Posts Tagged 'Ogata Kenzan'

i wish i made it…

Kitaoji Rosanji ~ 1883 – 1959

Kitaoji Rosanjin ~ 1883 – 1959

as i go in to make plates today – this pot is much on my mind.

something in the air today is really talking like autumn is on our heels.  Rosanjin’s plate above and the Kenzan’s below really evoke this changing of season.

the American Pottery Festival is coming right up and I’m hoping to get two – maybe three glaze kilns out ahead of the deadline.

i’ve been obsessed by cups and mugs lately.  mostly i like trying to do a lot w/ a little – and i’m still sketching thru ideas and permutations of the new surfaces – but i’ve got to move on to some other forms.

today it’s plates and jars and it’s nice to go into the studio w/ Rosanjin and Kenzan on my mind.

Ogata Kenzan ~ 1663-1743

Ogata Kenzan ~ 1663-1743


Ogata Kenzan on my mind…

Ogata Kenzan -Incense Box; ca.1731-1743
Ogata Kenzan -Incense Box; ca.1731-1743

This is the first pot I remember associating with the great Japanese Potter, Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743).  I must have been in Scholes Library with a big stack of books piled next to my cozy chair.  I remember feeling that I had just seen something special.  There seemed so much contained expression in this simple, tiny object.  This was the kind of pots I wanted to make.

As I work in my studio I try to be guided by great objects of the past and the artists that made them.  I don’t wish to duplicate great objects, but to create pots that dwell inside a lineage with them.  I like to imagine that if a pot of mine was placed next to a great pot, like the one above, a conversation could take place.

The Kenzan piece was on my mind today as I finished up this little spice jar:

spice jar-after Kenzanspice jar-after Kenzan (top)

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