Fired by Tradition

Masterworks by Nishihata Tadashi

June 8 – July 29, 2011

Installation view
June 2011

Installation view
June 2011

Installation view
June 2011

Installation view
June 2011

Installation view
June 2011

Rounded three-sided Tanba vessel with three scored "seams" and dripping natural ash and red akadobe glazing, 2010
Wood-fired stoneware
15 x 14 1/4 inches; Inv# 6890
SOLD

Installation view
June 2011

Installation view
June 2011

Rounded three-sided Tanba vessel with three scored "seams" and dripping natural ash and red akadobe glazing, 2010
Wood-fired stoneware
15 x 14 1/4 inches; Inv# 6890
SOLD

Tamba ware glazed footed teabowl with faceted carved exterior, 2007
Wood-fired stoneware with creamy ladle-poured ash and iron-oxide glazes
3 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 5 inches
Inv# 5645
SOLD

Tamba ware glazed footed teabowl with faceted carved exterior, 2007
Wood-fired stoneware with creamy ladle-poured ash and iron-oxide glazes
3 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 5 inches
Inv# 5645
SOLD

Split-footed Tanba teabowl with ash glaze and iron oxide underglaze
2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
3 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches; Inv# 6893
SOLD

Round covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches; Inv# 6925
SOLD

Round covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches; Inv# 6925
SOLD

Round covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches; Inv# 6925
SOLD

Split-footed Tanba teabowl with ash glaze and iron oxide underglaze
2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
3 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches; Inv# 6893
SOLD

Split-footed Tanba teabowl with ash glaze and iron oxide underglaze
2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
3 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches; Inv# 6893
SOLD

Split-footed Tanba teabowl with ash glaze and iron oxide underglaze
2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
3 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches; Inv# 6893
SOLD

Round covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches; Inv# 6925
SOLD

Round covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches; Inv# 6925
SOLD

Round covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches; Inv# 6925
SOLD

Tilting Tanba vase with moon-shaped opening and natural dripping ash glaze; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
12 x 6 7/5 x 6 1/4 inches; Inv# 6930
SOLD

Tilting Tanba vase with moon-shaped opening and natural dripping ash glaze; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
12 x 6 7/5 x 6 1/4 inches; Inv# 6930
SOLD

Tilting Tanba vase with moon-shaped opening and natural dripping ash glaze; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
12 x 6 7/5 x 6 1/4 inches; Inv# 6930
SOLD

Tilting Tanba vase with moon-shaped opening and natural dripping ash glaze; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
12 x 6 7/5 x 6 1/4 inches; Inv# 6930
SOLD

Tilting Tanba vase with moon-shaped opening and natural dripping ash glaze; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
12 x 6 7/5 x 6 1/4 inches; Inv# 6930
SOLD

Oval covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 9 x 10 3/4 inches; Inv# 6924
SOLD

Oval covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 9 x 10 3/4 inches; Inv# 6924
SOLD

Tilting Tanba vase with moon-shaped opening and natural dripping ash glaze; 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
12 x 6 7/5 x 6 1/4 inches; Inv# 6930
SOLD

Oval covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 9 x 10 3/4 inches; Inv# 6924
SOLD

Oval covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 9 x 10 3/4 inches; Inv# 6924
SOLD

Oval covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 9 x 10 3/4 inches; Inv# 6924
SOLD

Wide mouthed spherical Tanba vessel with diamond-shaped carved surface patterning and ladle-poured ash glaze, 2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches; Inv# 6891
SOLD

Wide mouthed spherical Tanba vessel with diamond-shaped carved surface patterning and ladle-poured ash glaze, 2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches; Inv# 6891
SOLD

Spherical Tanba vessel with faceted diagonal banding and dripping natural ash glaze and markings from impressed shells, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
13 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches; Inv# 6888
SOLD

Spherical Tanba vessel with faceted diagonal banding and dripping natural ash glaze and markings from impressed shells, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
13 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches; Inv# 6888
SOLD

Spherical Tanba vessel with faceted diagonal banding and dripping natural ash glaze and markings from impressed shells, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
13 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches; Inv# 6888
SOLD

Spherical Tanba vessel with faceted diagonal banding and dripping natural ash glaze and markings from impressed shells, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
13 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches; Inv# 6888
SOLD

Oval covered Tanba water storage jar with ash glaze covering diagonal banding, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
7 5/8 x 9 x 10 3/4 inches; Inv# 6924
SOLD

Wide mouthed spherical Tanba vessel with diamond-shaped carved surface patterning and ladle-poured ash glaze, 2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches; Inv# 6891
SOLD

Wide mouthed spherical Tanba vessel with diamond-shaped carved surface patterning and ladle-poured ash glaze, 2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches; Inv# 6891
SOLD

Wide mouthed spherical Tanba vessel with diamond-shaped carved surface patterning and ladle-poured ash glaze, 2010
Wood-fired stoneware with ash glaze
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches; Inv# 6891
SOLD

Tanba ware glazed tea bowl with faceted carved exterior
2008
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
4 x 5 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 5595
SOLD

Tanba ware glazed tea bowl with faceted carved exterior
2008
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
4 x 5 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 5595
SOLD

Tanba ware glazed tea bowl with faceted carved exterior
2008
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
4 x 5 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 5595
SOLD

Tanba ware glazed tea bowl with faceted carved exterior
2008
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze
4 x 5 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 5595
SOLD

Thickly walled three-sided Tanba vessel with diagonal carved bands and covered in thick dripping ash glaze, 2011
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
16 1/8 x 15 3/4 inches; Inv# 6921
SOLD

Small triangular Tanba flower vase with pinched neck and kiln effects, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural kiln effects
5 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; Inv# 6934
SOLD

Small triangular Tanba flower vase with pinched neck and kiln effects, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural kiln effects
5 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; Inv# 6934
SOLD

Small triangular Tanba flower vase with pinched neck and kiln effects, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural kiln effects
5 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; Inv# 6934
SOLD

Small triangular Tanba flower vase with pinched neck and kiln effects, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural kiln effects
5 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; Inv# 6934
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light-colored natural ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 1/2 inches; Inv# 6935
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light-colored natural ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 1/2 inches; Inv# 6935
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light-colored natural ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 1/2 inches; Inv# 6935
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light-colored natural ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 1/2 inches; Inv# 6935
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light-colored natural ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 1/2 inches; Inv# 6935
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light glaze and dripping green ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 3/8 inches; Inv# 6937
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light glaze and dripping green ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 3/8 inches; Inv# 6937
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light glaze and dripping green ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 3/8 inches; Inv# 6937
SOLD

Faceted Tanba tokkuri (sake flask) with light glaze and dripping green ash glaze, 2011
Wood-fired stoneware with natural ash glaze and kiln effects
6 x 4 3/8 inches; Inv# 6937
SOLD

Press Release

Joan B. Mirviss LTD is pleased to announce our summer exhibition "Fired by Tradition: Masterworks by Nishihata Tadashi, featuring a completely fresh body of work by this Tanba master.

Based in the charming riverside town of Tachikui in Hyogo Prefecture, home to the medieval ceramic center of Tanba, NISHIHATA TADASHI (b. 1948) works in the centuries-old traditions of his ancestors. As one of the six ancient kilns of Japan, Tanba has long been celebrated for its simple storage jars, vases and sake implements made from the local iron-rich clay and fired either unglazed or with natural and applied ash glazes. Somewhat remotely located, about equidistant between Kyoto and Osaka, Tachikui has remained a lovely, tranquil spot surrounded by hills and populated with family-run ceramic studios.

On a hillside facing the Shitodani River valley, Nishihata Tadashi lives and works where he studied with his father (Sueharu) and where his family has potted since the Edo Period. A master of the Tanba ceramic tradition, he is responsible for re-inventing the ancient art of red akadobe glazing following decades of experimentation. However it is his unique colorful ash glazing (hai-yu) that is the focus of this current exhibition. Melted by the heat of the firing (yohen), the ash glaze runs and drips over the uneven sculpted clay surfaces and pools into their recesses. Ranging from pale aqua to deep emerald green, this luscious glaze, punctuated with occasional touches of iron-oxide glaze, beautifully complements his faceted forms. Grounded in tradition and deeply conscious of his family’s ceramic heritage, Nishihata continues to explore the dialogue between functional material and sculpture while remaining inspired by the scenery around him.

Nishihata has won numerous awards in Japan, commencing in 1976 with a special award from Hyogo Prefecture for emerging talents. In a span of only a dozen years, he has been thrice awarded the prestigious Grand Prize at the Chanoyu zôkei (Modern Forms of Tea Ware) sponsored by the Tanabe Museum of Art.