There was a gentleman named Noma Yoshio who lived in Kyushu. He discovered beauty in typical utensils, and considered them as objects of art. This urged him to collect a bunch of folk handicrafts.
His collection includes a saddle, baskets and potteries for daily use.
Let me show you one example.
|A kneading bowl with a pine tree design|
Let’s read Mr. Noma’s comment on this bowl to see how we can further appreciate its beauty.
“White clay was blended on the red clay surface using a brush or a cloth.
The pine tree outline was drawn in using black glaze, which was made out of iron and the trunk part was dubbed by using brown glaze. Green glaze was arranged on top to represent the pine leaves. This bowl is merely one out of thousands of the same design crafted by a potter, but I can’t help admiring the dynamics of the brushwork.”
This bowl, even though it looks beautiful, is not a so called treasure. As Mr. Noma said, it’s merely one out of thousands of its kind. However, thanks to the thousands of continuous work, the brushwork of the potter was somewhat refined to a certain artistic level and Mr. Noma knew how to appreciate it. I’d like you to see the dynamics of the brushwork by actually seeing it!
This exhibition introduces gems from Mr. Noma’s whole collection.
Please take this opportunity to discover and learn more about the beauty of Japanese Folk handicrafts!
Posted by Takamura (Press Officer)