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GANSUI

Gallery of Japanese contemporary ceramic art

2017

Ten Tea Bowls and Ten Guinomi cups
with one special piece


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TOMOHISA OBANA

"Pathway with treaures"

March.31(Fri) - Apr.09(Sun), 2017

Tomohisa Obana will be at GANSUI gallery on
Mar.31(Fri), Apr.1(Sat), 2(Sun), 8(Sat) and 9(Sun)

TANI Q

 

 

 

Pathway with treasures

Every morning Tomohisa Obana takes a walk with his dog and he sometimes finds interesting clays or materials for pottery along his walkway. We asked him to make good tea bowls from only the materials that he found in the vicinity.

 

 


 

 

 

 

He always concentrates all his attention on controlling a kiln to get the best result for the clay. Like a nervous chef who controls the oven for his special dish, Tomohisa Obana makes full use of his kiln. And he never hesitates to challenge with unknown clays. He has visited some foreign countries and planed and built kilns that would be tailored to the local conditions.

To get good matters for his bowls, he kept his eyes peeled . But it was not easy to get enough stuffs in the limited area. Eventually one year passed. I visited his atelier and I could picked up more than twenty outstanding tea bowls among hundreds. So I decided to hold an exhibition of 20 tea bowls, not only ten.

I am happy to introduce what he has made with the bland new materials.

 

Tomohisa Obana KISETO type tea bowl
One day he felt some green pieces are necessary for his show. But it was difficult to find out some copper materials. But he finally find a painted lid of an earthen pot. He scraped off a green part form the lid and made a spoonful of green glaze.

Tomohisa Obana OOPARTS
"A television set" covered with baked feldspar powder. He found a TV set in a pond. He said as there were rusted iron, copper wires, glasses and plastics in it he would be able to make some glazes from it. Of course it will cost and take more time to make. Eventually he covered it with baked feldspar powder for this show. If we could have leeway, he could show us ten more different tea bowls.


Tomohisa Obana

The beauty of well- baked pieces... Glossy pieces with somewhat straind contour. A wistful appearance. Tomohisa polished and finished the trace of piling and named the set of broken pieces RAKUGAI: It means marginal area of Kyoto. Capital place except the palace and central down town.)
Tomohisa Obana

 

 

TOMOHISA OBANA

1983 Born in Kyoto

2005 Graduated from KYOTO SAGA COLLEGE OF ART 2005-2007 Apprenticed himself to Mr. Darren Damonte in Shiga pref. 2007-2009 Built a kiln and independent at Shigaraki
2009-current Moved to IGA in Mie pref.

Symposiums and Workshops
2012 Shigaraki ACT “信楽”
2014 The 4th ARCTICLAY 2014 (Finland)
2015 International Culture Art Dialogue 2015 (Turkey)
2015 V. International MACSABAL Woodfiring (Turkey )

 

 

 

 

 

GALLERY

tea bowls
Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704A)
With wooden box
dia.13.2xh8cm

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704B)
With wooden box
dia.13.5xh8.5cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704C)
With wooden box
dia.13.2xh8cm

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704D)
With wooden box
dia.14.8xh10cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704E)
With wooden box
dia.14.3xh10cm

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704F)
With wooden box
dia.19.5xh7.9cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704G)
With wooden box
dia.13.5xh9cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704H)
With wooden box
dia.11.4xh8.6cm

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704I)
With wooden box
dia.14xh8.1cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704J)
With wooden box
dia.17.5xh8.6cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704K)
With wooden box
φ14xh9.3cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704L)
With wooden box
φ14.3xh8.5cm

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704M)
With wooden box
φ18.3xh5.4cm

JPY50,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704O)
With wooden box
dia.13xh7cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704P)
With wooden box
dia.16.5xh6.5cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704Q)
With wooden box
dia.11xh7.5cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704R)
With wooden box
dia.12.7xh7.5cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704S)
With wooden box
dia.17.4xh5.6cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704T)
With wooden box
dia.12.6xh7.8cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704U)
With wooden box
dia.11.7xh6.9cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704V)
With wooden box
dia.15.6xh5.3cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704W)
With wooden box
dia.15xh5.6cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704X)
With wooden box
dia.11.5xh6.6cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

WAKI tea bowls SQUIRES  
Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704Q)
With wooden box
dia.11xh7.5cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704U)
With wooden box
dia.11.7xh6.9cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

OTOWA tea bowl(obt1704W)
With wooden box
dia.15xh5.6cm

JPY30,000(TAX is not included)

Et C'est la
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Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana Tomohisa Obana

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GANSUI Gallery
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gallery hours: 12:00 - 19:00
Excel Horikawa 1F
653 Shimotenjin-cho, Kamigyo-ku
Kyoto 602-0074 JAPAN

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