Working at a ceramic studio in Yugawara

I have been working on a ceramic sculpture for a gymnasium in Ota ward, Tokyo, having fun at glazing.
The art work will be integrated with 1600 convex mirrors on the wall.

Kazenobi

When Yoshino Elementary School closed its doors after 103 years, the agrarian town of Shin-Totsukawa-cho, the neighboring town of Takikawa where I grew up, decided to restore (architectural restoration plan by Yoshihiko Iida) and appropriate the school facility into my atelier and gallery. I wanted it to be a place of communication and experience through sculpture, named Kazenobi (Beauty of the Wind).

Kazenobi is open daily except Mondays from May to October. A tiny shop sells my special art pieces only available here, and one can enjoy exquisite cookies and tea at the café.

photo by machiko endo

Unlike museums and galleries, where one is confronted with art, Kazenobi is a place to spend a pleasant time surrounded by art. For this reason, not too many works are exhibited at the same time. By changing the exhibited works from time to time, one can encounter new artworks and enjoy the change in space. Moreover, admission is limited to a number of people entering at the same time, allowing for a quiet and peaceful time to enjoy the surrounding nature. Locals and visitors from far away come here to seek tranquility in a beautiful environment.

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Paseo Unveiling Ceremony

One of four artworks I have been working on in Shigaraki since last year has been installed in the shopping mall at the Sapporo JR Station. This artwork is made of terra-cotta, and the accentuated 103 vertical lines represent trees.

The title is “Terminus Forest” and the size is 118″ height x 709″ width. The unveiling ceremony was held on April 29, 2011. I also designed the underground public square and passage walls. All artwork will be completedin October 2011.