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Tadashi Nishihata

Tanba Masterworks

August 6 - September 8, 2010

 

See more of this artist's work:

Nishihata's 2003 show  2004 show  2006 show  2008 show  2010 show  2013 show

Tadashi Nishihata  西端正

Touching Stone Gallery is honored to host an exhibition of masterworks of Japanese ceramist Tadashi Nishihata, three-time winner of the Tanabe Museum of Art sponsored Chanoyu Zokei Ten Grand Prize.

Nestled in a beautiful valley along the Shitodani River that runs through the mountains northwest of Kyoto is the picturesque village Tachikui, historically known as Tanba*, one of the six oldest pottery centers in Japan. The rich ferrous soil in this area has supported generations of farmers and artisans since the Kamakura period (1180 - 1230). Tanba pottery is fired traditionally with wood. The oldest working noborigama (climbing kilns) in Japan are still used here. This serene setting is home of some of the world’s most beautiful ceramics.

Tadashi Nishihata (b. 1948) comes from a family steeped in pottery tradition. His great great great grandfather Ichifusa was a master potter known for his figurative sake bottles in the late Edo period. Nishihata’s father, Sueharu (b. 1926), is a respected ceramist who has exhibited extensively. The long historic and family background provides Nishihata with tremendous depth for his life-long pursuit.

Nishihata’s pottery exudes an unmistakable aura of strength and confidence, as if it is aware of its importance. Among Nishihata’s many achievements, the most significant is re-establishment of an ancient Tanba finish called Akadobe-yu (red clay glaze). In the early Edo period (1603 – 1867), some Tanba potters applied a certain type of glaze onto their pots to make them water-tight. Their glazed pottery turned a distinctive deep reddish color after firing. This type of pottery was made for only several decades, after which the method for creating it was inexplicably lost. For almost four centuries, numerous potters have tried to reproduce this ancient finish without success. Nishihata worked for more than 30 years and succeeded to re-create the Akadobe-yu finish in 2001. He gained wide recognition not only for this accomplishment, but also for his generosity in sharing his hard-earned knowledge with all his peers.

Nishihata’s work is inspired by nature. Every winter, wind from the Sea of Japan brings snow to the mountains around Tanba, transforming the valley into a wonderland of frosted rocks and forests. In the spring, melting snow turns rivers and streams emerald, new leaves decorate the drab earth with brilliant green. Nishihata captures the changing seasons on his pottery with the unique Hai-yu finish that he invented, a turquoise-colored glaze made from ashes of the rice plant mixed with different wood ashes. The distinctive texture on his tea bowls is also his original, attributed to a unique clay that he discovered years ago while hiking in a remote mountain near Tanba.

In 1994, Nishihata won the Grand Prize of the prestigious Chanoyu Zokei Ten (Modern Tea Forms) Exhibition, sponsored by the Tanabe Museum of Art. In 2003, Nishihata was selected along with three other Japanese master ceramists to show in Touching Stone Gallery. He followed with a series of successful solo exhibitions in the same gallery every other year since. In 2005, Nishihata won the coveted Grand Prize of the Chanoyu Zokei Ten Exhibition for a second time. And in 2006, he repeated this feat by winning the same Prize for the third time, thus becoming the only artist who has ever been bestowed with this prestigious award three times and twice in consecutive years.

This spectacular exhibition features 21 masterpieces which showcase Nishihata’s signature Akadobe-yu, Hai-yu, as well as natural ash glaze.

* Tan (red)-Ba (wave) got its name from a kind of red rice grown in ancient time which turned the area into a sea of red. The name is often written as Tamba.  Tanba is used here to preserve the original meaning and pronunciation, following revised Hepburn romanization. 

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Vase No.1 w/ fire change finish
wood-fired ceramic  11.5" x 11.5" x 11"h  (3 views)
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Bowl No.2 w/ Akadobe-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  16" x 16" x 14"h  (3 views)
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Vase No.3 w/ fire change finish
wood-fired ceramic  10" x 7" x 15"h  (3 views)
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Vase No.4 w/ fire change finish
wood-fired ceramic  8.5" x 8.5" x 14"h  (3 views)
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Vase No.5 w/ fire change finish
wood-fired ceramic  11" x 11" x 18"h  (3 views)
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Bowl No.6 w/ Akadobe-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  14" x 13" x 13"h  (2 views)
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Bowl No.7 w/ Akadobe-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  13.5" x 13" x 10.5"h  (2 views)
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Vase No.8 w/ Akadobe-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  11.5" x 10" x 12"h  (2 views)
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Vase No.9 w/ fire change finish
wood-fired ceramic  8.5" x 8" x 7.5"h  (2 views)
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Vase No.10 w/ fire change finish
wood-fired ceramic  6.5" x 6.5" x 8"h  (2 views)
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Vase No.11 w/ fire change finish
wood-fired ceramic  6" x 6" x 10"h  (2 views)
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Vase No.12 w/ Hai-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  9.5" x 9.5" x 9.5"h  (2 views)
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Bowl No.13 w/ Hai-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  13.5" x 12" x 12"h  (3 views)
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Bowl No.14 w/ Hai-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  11" x 9" x 16"h  (3 views)
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BBowl No.21 w/ Akadobe-yu finish
wood-fired ceramic  14" x 12" x 13"h  (3 views)
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Tea Bowls 

 
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Tea Bowl No.15 w/ Hai-yu finish (w/ wooden box)
wood-fired ceramic  5" x 4" x 3.5"h  (4 views)
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Tea Bowl No.16 w/ Hai-yu finish (w/ wooden box)
wood-fired ceramic  5" x 4.5" x 4"h  (4 views)
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Tea Bowl No.17 w/ Hai-yu finish (w/ wooden box)
wood-fired ceramic  5" x 4.5" x 4"h  (4 views)


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Tea Bowl No.18 w/ Akadobe-yu finish (w/ wooden box)
wood-fired ceramic  5" x 4.5" x 4"h  (4 views)
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Tea Bowl No.19 w/ fire change finish (w/ wooden box)
wood-fired ceramic  4.5" x 4" x 4"h  (4 views)
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Tea Bowl No.20 w/ fire change finish (w/ wooden box)
wood-fired ceramic  5" x 5" x 4.5"h  (4 views)
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Exhibitions & Awards

1948   Born in Tachikui, Japan

1969   Began career in ceramic

1976   Honorable Mention, Hyogo Prefecture Exhibition

1978   Selected for Japan Crafts Association, Kinki Exhibition

1986   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

1988   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Matsushita Prize, Japan Craft Association, Kinki Exhibition

1989   President Prize, Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Oikawa Memorial Prize, Handon Association

1990   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Honorable Mention, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

1991   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Grand Prize, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

1992   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Honorable Mention, Hyogo Prefecture Emerging Artists

           Japanese Ceramics Now Invitational Exhibition, Paris, France

1993   Excellence Award, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

           Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

1994   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Tokyo

1995   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

1996   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Solo  Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Tokyo        

           Excellence Award, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

1998   Solo  Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Tokyo

1999   Honorable Mention, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

2000   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

           Solo  Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Tokyo

2001   Selected for Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

2002   Solo  Exhibitions, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Tokyo

2003   Japanese Teabowl Masterworks Exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2004   Solo Exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005   Grand Prize, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

           Solo  Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Tokyo

2006   Grand Prize, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

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

           Selected artist, International Folk Art Market, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico

2007  Excellence Award, Chanoyu no Zokei Ten Exhibition, Tanabe Museum of Art

          Invitational Exhibition, Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

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

          Solo Exhibition, Takashimaya, Yokohama

          Solo  Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Tokyo

2009  Invitational Exhibition, Japan Ceramic Exhibition, Tokyo

          Solo  Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Sendai

          Solo Exhibition, Gallery Dojima, Osaka

2010  Solo Exhibition, Sogo Department Store Gallery, Kobe

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