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Kiyoharu Ichino
Edge of Purple
March 8 - April 3, 2002

See more of this artist's work:  2002 show,  2006 show,  2008 show, 2010 show

Kiyoharu Ichino  市野清治

Nestled in a beautiful valley along the Shitodani River among towering mountains northwest of Kyoto is the picturesque village Tachikui, the historic center of Tanba pottery. The rich ferrous soil in this area has supported generations of farmers and artisans since the early Kamakura period (1180-1230). The oldest existing nobori-gama (climbing kiln) in Japan is found here. This serene unpretentious locale is home of some of the most beautiful ceramics that have influenced aesthetic development in Japan and the western world. Famed British ceramic artist Bernard Leach was a frequent guest in this village.

Today, many ceramists continue the long pottery tradition in this valley. Traditional Tanba pottery is fired unglazed at very high temperature in large wood-fueled kilns. It takes days of continuous firing and hundreds of bundles of wood to produce Tanba pottery. Firing gives personalities to Tanba clay, which is renowned for its rich texture and deep reddish brown colors tinted with a subtle shade of purple. Our featured artist Kiyoharu Ichino gains national recognition by creating highly original works that bring out the unique beauty of this clay in award-winning innovative forms.

Ichino believes that clay is not simply an innert material for making utensils and sculptures. Rather, clay has intrinsic beauty and unique personalities, and the artist must understand those qualities and bring them out through his creations. Ichino's works appear to be integral parts of the clay rather than separate objects made from it. Using a traditional wood-fueled anagama (hole kiln), he creates one-of-a-kind pieces that quietly show off the unique colors and textures of Tanba clay. To emphasize this aesthetic concept, his works often bear trademark "wounds" on meticulously sculpted surfaces to expose the clay body. As in life, beauty often lies deep beneath the surface. It shines through only when one looks past superficial imperfections.

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"Edge of Purple" -  ceramic vase #3 
12"x11"x7"  (2 views)

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"Trillium" - Ceramic vase #5
12"x9"x9"  (Two views)
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"Convergence" - ceramic vase #4

"Flatiron" - ceramic vase #6
7.5"x11.5"x 4"

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"Undulation" - ceramic vase #1
  6.5"x14.5"x4.5"  (Two views) 
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"Silver Mist" - ceramic vase #8 
9.5"x4.5"x4.5" (Two views)

"Spirit of Ancient Tanba"  - ceramic vase #9

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"Square Bowl" - ceramic bowl #2

"Moss in Rusty Bowl" - ceramic bowl #12

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"Inclination" - ceramic vase #11

"Emergence" - ceramic vase #7

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Mentori incense-burner with lid #16

Round incense-burner with lid #17

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"Oooh" - ceramic vase #14
5.5" x5.5" x5.5"

"Moonstone" - ceramic plate #15

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"Hisago (Gourd)" - ceramic hanging vase #20

Ceramic vase/tottkuri #18

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Ceramic hanging vase #19 

Ceramic hanging vase #21  
8" x2.25" x2.25"

1984  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1986  All Kansai Art Exhibition
1987  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1989  Cha-no-yu Show in the Tanabe Museum
1990  Japan Crafts Association Kinki Branch Exhibition
1991  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1992  Hyogo Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1992  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1992  Solo show, Gallery Osaka Hanshin, Osaka
1993  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1993  Recognition Award, Saga Daikakuji Flower and Ceramics Exhibition
1994  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1995  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1995  Nominated as permanent member of The Japan Crafts As- sociation
1996  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1997  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe
1997  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1998  Solo show, Gallery Tokyu, Tokyo
1998  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
1998  Solo show, Gallery Kobe Daimaru, Kobe
1999  Solo show, Gallery Osaka Daimaru, Osaka
1999  Solo show, Gallery Shun, Tokyo
2000  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2000  Two Visions in Contemporary Tanba Pottery, Touching Stone, New Mexico
2001  Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2001  Solo show, Gallery Osaka Daimaru, Osaka