Utsuwa Shoken is a gallery based in Kamakura conveying the beauty of daily use ceramics created by ceramic and porcelain artists such as Teppei Ono, Atsushi Ogata and Yaku Murakami. From this city, once the capital of Japan and now famous for its historic temples, they organize and supervise exhibitions throughout Japan. They have also published a number of books that illustrate the beauty of Japanese ceramics and their role in the quality of everyday life.
Selected works from the ceramic and porcelain artists which Utsuwa Shoken carries in their gallery is presented, and can be purchased in their exhibition room.
"Ceramic artists persistently think about the forms of their works. They think with their hands, so to speak, and turn their inspiration into physical objects by means of those same hands. Yet these objects are in a continual process of change. Unlike mass produced crockery, for which the process of molding to firing is tightly controlled, the spontaneous ceramic form is momentary and fleeting. The particular clay or raw material used,the thickness and flow of the glaze, the condition of the kiln; an individual piece of pottery is dependent on a distinct balance between all of these factors, and no one piece is identical to another. As a result, every encounter with an utsuwa is said to be unique and a once-in-a-life-time experience." /Text from the book "UTSUWA KATACHI — JAPANESE CERAMICS AND FORMS"
(Top: 4 bowls by Atsushi Ogata)