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Yoshitaka Hasu

Contemporary Iga Ceramic Masterworks

July 3 - 29, 2009

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

Yoshitaka Hasu Pottery 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. The current show features his latest body of work that epitomizes the aesthetic philosophy of this exceptional Iga artist.

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Vase Form No. 7

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   17" x 15.5" x 15" (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 23

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   11" x 13" x 13" (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 24

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   18.5" x 8.5" x 8.5" (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 1

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   11.5" x 10" x 9.5" (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 2 w/ Lid

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   13" x 9.5" x 9.5" (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 3

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   9" x 4" x 9.5" (2 views)

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Vase Form No. 4

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   8.5" x 8.5" x 7.5" (2 views)

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Toubako No. 5  (ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   6.5" x 6.5" x 5"

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Toubako No. 6  (ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   7.5" x 8" x 5.5"

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

Iga fire-changed ceramic   15" x 5" x 16" (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 9  (3-pc ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   10" x 4.5" x 8"  (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 10  (ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  8"h x 4" x 9.5"  (2 views)

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Vase w/ Lid No. 11

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  5.5" x 5.5" x 8.5" (2 views)

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 Toubako No. 12  ( ceramic box)

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  11.5" x 4.5" x 5"

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Vase Form  No. 13

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  11" x 7" x 6"  (2 views)

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 Vase Form  No. 14

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  13" x 7" x 7" (2 views)

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Vase Form  No. 15

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  10" x 8" x 6.5"  (2 views)

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Vase Form  No. 16

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  10" x 8" x 9"  (2 views)

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Vase Form  No. 17

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  7.5" x 7" x 9"  (2 views)

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Vase Form  No. 18

  Iga fire-changed ceramic  10" x 8.5" x 7"  (2 views)

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Hanging Vase No. 19

  Iga fire-changed ceramic

24.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" Sold

 

 

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Hanging Vase No. 20
Iga fire-changed ceramic
25" x 2" x 1.5" Sold

 

 

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 Wall Plate No. 21

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   11" x 11" x 1"

(Strung for display in any orientation)

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Wall Plate No. 22

  Iga fire-changed ceramic   15" x 6.5" x 1"

(Strung for display in any orientation)

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Wall Plate No. 25

Iga fire-changed ceramic

   11" x 10.5" x 1"

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Yoshitaka Hasu's 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 Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

           Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art gallery, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Hana, Ehime

2008   Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Hanamitu, Osaka

           Solo exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Natatani, Kyoto

           Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka

2009   Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama

           Solo exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Hana, Ehime

           Solo exhibition, Gallery Teisouann, Mie