Designer Yusuke Seki constructs a walkable platform made from 25,000 ceramic pots, bowls, and cups

Yusuke Seki - Ceramics

Beautiful Decay (by Hayley Evans):

Tokyo-based designer Yusuke Seki has constructed a stunning, walkable platform made from 25,000 pieces of scrapped pottery and porcelain. The structure is part of the Maruhiro Ceramics gallery, located in Hasami, Nagasaki prefecture, a region known for its production and distribution of tableware dating back to the 17th century. Each fragment was collected from local factories that had disposed the ceramics prior to the glazing process, deeming them defective. After restoring the pieces and assembling them like bricks mixed with poured concrete, Seki infuses them with a renewed creative purpose. A statement from Seki’s website further explains the history and the design approach that drives the platform:

“A renovation of the pre-existing flagship shop, Yusuke Seki’s design marries an architectural knowledge to the artisanal know-how of the region, and in so doing, creates an entirely location- and situation-specific experience. Seki’s vision is to posit the designer as interpreter. His methods seek to amplify Hasami’s heritage by drawing out and translating the potential of the complete local environment, unifying its people. A minimal design interference, a modification in the level of the floor, not only utilizes the pre-existing space to alter the perspective and experiences held by the users until the present, but also gives birth to an entirely new sense of flow within.”

In a fascinating exploration of space, Seki has designed the stacked ceramics so that they enhance the customer’s interaction with the displayed tableware. Low shelves placed on the surface allow visitors to peruse from below, and if they so wish, they can climb up the stairs to the top of the platform for a closer look. The very act of walking on the ceramics creates an embodied experience of tradition and history; delicate materials, once discarded, are made strong, creative, and participatory, signifying the endurance of and respect for a time-honored cultural art form.

Visit Seki’s website to view more of his works.

Yusuke Seki - Ceramics

Yusuke Seki - Ceramics

Yusuke Seki - Ceramics

NEIGHBORHOOD (Japan) 2015 Spring/Summer Booze Panther Incense Chamber

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NEIGHBORHOOD (Japan) Booze Reaper Incense Chamber

 

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NEIGHBORHOOD presents this hand-crafted incense chamber from its pottery series. The “Booze Reaper” as its called was inspired by the ceramic imports Japan received during occupation-era WWII. The highly detailed chamber accommodates most types of incense and is made from Chinese Kaolin clay with a burnished silver glaze. It is drilled with holes in the eyes and on the back to let the smoke flow out ominously and opens through the base of the statue.

Priced at £167 GBP (approximately $275 USD), the Booze Reaper Incense Chamber is currently available in limited numbers through select stockists including End.

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NEIGHBORHOOD (Japan) Booze Reaper Incense Chamber

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Artist Profile: Johnson Tsang brings life to the most mundane pottery objects

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Hong Kong-based artist Johnson Cheung-shing, better known as Johnson Tsang, brings to life one of the most solid fields of art – ceramics.  His highly dynamic pottery combines the traditional crockery, such as cups, bowls and plates, together with very lively parts of human figures, mainly faces. And this is not all. The final spice, defining the unique taste of Tsang’s creations, are the watery splashes, running through the whole work and knitting the contrasting pieces together.

His solo exhibition in Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, will run until 19th January, 2014.

Source: johnsontsang.wordpress.com

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Artist Profile: Johnson Tsang brings life to the most mundane pottery objects

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Art: Beautiful Chinese dragon vase, ceated by sculptor Johnson Tsang

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Brilliant Chinese sculptor Johnson Tsang has given us an insider’s look at the process behind creating a masterful piece of porcelain art. His “Painful Pot” blog post documents the process of sculpting, glazing and firing an impressive vase wrapped in a furious Chinese dragon from A to Z. As the artist himself wrote, “I am going to create [a] sculpture to express how I feel about my country.

Source: johnsontsang.wordpress.com

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Art: Beautiful Chinese dragon vase, ceated by sculptor Johnson Tsang

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