The Works of Takushi HARAGUCHI


Biography: Takushi Haraguchi

1947

Born in Kyoto, Japan

 

1971

Graduated from Dokkyo University, Bachelor of Arts

 

1976

Graduated from Kyoto Prefectural Pttery School

 

1978

Received Arts and Crafts Award from Kyoto Prefecture

 

1979

Received  Nihon Kogeikai Kinki Branch Award

 

1980

Art exhibition at Toriumi Gallery in Mitaka, Tokyo

 

1981

Regular art exhibitions at Takashimaya in Nihonbashi, Tokyo and Mitsukoshi, Nagoya

 

1987

Participated in 80th Anniversary "Nihon no Takumi" Exhibit at Takashimaya

Held art exhibit regularly at Takashimaya Gifu

 

1989

Held art exhibit regularly at Takashimaya, Kyoto

Participated in Contemporary Potters Exhibition at Daimaru, Kyoto

 

1990

Help art exhibit at Takashimaya, Osaka

 

1991

Participated in "Heisei Togei no Zenbo to Tenbo" Exhibition at Tenmaya, Okayama & Hiroshima

 

1993

Held art exhibit at Seibu Takanawa-kai in the Osaka Royal Hotel

Held art exhibit regularly at Tenmaya, Osaka

 

1994

Received "Tea Ceremony Arts Exhibit sponsored by Urasenke" Award

Participated in "Kyoto Sosaku Togei no Nagare" sponsored by the Museum of Kyoto

 

1995

Held art exhibit regularly at Matsuzakaya, Yamagata

 

1996

Participated in Nihon Kogeikai Toyama Branch Exhibition

Received Asahi Pottery Award

 

1997

Held "Seiji Tenmoku Two-Men Exhibit" at Gallery Daiichi-Arts, Manhattan

 

2002

Held art exhibit a Takashimaya, Yonago

 

2003

Held art exhibit at Hankyu, Umeda

Held art exhibit at Tenmaya, Fukuyama


About: Kanyo-Seiji

"Kanyo-Seiji" (most beautiful celadon) pottery was made for the Sung-Dynasty in China about one thousand, one hundred years ago; it is the best pottery in the world. Ibelieve nobody could make better pottery than Kanyo-Seiji, in the past or the future.

 

There are only two hundred Kanyo-Seiji pieces currently in existence throughout the world.  Art museumus, including those in the United States, display Seiji (celadon) pottery called Minyo, produced by private kilns, called Ryusen-yo.  In the beginning, Ryusen-yo represented good quality artwork similar to Kanyo-Seiji.  However, these pieces use a hazy green glaze on the clay.  This glaze made it casier to produce a lot of potter for exporting Minyo-Seiji all over the world.

 

On the other hand, the Sung-Dynasty selected the best potters and ordered them to make Kanyo-Seiji with a blue glaze; they called this blue color "blue sky after rain."  Also, a brown color signifies the top and foot portions called "Shiko-tessoku" To make the Kanyo-Seiji pieces, the potters used clay containing a lot of iron, called Akatsuchi.  This made creating the perfect blue color very difficult.

 

First they made a shape with red clay, and then put glaze on it at various times.  This process takes a long time and a lot of work.  A potter can produce perfect Kanyo-Seiji only twenty to thirty percent of the time.  The clay containing iron is not very heat resistant; if causes the clay to deform and lose its shape.  Sometimes it makes the clay shrink or makes the glaze peel away when baking.  Also, when the clay is baking in the kiln, it gives off gaseous fumes.  The gas sometimes forms air bubbles.  That's what makes blue color could not be produced.  This sky blue color is the signature color for Kanyo-Seiji.  True Kanyo-Seiji does not have a green glaze. 

 

Kanyo-Seiji looks very noble and has a perfect shape; it feels warm.  I have spent more than twenty years reproducing Kanyo-Seiji.  I'm never bored by the Kanyo-Seiji process because it is challenging for me.  I'm not interested in easy work.  I aim to produce the same blue color as Kanyo-Seiji; the shapes are my original ideas.  I am always trying to make noble art work.  I believe it's the most important issue of Kanyo-Seiji.  I will keep making Kanyo-Seiji for the rest of my life.

 

- Takushi HARAGUCHI