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GANSUI

Gallery of Japanese contemporary ceramic art

2018

Ten Tea Bowls and Ten Guinomi cups
with one special piece


 

MANABU NISHIBAYASHI

HAIKATSUGI-TENMOKU
(Ash-covered TENMOKU)
JUKOH SEIJI 
(JUKO MURATA's 
favorite celadon)

 

Jul.27(Fri) - Aug.05(Sun), 2018

Ryoji Koie tea bowl

When Rikyu tried to put the imported Chinese pottery behind, it was a revolution of the cultural value of the age.

Chinese TENMOKU tea bowls brought by the returnee-Buddhist monks were the most beautiful and valuable ceramics. Even Rikyu would make the new twist to the concept on the value of the beautiful ceramics, he could not find out the alternative among Japanese pottery immediately.

Rikyu admired WABI&SABI and rejected "NOUVEAU RICHE" taste.


The alternative for the gorgeous perfect ceramics was the old Chinese daily-use bowls like ash-covered Chinese TENMOKU(iron-glazed black tea bowl) or casually-fired brown celadons. They were imported several hundreds years before at the time, and though they were not so gorgeous but very precious to obtain. They are the first step or the sign to create Japanese original and valuable pottery.

Lately these works are going unnoticed. But Manabu Nishibayashi keeps studying on these old Chinese works. So we asked him to show his old-China-inspired bowls in his style.
The good tea bowls to show the concept of WABI SABI that the tea masters in the 16 century found the beauty of " HIE, SHIMI, SABI, KARABI :coldness freeze, loneliness,perishing).

The tea masters in the16 century valued the old Chinese bowls of 400 years before at that time. Of course Nishibayashi's bowls are fresh and vivid, just emerging from his kiln. But what we would like to introduce are durable enough to use for hundreds years.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

MANABU NISHIBAYASHI(b.1975-)
Born in Nara prefecture. Manabu Nishibayashi studied pottery at SHIGA prefectural pottery research center for two years. His passion for the true beauty in the old Asian ceramics was strong and he visited museums countless times. Frankly speaking I was very impressed when he said he used to make HAIKATSUGI-TENMOKU. Because they are not so popular that no young potters would be happy to make them. He also knew well on JUKOH-SEIJI. These are old Chines wares that old tea masters loved. I was sure he would hold an interesting exhibition at GANSUI. It took more than 2 years to prepare for this exhibition. But the works are worth to wait.


 

 

 

GALLERY

TEA BOWLS

 

cups

   

Plus One

     

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GANSUI Gallery
Open on Fri,Sat,Sun, Mon
gallery hours: 12:00 - 19:00
Excel Horikawa 1F
653 Shimotenjin-cho, Kamigyo-ku
Kyoto 602-0074 JAPAN

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