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Shiro Otani’s Japanese Pottery

In Japan, clay is a high art form with centuries-old traditions. Nowhere is this tradition more celebrated than in Shigaraki, an 800-year old pottery village. SHED is pleased to welcome acclaimed ceramic artist Shiro Otani from Shigaraki for a pottery demonstration, slideshow and exclusive artist’s reception in the Grange.

Otani has studied under Uichi Shimizu, a “living national treasure,” and was himself designated as an intangible cultural asset of Shigaraki. His work is celebrated around the world for its modern yet mysteriously primordial feel. The classic firing technique he employs uses a large wood-burning super-heated kiln to create a surface that appears to erupt with soft pinks and oranges to crusty gray, olive green, and toasted brown, a specific look that is coveted for use in tea ceremonies.

After a live demonstration with his potter’s wheel and a slideshow of the village of Shigaraki, his kilns, and his work, Otani will show his work in an exclusive artists reception at SHED, one of the only places in the country where his work can currently be seen and purchased. Green tea and traditional handmade wagashi, a¬†seasonal Japanese confection, will be served at the reception.

Shiro Otani began his studies at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts under Kyubei Kiyomizu, Eiichi Shohu and Kunio Uchida. In 1973 Otani moved to Kinose Dairino in Shigaraki and built an anagama and a noborigama (climbing kiln). He is the recipient of the Governor’s Award at Shiga Prefectural Art Exhibition and the Fifth Japan Crafts Association’s Kinki Exhibition Award, as well as a past participant in the 16th and 20th Exhibitions of Japanese Traditional Arts and Crafts. He was a member of the committee that arranged the Shigaraki World Pottery Festival in 1989.

Otani has had many solo exhibitions in Japan including Takashimaya (in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama), Seibu (in Ikebukuro, Yurakucho), Meitetsu, Osaka Mitsukoshi, and the Minami Aoyama Green Gallery.

In the United States, Otani’s work has been collected by Harvard University, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Smithsonian Institute.
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Oct 18, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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