Nangoku (Southern Country)
Yusen-shippo (Cloisonne were)
This exhibition presents eight works by Shippo artist, Shoko Iwahara. Iwahara’s designs focus on the beauties of nature and her Shippo is colorfully rendered on the surface of items including tea ceremony tools, urns and bowls. The beauty of life weaved by nature is refreshingly depicted in each work, eternally capturing the moment of an image that would easily be lost to the eye. A large peony blossom or a poppy are in full glory, never to wither, while a small bird sings a song of spring on a branch in full blossom. Moreover, another special characteristic of her extensive expression are her works designed for local traditional craftwork and folkcraft such as Japanese kites. Hopefully, you will appreciate her works up close and enjoy each elegant and colorful scene.
Born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1943. She began shippo at the age of 46 and enrolled in the Yuzawaya Art School. In a five-year period, she mastered the basics of Shippo. When relocating, she set up an independent studio. From 1995 onwards, once every two years, she has participated in private exhibitions and shows. Using a Yusen-shippo technique which puts a glaze over a silver wire frame on copper or copper plate through numerous baking treatments, she produces flat surface works such as accessories and ceramic tiles as well as three-dimensional items that include, trays, urns and tea ceremony tools. Her designs mainly focus on the beauties of nature, depicting flora and fauna in colorful and captivating arrangements.
- $1,001 - $5,000