Shigemasa Higashida

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,
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
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.
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