Upcoming Exhibition & Artist Visit: Katsunori Sawa & Makoto Yamaguchi

“Transcending Time – The Expressions of Japanese Aesthetics Where Tradition and Modernity Meet”

This June, HULS Gallery will hold a joint exhibition showcasing the works of Katsunori Sawa & Makoto Yamaguchi. This exhibition presents a fusion of traditional and modern Japanese ceramics that reflect the unique artistic sensibilities of the two artists. Both born in traditional pottery regions and acquiring a deep understanding of Shigaraki and Mino ware, Katsunori Sawa and Makoto Yamaguchi have taken their craft to the next level with their unique expressions instilled with Japanese aesthetics.

Among Sawa’s works are the Yobitsugi (patchwork) series, which pay homage to his mentor Goro Suzuki’s technique. In this process, multiple vessels are cut into several pieces and then assemble using pure lacquer and gold. His Shigaraki works stand out for their powerful expression of soil and flames, with rare Hikidashi (pulled out) pieces featuring beautiful natural ash glaze called “Vidro”. His Oribe works, inspired by the tea master Oribe Furuta, are playful and imaginative, reflecting his own spirit of creating freely without being bound by common sense.

On the other hand, Yamaguchi’s works showcase his talent for combining traditional Japanese patterns with contemporary techniques and vibrant colors. Inspired by the bold and decorative aesthetics of the Japanese traditional art style “Rinpa,” his intricate Rinpa Oribe pieces feature elaborate picture and pasted patterns combined with Oribe glaze. In his simple Oribe works, he uses different Oribe glazes sourced from Mino and Seto, pouring them boldly to create beautiful gradients of green and blue. His Ofuke works are equally striking, with a modern take on the classic Ofuke style known for its simple, rustic appearance with hues of green or yellow. By adding a contemporary twist through the application of glaze and firing, his pieces are given a fresh and cool impression.

The exhibited items will include a variety of exquisite pieces such as sake cups, tea bowls, tableware, flower vases, and jars. During designated dates of the exhibition, both artists will be present at our gallery in-person. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with them directly and gain insights into their works, inspirations, and craft techniques. We look forward to welcoming you.

HULS Gallery Duxton Hill
Artist Visit: 3 & 5 June 2023
Exhibition Dates: From 3 to 17 June 2023
Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm