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Yoshitaka Hasu

Contemporary Iga Pottery

August 1 - September 3, 2008

 

See more of this artist's works: 2007 show  2008 show  2009 show  2011 show

Yoshitaka Hasu  蓮 善隆

Located southeast of Kyoto, Iga is one of the oldest pottery centers in Japan, with a pottery tradition dating back at least 1,200 years. During the Momoyama period (1573-1600), Iga was synonymous with some of the most revered tea ceremony ware in Japan. Today, there are fewer than several dozen active potters in Iga. Even fewer are pushing the craft beyond utilitarian purposes. One of the most notable exceptions is Yoshitaka Hasu, who has taken the ancient Iga tradition to new levels.

Yoshitaka Hasu was born in 1949 in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. After earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National College of Technology and working for several years in development of telecommunication, he chose instead to pursue a career in ceramics. In 1975, he started an apprenticeship with ceramist Shiro Banura (1941-2001) in Iga. Banura was strongly inspired by Rozanjin (1883-1959), a famed ceramist and novelist with a discriminating taste, who advocated living with art through serving fine food with beautiful handmade utensils and decorating with flowers in exquisite vases. This philosophy, which blurs the distinction between utility and art, has been a major influence on Hasu’s work. In 1979, Hasu established his own studio in Iga, where he has been producing some of the most original and exciting work built upon the Iga tradition and this philosophy.

Historically, Iga pottery was made in a style similar to Shigaraki ware produced in a neighboring district. Both share a distinctive glass-like natural ash glaze and dramatic fire marks over rough pitted clay surfaces, and Iga pottery is typically more robust. Hasu harvests his own clay from the nearby mountains, a difficult yet important step, as the clay must have the right malleability, iron contents, beautiful interaction with ash glaze, and high heat resistance (Hasu fires up to 2,480 deg. F). The harvested clay is sorted into piles and kept under straw covers to age for several years until it is ready for use.

Hasu works like a sculptor. Using a technique called kurinuki, he carves out exterior forms and scoops out the interior of solid chunks of clay, paring away the unnecessary to reveal distinctive lines for which he is renowned - powerful, direct and very dynamic. His decorations are equally dramatic, a unique combination of natural ash glaze and an iron glaze, which he pours freely over the sculpted surfaces.

One of Hasu's favorite forms is the toubako (ceramic box). His fascination with the toubako forms stems from his interest in merging utility and art, a philosophy inspired by his mentor. The drama and joy of opening a beautifully made toubako to reveal more unexpected beauty within becomes a powerful medium through which the artist expresses his vision.

Touching Stone Gallery is honored to launch the America debut for Yoshitaka Hasu in 2007.  This year, our gallery is privileged to host another exhibition of the spectacular works that epitomize the aesthetic philosophy of this exceptional Iga artist.

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Vase Form No. 1

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   18" x 16" x 13.5"h (3 views)

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Vase Form No. 2

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   12" x 8" x 9.5"h (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 3

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   11.5" x 8" x 9.5"h (2 views)

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Toubako Tower No. 7   ( 7-piece stacked ceramic boxes )

Iga fire-changed ceramic   15" x 4.5" x 15"h (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 5  (ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   14.5" x 5" x 4.5"h

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 Toubako No. 9  ( 3-piece stacked ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  8.5"h x 5" x 5" (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 10  ( 3-piece stacked ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  7"h x 7" x 6"h  (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 11  ( ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  7" x 7" x 5"h

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 Toubako No. 12  ( ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  7" x 7" x 5"h  (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 13  ( ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  7" x 7" x 4"h  (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 14  ( ceramic box)

  Iga fire-change ceramicd   6.5"h x 6.5" x 7"h (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 15  ( ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   7.5"d x 4.5"h

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Toubako Tower No. 8   ( 7-piece stacked ceramic boxes )

Iga fire-changed ceramic   15"h x 6.5" x 6.5" (2 views)

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Tower No. 16   (vase w/ cover)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   15" x 4.5" x 15"h (2 views)

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 Vase w/ Cover No. 17

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   13" x 8" x 9"h

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 Vase w/ Cover No. 18

  Iga fire- changed ceramic   10.5"h x 3.5" x 3.5"  (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 4

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   10.5" x 8" x 8.5"h  (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 20

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   13" x 7" x 8"h

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 Vase Form No. 21

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   7.5" x 7.5" x 9"h  (2 views)

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 Vase Form No. 22

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   8" x 7" x 9"h  (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 23

  Iga fire- changed ceramic   11" x 7" x 7"h  (2 views)

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 Hanging Vase Form No. 19

  Iga fire-changed ceramic

16.5"h x 1.75" x 1.75"

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 Hanging Vase From No. 24

  Iga fire-changed ceramic

18.5"h x 2.5" x 2.5"

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Hanging Vase Form No. 25

  Iga fire-changed ceramic

18"h x 2" x 2"

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   Hanging Vase Form No. 26

Iga fire-changed ceramic

14.5"h x 2"d

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 Wall Plate No. 6

 Iga fire-changed ceramic

   11.5"h x 11" x 1

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Wall Plate No. 27

Iga fire-changed ceramic

 15"h x 6.5" x 1

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Wall Plate No. 28

 Iga ash & iron-glazed ceramic

11"h x 11" x 1

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Form No. 29

Iga fire-changed ceramic

 10.5" x 10" x 5"h  (two views)

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Biography & Exhibitions

 

1949   Born in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

1975   Started 4-years apprenticeship with Iga ceramist Banura Shiro

1979   Established own kiln and studio in Iga

1982   First solo exhibition, Yokohama Takashimaya Art Gallery, Yokohama

1983   Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka

1984   Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka

1986   Solo exhibition, Gallery Kuroda Touen, Tokyo

1987   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

1988   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Yokohama Takashimaya Art Gallery, Yokohama

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Akiyama, Kurume

1989   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

1990   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Kagura, Mie

1991   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Fukuya Art Gallery, Hiroshima

1992   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

1993   Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

1994   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Hanamitsu, Osaka

1996   Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

1997   Solo exhibition, Gallery Tachikichi, Kyoto

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Blanche, Osaka

1998   Solo exhibition, Gallery Tachikichi, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Shun, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima

1999   Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Ayame, Shizuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Yuuan, Nara

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka

2000   Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Tousei, Kyoto

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Candide, Tokyo

2001   Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Aoyagi, Niigata

2002   Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Ayame, Shizuoka

2003   Solo exhibition, Gallery Yufuku, Tokyo

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Issouan, Okazaki

2004   Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Junikagetsu, Fukuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Tousei, Kyoto

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Nakanishi, Yokohama

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima

2005   Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Toukurou, Hyougo

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka

           Solo exhibition, Seigendo, Sapporo

2006   Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Touan, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Ayame, Shizuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Tousei, Kyoto

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Teisokuan, Mie

2007   Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama

           Solo exhibition, Touching Sone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

           Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art gallery, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Hana, Ehime