I honestly, really, really appreciate traditional artistry and history, but when it comes to my contemporary life, I don’t like to surround myself with things that look like they are from the past. It’s a personal preference. So I never got into Japanese pottery, although it’s as revered as the art of flower arrangement, laquerware, kimono and any other artistry from this culture. Pottery reminds me of The Flinstones. I can’t help it. Well, I didn’t turn my eye to pottery UNTIL I saw some work from pottery master Takuro Kuwata (桑田卓郎）. He makes the most characteristic pottery I have ever seen, and what I wouldn’t give to have these pieces in my living room for special guests. Just like in fashion, these pieces can be used to enrich and be useful in daily life too- brownie points!
私は素直に、正直に、本当に… 。心から伝統的な芸術手腕 (時間をかけて習得したそのスキル) と、その歴史を評価したいと思う。
So what’s your favorite? I think the sweaty bowls are mine. Everyone likes the sweaty bowls…..
He had his first ever one-man installation in New York earlier this year and is gaining momentum in the art world. And for a lot more than just sweaty bowls. Check out his work, and might I add the artist himself is pretty stylish!?
asst editor Yoshi Peter