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Yoshitaka Hasu
Eminence
July 1 - August 3, 2011
See more of this artist's works:
 2007 show, 2008 show, 2009 show, 2011 show

Yoshitaka Hasu Iga ceramic show

"Yoshitaka Hasu’s toubako captures the soul and spirit of his mentor, long after the dining hall fell silent in Shiro Banura’s Shangri-La."
 
Yoshitaka Hasu  蓮 善隆

Hidden at the end of a winding road in the mountains outside the Japanese town of Iga stands a big thatch-roof mansion that was once a Shangri-La for famous artists and celebrities during the 1970s. The place was the brainchild of ceramic artist Shiro Banura (1941-2001). Banura was influenced by eminent artist-writer Rosanjin (1883-1959), who once said, “If clothes make the person, dishes make the food”. Likewise, Banura believed an artist must live in art in order to make art. He built the retreat complete with a large worshop, and invited many luminaries to stay, entertaining them with fine food presented on beautiful handmade utensils. Top artists like Matazo Kayama, Ikuo Hirayama, Ryohei Koiso were frequent guests. It was in this bustling time that a young artist named Yositaka Hasu sought apprenticeship with Banura.

Yoshitaka Hasu (b. 1949) was educated as an engineer before meeting Banura. By all accounts, the apprenticeship was unorthodox. Hasu admired how his mentor integrated art into daily life, so he immersed himself in the creative energy and artistic visions the many guests brought to the retreat. However, instead of learning to make pottery, he spent most of his time cleaning the premises and preparing gourmet food for his mentor and guests. Only after finishing the chores could he work in the studio, largely on his own. This arrangement gave Hasu the inspiration and artistic freedom to develop a personal style unique among Banura’s apprentices and completely different from the fine Kyoto-style ceramic that his mentor was known for.

Shiro Banura's house
Main building of Shiro Banura's Shangri-La (ca. 1975)
Photo courtesy of Yoshitaka Hasu
By the time Hasu finished his apprenticeship in 1979, the Japan economic ‘bubble’ was about to burst, and Banura’s Shangri-La was in decline. Hasu stayed in Iga and built his own kiln. Iga is a historic pottery center with a thousand-year pottery tradition. Its pottery is quite similar to the Shigaraki ware produced in a neighboring district, both sharing a distinctive glass-like natural ash glaze and dramatic fire marks over rough pitted clay surfaces. However, Iga pottery tends to be more robust. During the Momoyama period (1573-1600), Iga was synonymous with some of the most revered tea ceremony ware in Japan. In recent time, however, fewer than several dozen active potters remained, and even fewer pursued the craft beyond utilitarian purposes.

Hasu was attracted to the unpretentious beauty of wood-fired Iga pottery, but he needed more freedom in form. He began to experiment with modern forms and techniques using his engineering background. He collected clay from local areas, trying samples with varying malleability, iron contents, heat resistance, and interactions with wood fire. He selected the best clay and kept it under straw covers to age for several years before use.

During his career, Hasu has produced some of the most exciting original work built upon the Iga tradition. He works like a sculptor. Using a technique called kurinuki, he carves out exterior forms and scoops out the interiors, paring away anything superfluous to distill out the strongest lines unique for each piece. His works are powerful, direct and dynamic. Another hallmark of Hasu’s work is the dramatic decorations created by combining beautiful natural ash glaze with black iron glaze, a process that requires sequential firing and intimate knowledge of the materials.

Despite the stylistic difference, Hasu’s work is true to his mentor’s vision. One of Hasu's favorite forms - the toubako (ceramic box) - embodies the idea of living with art. Hasu has elevated the toubako to an art form, each sculpted into a unique work of art that serves a dual function as a serving container. Japanese enjoy art with all their senses. One fancy restaurant in the Ginza District in Tokyo is reputed to treat special customers with Hasu’s toubako. Imagine the drama of serving fine food in such a work of art, and the joy of opening the container to find more unexpected beauty within! Perhaps more than any other ceramic form, Hasu’s toubako captures the soul and spirit of his mentor, long after the dining hall fell silent in Banura’s Shangri-La.
 

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Yoshitaka Hasu Vase 17aYoshitaka Hasu Vase 17bb
Vase No.17
Wood-fired ceramic
17" x 14" x 10.5"h  (2 views)  Sold


  Hasu Toubako 1b Hasu Toubako 1dHasu Toubako 1e

Toubako 'Tower' No.1
9-layered wood-fired ceramic boxes
6" x 6" x 18"h  (3 views)   Sold



Hasu Toubako 2aHasu Toubako 2bHasu Toubako 2d

Toubako No.2
3-layered wood-fired ceramic boxes
6" x 6" x 7.5"h  (3 views)  
Sold


Haswu Toubako 3aHasu Toubako 3bHasu Toubako 3d

Toubako No.3
Wood-fired ceramic box
7" x 7" x 7"h  (3 views)
   Sold


Hasu Toubako 4bHasu Toubako 4cYoshitaka Hasu Toubako 4d

Toubako No.4
Wood-fired ceramic box
8" x 8" x 7"h  (3 views)  Sold




Hasu Toubako 5bHasu Toubako 5aYoshitaka Hasu Toubako 5e

Toubako No.5
Wood-fired ceramic box
7" x 7" x 5"h  (3 views)  Sold



Hasu Toubako 6aHasu Toubako 6bHasu Toubako 6c

Toubako No.6
Wood-fired ceramic box
7" x 6" x 5.5"h  (3 views)   Sold



Hasu Vase 7cHasu Vase 7b

Vase No.7
Wood-fired ceramic vase w/ lid
13.5" x 11" x 9h  (2 views)  Sold





Hasu Vase 8aHasu Vase 8bHasu Vase 8e

Vase No.8
Wood-fired ceramic vase w/ lid
4" x 4" x 10h  (3 views)  Sold


Hasu Vase 9aHasu Vase 9c

Vase No.9
Wood-fired ceramic vase
16" x 8.5" x 13.5h  (2 views)   Sold





Hasu Vase 10cHasu Vase 10bHasu Vase 10a
Vase No.10
Wood-fired ceramic vase
5" x 6" x 9h  (3 views)   Sold


Hasu Vase 11aHasu Vase 11cHasu Vase 11d
Vase No.11
Wood-fired ceramic vase
9" x 8" x 10.5h  (3 views)   Sold



Hasu Vase 12aHasu Vase 12b
Vase No.12
Wood-fired ceramic vase
10" x 6.5" x 7h  (2 views)  Sold



Hasu Vase 13aHasu Vase 13dHasu Vase 13b
Vase No.13
Wood-fired ceramic vase
7.5" x 8" x 7.5h  (3 views)  Sold



Hasu Toubako 14aHasu Toubako 14bHasu Toubako 14c
Toubako No.14
Wood-fired ceramic box
6.5" x 6.5" x 7"h  (3 views)  Sold



Hasu Toubako 15aHasu Toubako 15d
Toubako No.15
Wood-fired ceramic box
5" x 4.5" x 6"h  (3 views)

Sold

 
Hasu Toubako 16aHasu Toubako 16bHasu Toubako 16c
Toubako No.16
Wood-fired ceramic box
5.5" x 5.5" x 5"h  (3 views)   Sold




Yoshitaka Hasu Vase 18bYoshitaka Hasu Vase 18aYoshitaka Hasu vase 18c
Vase No.18
Wood-fired ceramic vase
8" x 8" x 9"h  (3 views)




Yoshitaka Hasu Vase 19aYoshitaka Hasu Vase 19bYoshitaka Hasu Vase 19c
Vase No.19
Wood-fired ceramic vase
6.5" x 6.5" x 8"h  (3 views)  Sold



Yoshitaka Hasu Vase20aYoshitaka Hasu Vase20b
Yoshitaka Hasu Vase 23aYoshitaka Hasu Vase 23b
Hanging Vase No.20
Wood-fired ceramic vase
4" x 2.5" x 14"h  (2 views)  Sold



Hanging Vase No.23
Wood-fired ceramic vase
5" x 3" x 13"h  (2 views)  Sold



Yoshitaka Hasu Vase 21cYoshitaka Hasu Vase 21aYoshitaka Hasu Vase 21b
Vase No.21
Wood-fired ceramic vase
8.5" x 7" x 8"h  (3 views)  Sold


Yoshitaka Hasu Vase 22aYoshitaka Hasu Vase 22cYoshitaka Hasu Vase 22d
Vase No.22
Wood-fired ceramic vase
8.5" x 8" x 8.5"h  (3 views) 
Sold


Yoshitaka Hasu 24aYoshitaka Hasu Toubako 24dYoshitaka Hasu 24e
Toubako No.24
Wood-fired ceramic box
8.5" x 7" x 7"h  (3 views)  Sold


Exhibitions

1949  Born in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
1975  Started 4-years apprenticeship with Shiro Banura
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
         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
         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
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
2009  Solo exhibition, Gallery Nakatani, Kyoto
2010  Solo exhibition, Gallery Hana, Ehime
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art gallery, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touan, Osaka
2011  Solo exhibition, Gallery Hanamitu, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka