Erskine, Hall & Coe presents its second solo exhibition of work by Yasuhisa Kohyama. The show will comprise of 26 vessels of varying shapes and colours, and will be open from the 4th through the 27th of February 2015.
Kohyama has played a very unique and significant role in reviving the use of the traditional Japanese 'Anagama' wood firing kiln, as he was the first potter in Shigaraki to build such a kiln since the Middle Ages. He is also a contemporary master of the ancient practice of Sueki, a method that originated in southern China and which accounts for his unglazed yet glassy surface textures.
Kohyama's work is collected internationally and exhibited widely throughout Japan and overseas. It is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as several museums throughout the Netherlands and Germany.
"The work of Kohyama…is an expression and bold bridge between the ancient techniques of Sueki and anagama firing and contemporary Japanese abstract ceramics. No glazes are used on his works; the varied surface texture, sheen and matte effects, and subtly restricted colors of each piece are achieved entirely by the potter’s hand, the clay body composition, the firing wood and the placement in relationship to the intense heat of the kiln, and the unpredictably swirling ash, all highly natural results." --Ann Albano, Executive Director, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 2009
The exhibition will be fully illustrated on our website on the day it opens and will be viewable from Monday through Saturday, 10:00 - 18:00 and free to attend.