The Artisan World
W.S. Merwin, American, born 1927. The Moon Before Morning
It turns but does not try to remember
it does not precede or follow
obey nor disobey
it is not answering a question
it arrives knowing without knowledge
it makes the pieces one by one in the dark
there is always enough dark
before time comes with the locusts
the insects of comparison the improvers
with their many legs in the dazzling air
makers of multiplication and series
they never touch what is awake here
and is not waiting nor asking nor fashioned
but is one with the uneven current of breathing
with the silence untouched by the rush of noise
Recent Japanese porcelain and stoneware
Impressed stoneware: the form is created by slicing clay with wire; the surface impressed with metal files, 2011. Hoshino Kayoko, born 1949, Japan. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Sectional box, stoneware with enamel overglaze decoration, 1998. Suzuki Goro, Japanese born 1941. Philadelphia Museum of Art
Stoneware with coloured clay inlays, 2005: an exaggerated profile of an actor of the Noh theater with a small head and dressed in voluminous robes. Kishi Eiko, Japanese born 1948. Philadelphia Art Museum
Ring of Flowers, porcelain with coloured glazes, 2000. Tokuda Yasokitchi III, 1933-2009, Japanese. He learned the use of glazes from his grandfather and further refined them to obtain this starburst effect. He was declared a National Treasure in 1997. A high circular window of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is reflected.
Water jar of marbleized stoneware with lacquer lid, 1982. Matsui Kosei, 1927-2003, Japanese. He was designated a Living National Treasure in 1993. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Stoneware with gradated coloured clay, 2009. The work is composed of thin layers of clay tinted with mineral dyes. Miyashita Zenji, 1939-2012, Japanese. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Coral Sculpture of Shigaraki stoneware, 1998. The structure is coated with pellets (chamotte) and topped with iridescent yellow. Katsumata Chieko, born 1950, Japan. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Lotus Leaf-Shaped Vase, 1987, porcelain with celadon glaze. Kawase Shinobu, Japanese born 1950. Philadelphia Art Museum
Water Container, 2012, porcelain with enamel overglaze decoration. Sasaki Fumiyo, Japanese born 1964. Philadelphia Art Museum
Linda Cordell, American
Linda Cordells’ work, shown at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 2016, is shocking for an interpretation in pristine, delicate porcelain of nature, red in tooth and claw; and of the use made of animals by humans.
The ceramicist wants us to stop thinking of animals as cute.
Culled Lamb, 2016, porcelain, plastic, wood, paint
Sanguinary, 2016, porcelain, wood, plastic and paint.
Unknown name, 2016; porcelain, paint, plastic, paint
Sun Koo Yuh, American born Korea 1960
Middle of Somewhere, glazed porcelain, 2000, Philadelphia Art Museum.
Using the Korean folk colours and story creatures of his childhood, the ceramicist built this from the inside out and from the bottom up.