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Contemporary Iga Pottery

Yoshitaka Hasu Iga Pottery Show 

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About the artist

Yoshitaka Hasu (b.1949) was educated as an engineer before taking up an apprenticeship with renowned potter Shiro Banura (See Hasu's interesting background.) That apprenticeship taught him uncommon discipline and a life-long relation between living and art. Hasu was drawn to the rustic beauty of wood-fired pottery, but needed more freedom in form. He experimented with modern forms and techniques, using his engineering background. He collected clay from local areas, testing its malleability, iron contents, heat resistance, and interactions with wood fire. The best clay would be kept under straw covers to age for several years before use.

During his career, Hasu has produced some of the most exciting original work built upon the Iga tradition. He works like a sculptor. Using a technique called kurinuki, he carves out exterior forms and scoops out the interiors, paring away anything superfluous to distill out the strongest lines unique for each piece. His works are powerful, direct and dynamic. Another hallmark is the dramatic decorations created by combining beautiful natural ash glaze with black iron glaze, a process that requires sequential firing and intimate knowledge of the materials.

Despite stylistic differences from his mentor, Hasu’s work is true to his mentor’s vision. One of Hasu's favorite forms - the toubako (ceramic box) - embodies the idea of living with art. Hasu has elevated the toubako to an art form, each sculpted into a unique work of art that serves a dual function as a serving container. Imagine the drama of serving fine food in such a work of art, and the joy of opening the container to find unexpected beauty within!

Since his American debut in 2007, Hasu has gained a strong following in the US through a series of highly successful shows in Touching Stone Gallery. In 2015, Hasu was invited as a guest artist by North Carolina Potters Conference to present a lecture and demonstrate his techniques. He sees a parallel in his work and the beauty of functional pottery created by generations of American potters. It is our great privilege to showcase outstanding recent examples of Hasu's unique functional art in this exhibition.
 

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   Hasu Tobako 01Hasu Toubako 01

Toubako 'Tower' 01 (2012)
8-layered wood-fired ceramic boxes
5.25" x 5.75" x 18.25"h  (2 views)
$2,000

 

 

 

 

Hasu Toubako 02Hasu Toubako 02

Toubako 02 (2014)
4-layered wood-fired ceramic boxes
9.5" x 6.5" x 7.5"h  (2 views)  

Sold



Hasu Toubako 03Hasu Toubako 03

Toubako 03 (2015)
6-layered wood-fired ceramic box
5.75" x 6.75" x 11.25"h  (2 views)
$1,800


Hasu Toubako 04Hasu Toubako 04

Toubako 04 (2013)
Wood-fired ceramic box
7.25" x 7" x 6.25"h  (2 views)
$950




Hasu Toubako 05Hasu Toubako 05

Toubako 05 (2012)
Wood-fired ceramic box
6.5" x 7" x 5"h  (2 views)
 $650



Hasu Toubako 09Hasu Toubako 09

Toubako 06 (2012)
Wood-fired ceramic box
7" x 6.5" x 4.5h  (2 views)

$750



  Hasu Toubako 07Hasu Toubako 07

Toubako 07 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic box
7.25" x 7.25" x 6.25h  (2 views)
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Hasu Toubako 08Hasu Toubako 08

Toubako 08 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic box
7.25" x 8.25" x 5h  (2 views)
$850



Hasu Toubako 09Hasu Toubako 07
Toubako 09 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic box
9.75" x 3.5" x 3.5h  (2 views)
$750



Hasu Toubako 010Hasu Toubako 010
Toubako 010 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic box
5.25" x 5" x 5.25h  (2 views)
$550


Hasu Vase 06Hasu Vase 06
Vase 011 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic vase
10" x 10" x 9.25"h  (2 views)
$1,300



Hasu Vase 012Hasu Vase 012
Vase 012 (2013)
Wood-fired ceramic vase
8" x 7" x 7"h  (2 views)
$1,000



Hasu Vase 013Hasu Vase 013
Vase 013 (2013)
Wood-fired ceramic vase
3" x 2.75" x 13.25h  (2 views)
$650



Hasu Vase 014Hasu Vase 014
Vase 014 (2015)
Wood-fired ceramic vase
11.5" x 10" x 6.25"h  (2 views)
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Hasu Vase 015Hasu Vase 015
Vase 015 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic vase
5.5" x 5.25" x 8.75"h  (2 views)

$1,000


 
Hasu Toubako 016Hasu Toubako 016
Toubako 016 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic box
4" x 4" x 6.25"h  (2 views)
$550




Hasu Toubako 017Hasu Toubako 017
Toubako 017 (2014)
Wood-fired ceramic box
10" x 6.5" x 7"h  (2 views)
Sold





Exhibitions

1949  Born in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
1975  Started 4-years apprenticeship with Shiro Banura
1979  Established own kiln and studio in Iga
1982  First solo exhibition, Yokohama Takashimaya Art Gallery, Yokohama
1983  Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka
1984  Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka
1986  Solo exhibition, Gallery Kuroda Touen, Tokyo
1987  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
1988  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Yokohama Takashimaya Art Gallery, Yokohama
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Akiyama, Kurume
1989  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery Osaka
1990  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Kagura, Mie
1991  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery
         Solo exhibition, Fukuya Art Gallery, Hiroshima
1992  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
1993  Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
1994  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Hanamitsu, Osaka
1996  Solo exhibition, Tokyo Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya 1997
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Tachikichi, Kyoto
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Blanche, Osaka
1998  Solo exhibition, Gallery Tachikichi, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Shun, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima
1999  Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Ayame, Shizuoka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Yuuan, Nara
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Tenjin, Fukuoka
2000  Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Tousei, Kyoto
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Candide, Tokyo
2001  Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Aoyagi, Niigata
2002  Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Ayame, Shizuoka
2003  Solo exhibition, Gallery Yufuku, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Issouan, Okazaki
2004  Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Junikagetsu, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Tousei, Kyoto
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nakanishi, Yokohama
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima
2005  Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Toukurou, Hyougo
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Seigendo, Sapporo
2006  Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touan, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Ayame, Shizuoka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Tousei, Kyoto
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Teisokuan, Mie
2007  Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Touching Sone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
         Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art gallery, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Hana, Ehime
2008  Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Hanamitu, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Natatani, Kyoto
         Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
2009  Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Hana, Ehime
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Teisouann, Mie
2009  Solo exhibition, Gallery Nakatani, Kyoto
2010  Solo exhibition, Gallery Hana, Ehime
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art gallery, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touan, Osaka
2011  Solo exhibition, Gallery Hanamitu, Osaka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
         Solo exhibition, Sun Gallery Sumie, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
2012  Solo exhibition, Gallery Masukyu, Yamagata
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Wearch, Hyougo
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touan, Osaka
2013  Solo exhibition, Gallery Kochuraku, Kagoshima
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, JR Nagoya Takashimaya Department Store Art Gallery, Nagoya
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Teisokuan, Mie
2014  Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Touka, Fukuoka
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Deco, Mie
         Solo exhibition, Isetan department Store Art Gallery, Tokyo
         Solo exhibition, Ishihara-sou, Kagoshima
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Wearch, Hyougo
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Ayame, Shizuoka
2015  Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Department Store Art Gallery, Osaka
         Invited guest artist, North Carolina Potters Conference Invitational Exhibition (lecture & demonstration), Asheboro, North Carolina, USA
         Solo exhibition, Gallery Nono, Toyama
         Solo exhibition (online), Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA