Kobori Enshu wasn’t short of ambition and talent. Tea master to the shoguns, military commander and teaware pioneer.
He also single-handedly developed the tea ceremony aesthetic of kirei-sabi, or refined rusticity, and favored Zeze ceramics from Shiga Prefecture.
Centuries later, that kirei-sabi spirit lives on in Zeze ware, crafted by potters like Sei Ishido.
Through September 26, Ishido, a graduate of Kyoto University of the Arts, will share a selection of his beautifully delicate works with Members.
Ishido’s exhibition is part of the Frederick Harris Gallery’s second summer of shows by emerging artists.
All works are available for purchase through Member Services.
Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.
SI: While kneading clay as a college student, I realized that it was my destiny to become a potter.
What I would tell my 20-year-old self.
SI: Follow your instincts.
My perfect creative environment.
SI: An environment that allows me to think freely and challenge myself.
Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.
SI: Hazan Itaya [pioneering ceramicist] and Genda Ichimatsu [Itaya’s protégé].