Visit Kana Imazu. ~On holding a solo exhibition~

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I visited Kana Imazu's studio for her online solo exhibition, which will be held from 4/9 (Sat.) to 4/17 (Sun.).
I was able to hear a lot of things about the vessel, the production, and the career so far.

How I started making slipware

Mr. Imazu makes pottery in Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Originally, he was trained at Nakai kiln in Tottori prefecture.
Speaking of Nakai kiln, it is a kiln that is very popular for its “kakewake” pottery.

It seems that the reason why he started working on slipware after becoming independent from such a training period was the experience of "connecting points with lines".
(For more information about slipware, please refer to this article ▶︎ " The uniqueness of slipware makes you love it even more. ")

“Originally, I studied at Nakai Kiln in Tottori Prefecture, where many artists of Mingei pottery are enrolled.

One day, I had the opportunity to change the exhibition at the Tottori Folk Crafts Museum due to work. rice field. But at that time, I didn't know about slipware because I didn't study enough.

After that, when I started to make my own work independently, the process of “flowing (glazing)” cultivated at Nakai kiln, handling glazing, and Koji Ishihara’s slipware that I once saw, each connected to me. I came to want to study and make slipware. ”

Imazu Kana slipwear production scene
☝︎ It seems that the mysterious line decorations created by pouring water were also shockingly piercing.

Personality of Utsuwa from my own perspective

Even if you say slipware in one word, the atmosphere and expression vary greatly depending on the creator.
We asked Mr. Imazu about "Kana Imazu's slipwear" from his own point of view.

“In terms of shapes, I would like to create various shapes that could not be made on the potter’s wheel. Squares, circles, long plates.
Then there are the Poisson dish (fish dish) and the Ravier dish, which are European techniques. A ravier plate was made as a container for appetizers. I'm doing it while incorporating such a European atmosphere and shape.

Then the line.
The lines are conscious of a voluptuous atmosphere . I feel comfortable with the smooth lines of the round bowl (laughs). ”

Imazu Kana studio photo

A unique expression called “muchi”. I think that there is surely a sense unique to Mr. Imazu.
When I look at it while thinking so, I feel like I'm definitely sticking.

About "color" that creates a unique view of the world

What first attracted me was Mr. Imazu's expression of "color."
The color that you define as “black” has a gentle color with a little green element.

Shopkeeper: “When I talked to you about the color before, you said, 'I express it as black in myself.'”

Mr. Imazu: “Yes. I think that bowl has a relatively strong black color.

(Two people move to the bowl, …)

That's green, isn't it? (laughs) I thought it was relatively black. It's green when the light hits it lol
I think that it is a gentle black that is not harsh. ”

Imazu Kana slipware bowl

Ambiguous color like green like black.
That's why the colors have depth, and there may be something that fascinates the viewer.
I feel like it's " black that reminds me of a deep forest ".

Patterns are from things in "everyday life"

One of the highlights of slipware is the “pattern”.
In addition to the standard “homo” pattern and “feather comb”, Mr. Imazu has also added unique patterns such as rhythmic wavy lines and fish bones.

What you can feel consistently among them is a somewhat “soft” atmosphere.

I look at the shape of the vessel after molding and think about the decoration.

The feeling of fluffy clouds, and the feeling of steam swaying.
Also, the roundness of the lines gives a plump feeling just before the water overflows, and if you keep that kind of image in mind and move your hands, you will feel like you are able to decorate without going against the flow of the lines. That's right. ”

Imazu Kana slipwear production scene

Conclusion ~I have come this far without giving up making things~

Mr. Imazu said that he attended a school that made things from high school.
When asked why he decided to become a ceramic artist for a living, he said that there was a part of him that didn't want to stop making things.

Listening to her talk, I got a strong sense that she genuinely loves making things and making pottery.

In this solo exhibition, a wide variety of shapes and decorations were made.
We hope that you will find one that you like.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Kana Imazu online solo exhibition poster image