An Iga Kogo by Kishimoto Kennin and Tamba Kogo by Nishihata Tadashi, both superb examples of their craft and tradition, both by these prominent artists and both enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. The Kennin piece is a small square reminiscent of a pillar stone from some long lost temple, the edges covered in earth, the round top lost in a covering of moss. Here he has breathed new life into the traditional form, both paying homage and yet leaving his indelible mark on it to carry it to the new century. Tadashi as well creates a traditional bun (manju) form, however has allowed the clay some dry time, leaving the surface cracked and creviced from the shaping, into which splashes of earth tones seep, allowing it a contemporary pizzazz while paying tribute to those anonymous pieces from the past. It is this continuation and development upon tradition which charges contemporary Japanese pottery with such energy.
Size, W 6.2 and 6.6 cm ( 2-1/2 inches) H 3.8 and 4.6 cm ( 2 inches)
Kishimoto Kennin artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms, and moving on to the next challenge when his appetite and personal genius has been satiated. He was exhibited and prized at the National Japanese Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogei Ten), National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten), Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition (Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten) and Asahi Togei Ten among others, and is held in several important international collections.
Nishihata Tadashi was born in Sasayama in the mountains of Hyogo, an ancient castle town in 1948. He began potting in 1969, focusing on items for use. In 1986 he first entered the realm of public exhibitions with his entry into the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition in 1986. He was awarded in 1988 at the Kinki Kogeiten regional Crafts fair. In 1989 he would see the first of many awards at the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition as well as a first time entry into the Nihon Togeiten National Ceramics Exhibition. In 1990 he would continue garnering fame with the first of several awards at the Tanabe Art Museum Chanoyu no Zokei Ten (Modern Forms in Tea). After that his career has escalated, with many more recognitions at these Expositions. For more see the recently acquired piece by Tadashi at the Asia Pacific Art Museum in San Francisco