かなざわ燈涼会(とうりょうえ)Kanazawa Touryoue Offical Site

かなざわ燈涼会(とうりょうえ)Kanazawa Touryoue Offical Site

This weekend has been the Kanazawa Touryoue, a poetic name referencing the cool lights and lanterns on a summer eve in the Eastern Teahouse district.  The three-day event features collaborations and crossovers between artists, designers, gallery owners, and restaurants/cafes/teahouses.  We visited a few spots this evening, will upload and post images shortly…

Exhibition “Tokuda Yasokichi: The Power of Colour, Drawing on the Past” from The Japan Times Online

“Tokuda Yasokichi: The Power of Colour, Drawing on the Past” | The Japan Times Online.

…must find a way to see this exhibition – it’s currently at the Moa Museum, perhaps a good reason to visit Shizuoka, a prefecture I’ve yet to explore.  The third generation of a traditional overglaze family in Kanazawa, Tokuda Yasokichi III was trained in Kutani  techniques, but pioneered his own contemporary approach called saiyu, for which he was named a National Living Treasure (人間国宝 or ningen-kokuhou).  Works like the one above would be painstakingly applied with up to 200 gradational blends of Kutani overglaze colors to achieve the soft transitions seen in the image.