Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The display of Japanese Pottery is almost as important as the pottery itself. There is a myriad of ways to bring out the beauty of a particular piece. I will show various ways to "show off" your treasures. I will be adding more ideas from time to time. Hopefully these ideas will encourage you to experiment with your own pieces. Have fun!
On tatami mat
On a spool
In a Cube
On brick or stone
On cloth pillow mats or coasters
A grouping of Bizen pottery.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I am working on adding various common motifs and patterns on Japanese ceramics. It is a work in progress so it will be a while until I get all the information and pictures added. I decided to go ahead and publish it in its unfinished form in hopes that it is of some help to my followers. Look forward to many changes and additions in the future.
"Japanese and Oriental Ceramics" by Hazel Gorham pg 209-210 "...To the Japanese the pine is symbolic of strength because it lives to a great age; its unchanging green suggests fidelity; and prosperity is indicated y the rich green of its needles. Some species of pine have needles growing in pairs which suggests unfailing devotion. The pine is a very common motive on Japanese ceramics where it is sometimes pictured in naturalistic form but more often very much stylized. Japanese artists have conventionalized the branches of the pine tree into semi-circular form difficult for the uninitiated to recognize; and two pine needles still joined together as they fall from the tree is a common ceramic motive."
Mountain and water/ Sansui (山水)
The bottom is is Shonzui. Combined pattern would be described as Hana Shonzui.
Crackle Glaze with dark lines/ Hibi Yaki
Mountain Range/Toyama (遠山)
Brush Stroke/Hakeme (刷毛目)
Karakusa, Hana Karakusa and Tako-Karakusa (蛸唐草)
(Thanks to my friend Alice for teaching me this term)
White dots used on Imari
Thousand Strokes/Sen-gaki (千書)
Pine Bamboo and Plum/Sho-Chiku-Bai (松竹梅)
The pieces shown above are various renditions of the "sho chiku bai" design. Top left is a strenciled design with the center being the focus. The bottom left also uses the center as its focus. It also uses the crane motif. The top right transfer ware has the plum in the center and in three section around the outer design. The bamboo and the pine needle motif fill the remaining outer portions.
The Four Noble Friends or Four Gentlemen/ Shi Kunshi
This pattern is made up of the combination of bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthyemum and orchid
Round Pattern/Maru-Mon (丸紋)
The left is Japanese the right is Chinese. Both use this motif.
Comb Pattern (Nabeshima ware)
Mesh Pattern/Ami-Me-Mon or Amide (網手)
Crab (かに 蟹)
Phoenix or Hoo Bird
Crane and Turtle/Tsuru-Kame (鶴 と 亀)
Cherry Blossom/Sakura (桜)
Maple Leaf/Fuuyou 楓葉
THE ASIAN ZODIAC
When the New Year approaches, stores in Japan fill up with themed items according to the Asian Zodiac. There are always many ceramic renditions to choose from. Although often used to celebrate the designated new year, animal images can be seen on ceramics just as decoration anytime. Tigers, dragons and rabbits are always favorites.
Japanese and Oriental Ceramics by Hazel H. Gorham
Various Japanese books on ceramics
Various Japanese books on ceramics
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