2011年11月21日

Various News Updates

Greetings from Kansai! One of several reasons I'm here is Kyoto living legend Sueharu Fukami; in fact I visited his studio today to discuss plans for 2012. Whenever I visit Fukami-san, I find time slipping away like water in one's palm. I arrived at 11:00am and thought I would be out by 12pm. Yet, lo and behold, when I left the door it was already 1:30pm. I guess we had a lot to talk about.

I was hoping to take some pictures while I was there, yet unfortunately I have no photos which I can disclose at this point in time! Let's just say that we hope to get some stellar work from the artist in 2012 - that is, if his precarious health continues to be stable, and if his current difficulties with his porcelain clay is vanquished (the clay manufacturer where he used to get his clay from went under last year). Let's hope for the best.

Similarly, I regret to announce that two Yufuku artists working in ceramics have become ill - one is still recovering, while the other just discovered that he would need to receive treatment. More information will follow when the time is right. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both artists.

On a brighter note, the growing list of Nagae Shigekazu's works in public collections have increased by three in the past month - the Seto City Museum of Art in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, and the Musee Cernuschi in Paris. The works have yet to be shipped in regards to the latter two, yet I believe they will be set to be delivered in December. We can't be happier for Nagae-san. Congratulations! By the way, I recently wrote an article in Craft Arts International on Nagae-san. The images look great, and please do have a read when you can. I hope to post the article online in the near future.

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Lastly, I leave behind an image of a new Kako work that is currently being exhibited at Yufuku and which I particularly enjoy. I hope you feel the same. The show runs until Saturday the 26th.

Sorry for these brief snippets. More to follow this week, where I visit metal artist Nishi Yuzo (metal-casting) and a bamboo artist who I look forward to introducing at Collect in 2012. Please stay tuned!

From eastern skies,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Yufuku Gallery

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