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Title

Shigaraki

1989

Artist

Daniel Kelly

United States of America, Japan

1947 -

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1989
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph, woodcut and chine collé
    Edition
    2/4
    Dimensions
    98.0 x 63.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l.to l.c., pencil "Daniel Kelly". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    432.1993
    Copyright
    © Daniel Kelly

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    Daniel Kelly

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication