The beauty of Japan comes to life at Kodo Antiques
The aesthetic of Japan will come to life November 6-14 at the Kodo Arts Warehouse with a new collaborative exhibition and sale that combines ancient Japanese treasures from the old world with inspiration from contemporary art. Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques will feature a unique exhibition of modern ceramic pieces from Japan’s leading modern ceramic artists, including pieces by Takuma Murakoshi, the most fashionable modern ceramic potter in Japan at the moment. Known for his whimsical, free-spirited approach to ceramics and earthy, wild creations, he fires his pieces in a three-day climbing, wood-fired oven, producing unpredictable and organic glazes. A sip of sake in one of her sake cups is sublime. Using clays from Shigaraki, outside of Kyoto, they are rough and have white stones that melt during firing, creating unique glazes. Called “choseki” in Japanese, meaning long-lived stones, they are rich in feldspar. This explains the amazing textures it gets. Modern day Musashi with a black beard and ponytail, his love for ceramics is felt in every room.
Kodo Arts will also feature a large-format Japanese calligraphy display by well-known local artist Miyu Tamamura. This piece was made with a large calligraphy brush in front of an audience of hundreds of people in 2009. The artist enters a meditative state and then finishes the painting, creating in the moment. A video of the performance can be viewed on YouTube. Type Live Japanese Calligraphy by Miyu.
As she explains in her own words: “The moment the brush touches the paper is the birth of art. The moment the brush leaves the paper, it is the death of art. Calligraphy is a trace of invisible energy made visible in the most spontaneous and artistic way.
Calligraphy is one of the arts still used in Japan to calm the mind and sharpen the mind. It requires full attention every moment and every breath. In the past, any samurai who claimed to be a master would often excel at the art of calligraphy because one had to be in the area, free from deliberation or imagination to achieve the elusive unity with the brush. Like archery, fencing, the art of tea or meditation, it was another tool to train the mind and the heart.
The Kodo Arts Warehouse will also be filled with beautiful antique furniture, home decorations, gardens, kimonos, architectural objects and the unusual. November 6 to 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Open to the public twice a year. Call 530-478-0812 or email kodo-arts.com with any questions.
Source: Kodo Arts Japanese Antiquities