" x 6.5" x 8.5"h  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 7aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 7bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 7c
Vase Form No.7
12.5"h x 7.5" x 4.5"  (3 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 5aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 5b
Vase Form No.8
10" x 5" x 5.5"h  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 9bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 9a
Vase Form No.9
13" x 5.5" x 5"h  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 10bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 10aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 10c
Vase Form No.10
13"h x 5" x 3"  (3 views)
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 Keiichi Shimizu Vase 11cKeiichi Shimizu Vase 11bKeiichi Shimizu Vase 11a
Vase Form No.11
13"h x 4.5" x 3.5"  (3 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 12aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 12c
Vase Form No.12
13.5" x 11" x 10h"  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 13aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 13b
Vase Form No.13
9" x 6" x 7h"  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 14aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 14b
Vase Form No.14
8.5" x 5" x 8.5"h  (2 views)
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Leiichi Shimizu Vase 15aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 15c
Vase Form No.15
7.5" x 5.5" x 7.5"h  (2 views)
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 Keiichi Shimizu Vase 16b
Hanging Vase No.16
11"h x 3" x 3.5"  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 17aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 17b
Hanging Vase No.17
11.5" x 4.5" x 3"  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Vase 18aKeiichi Shimizu Vase 18b
Hanging Vase No.18
7" x 4" x 4"  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Triangle 19aKeiichi Shimizu Triangle 19b
Triangle Bowl Form No.19
11" x 8" x 2"  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Triangle 20aKeiichi Shimizu Triangle 20b
Triangle Bowl Form No.20
11.5" x 7.5" x 2.5"  (2 views)
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Keiichi Shimizu Incense Boxes 21b_22b
Above & below:
Incense Box 21 (left) Sold;   Incense Box 22 (right) Sold
Keiichi Shimizu Incense Box 21a_22a
 
 Keiichi Shimizu at opening of Tanba Modernism II Show Keiichi Shimizu Tanba Modernism II Show
Tanba Modernism II Opening Tanba Modernism II opening Tanba Modernism II opening
Mr. Shimizu at the opening of Tanba Modernism II show in Touching Stone Gallery

Shows & Awards

1986  Hyogo Prefecture Art and Craft Show

1989  Governor’s Award, Hyogo Prefecture Art and Craft Show

1991  Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

1992  Solo show, Gallery Totosho, Osaka

Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

1993  Kinki Division Award, Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

Japan Craft Show

1994  Recognition Award, Saga Daikakuji Flower & Ceramics Show

Asahi Craft Show

Yaki-Shime-ten open competition

NITTEN Show

1995  Solo show, Gallery Ogawa, Kyoto

Kinki Division Award, Japan Modern Art and Craft Show

Japan Craft Show

NITTEN Show

Director’s Award, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce

Daikakuji Award, Daikakuji Flower and Ceramics Show

1996  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

NITTEN Show

Osaka Mayor’s Award, Osaka Craft Show

1997  Solo show, Gallery Osaka Mitsukoshi, Osaka

NITTEN Show

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

1998  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

1999  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

Japan Craft Show

2000   2-person show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001  Grand Prize for Hyogo Prefecture Art & Crafts Show

2002  Modern Craft Award, Japan Modern Art & Crafts Show

2004  Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kobe Club, Kobe

2006  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2007  Recognition Award, Kikuchi Biennial

Solo show, Gallery Kintetsu, Yottkaichi

Solo show, Gallery Daimaru, Tottori

2008  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Solo show, Gallery Kandori, Tokyo

2009  Recognition Award, Kikuchi Biennial

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

2010  Solo show, Gallery Kandori, Tokyo

Excellence Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

Solo show, Watanabe Fine Art Gallery, Osaka

2011  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe

Recognition Award, Cha-no-yu Show, Tanabe Museum

Recognition Award, Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition

2012  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2013  Selected for 22nd Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition

          Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico