Kelly was born in Idaho in the USA and received his training at the Tokuriki Atelier in Kyoto where he still lives. This particular print is a rich mix of gesture, texture and tradition.
Shigaraki is one of the most famous of the Japanese ceramics, particularly the typical large, unglazed red-orange stoneware jars. The history of the Shigaraki kilns, situated to the east of Kyoto, dates back some 700 years when the kilns produced items such as seed storage jars for local farmers and burial jars for the local Buddhist temples. Shigaraki ware became famous when tea masters started using them in the tea ceremony from the sixteenth century. Through the influence of the tea aesthetic, they were admired for their unpretentiousness, their simplicity and honesty of form, and the textures and colours of their surfaces. The shape of Shigaraki pieces is uneven as the pieces are formed by the ancient technique of coiling and smoothing; the surface is rough and patterned with the flecks of white quartz peculiar to Shigaraki clay.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 56.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
lithograph, woodcut and chine collé
98.0 x 63.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l.to l.c., pencil "Daniel Kelly". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
© Daniel Kelly
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 51 (colour illus.), 56. cat.no. 27