Shigemasa Higashida Oribe Master Mino Wares Include Shino (many sub-styles) Oribe (Green and Black) Setoguro (Black Seto) Ki-Seto (Yellow Seto) Artist Statement • I would like you to find much difference between clay and other materials such as glass, metal, stone, and wood and how I bring out and express the distinctive feature of clay. • I always try to make my works released from preconceived concept. • Size, weight, and other functions that my work has are created by such open-mided imagination. However, I also know it is important that I learn from our predecessor's works to elaborate my sensibility. Only if I acquire these elements can good works be made. As a potter. • I hope you can find your original way to use my pottery. After all, my works become the ultimate works as they are used. • I sincerely wish you would enjoy my works and hopefully sympathize with the sensibility that I express. • 14 x 42 inches! • Kazuhiko Miwa Flower Crown No. 9, 2007 22.25 x 8.75 x 9" mishima clay, straw ash glaze • Looking at Shigemasa Higashida's ceramic work, one starts to see views of a mountain range from the sky. Puddles of glaze shines in different colors like mysterious lakes. Higashida says, "without knowing, the path I should follow became clear." He started working with ceramics at the age of 29, and continues to challenge himself. • Shigemasa Higashida Born in Hiroshima in 1955, Higashida studied ceramic art at the Gifu Prefectural Tajimi Industrial School and graduated in 1984. Has received several awards including first prize nell'Asahi Ceramic Competition. He has exhibited in major galleries and department stores in Tokyo including Miyasaka Gallery and Takashimaya, Sogo and Wako department stores. In New York is the Dai Ichi Gallery, which has for some years on the exclusive exhibitions overseas. Higashida had the merit of having led the Japanese ceramics tradition toward a new and fresh direction showing great technical ability and artistic. His works revisit two of the main styles of Japanese pottery: Oribe and Shino style. Both are based on the Zen principle of wabi, or Poverty sought, the absolute refusal of ostentation. Both Shino Oribe that it is based on modeling clay made with only hands, without using a lathe or the superposition of a spiral cord material. The examples made in the style Shino, then, are characterized by an enameling in shades ranging from cream to red, while the Oribe style are richer in tones of green and blue. The version dell'Oribe as interpreted by Higashida, appears very bright and vibrant greens ranging from light colors and the moods of spring to the most deep and dark as the range covers all shades of blue, from turquoise to sea ' blue sky. Equally rich in nuances, albeit played on two-color cream-red, are the specimens Shino style. All objects Higashida are made not only to be admired but to be used, we could then define the Japanese artist an interior designer in all respects. Beyond. They go beyond the aesthetic and functional, representing a real form of meditation for those who created them, evocative of distant landscapes can induce different feelings and emotions. Vases, boxes, plates, incense burners are just some of the artistic products that Higashida present himself to the Roman public in an unusual setting that will transform the gallery visitor - at least in the opening night - in a tea room between the notes to the Japanese koto performed exceptionally concert by Maki Kimiko.