The uniqueness of slipware that you will love more if you know it.


The uniqueness of slipware that you will love more if you know it. - cover

The theme this time is " slipware ".

"Kana Imazu Online Solo Exhibition" is finally coming up on Saturday, April 9th.
Mr. Imazu is making a vessel called slipware. This time, I will start by asking, "What is slipware in the first place?" so that you can enjoy the solo exhibition even more.

What kind of container is slipware?

Slipware is a vessel that gives off a unique atmosphere.
Even if you have never heard of such a vessel, you may have seen it somewhere.

If I were to describe the characteristics of its appearance in a nutshell, I would say that " the boundaries of the lines are ambiguous, and it seems as if they are blending into the vessel ."

Kana Imazu Slipwear

When I first saw slipware, I wasn't really attracted to it, perhaps because of its unique and intense atmosphere.

But for some reason, the more time passes, the clearer that impression comes back. There is myself who wants to see it again. Before you know it, you'll be captivated by the allure of slipwear.
It's such a vessel.

Slipware came from England

Slipware is one of the vessels that has been gaining popularity in recent years, and is produced by many artists.

But it actually has its origins in England .
From the 18th to the 19th century, the origin of slipware in Japan is from the plates that were used in England as oven plates.

At the end of the 19th century, British slipware was disappearing as the wave of industrialization eroded its popularity. At that time, Muneyoshi Yanagi and other founders of the Mingei Movement discovered its beauty, and the technique was introduced to Japan.

Since then, the technology has been refined over generations. In addition, the incorporation of unique Japanese designs has led to the so-called “slipware” in Japan today.

The uniqueness of slipware comes from the production process

The first thing I said was, ``The boundaries of the lines are ambiguous, and it looks as if they are melting into the vessel.''
Why does only slipware give off such a unique vibe?

The secret lies in the production process.
What is currently called slipware in Japan mainly refers to the technique of layering the clay .

In other words, there is a unique process of layering and decorating the potting clay on top of the potting clay.
Even though it is written as "soil", it is a liquid. By layering liquids on top of each other, they melt together and the boundaries become ambiguous .

Imazu Kana slipwear production scene

Introducing representative patterns

Finally, I will introduce typical patterns of slipware.

A decoration called " Homonyo ".
Cover the surface of the container so that the slip moves back and forth. At first glance, it looks very simple, but it is said that the charm of the lines of the slip is best expressed.

Shoji Hamada, one of the founders of the Mingei Movement, once said, " Slipwear begins and ends with a hoe."

Slipwear Homo pattern

in conclusion

This time, I briefly introduced slipware.
I think that you can enjoy it more if you know the history and background just because it is a vessel with a different atmosphere from others.

Please enjoy Kana Imazu's solo exhibition on April 9th.
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