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Surpassing Tradition, Redefining Tamba

NISHIHATA TADASHI

November 5 – December 20, 2019

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Horizontally elongated, thickly walled vessel with pointed ends and diagonally carved bands, covered in dripping Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Horizontally elongated, thickly walled vessel with pointed ends and diagonally carved bands, covered in dripping Tamba ash glaze

2018

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

10 5/8 x 22 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.

Inv# 11074

$ 8,900

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Tubular vase with flattened mouth, covered with a Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Tubular vase with flattened mouth, covered with a Tamba ash glaze

2018

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

15 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 6 1/4 in.

Inv# 11075

$ 6,500

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Large vessel with diagonally carved bands covered in a thick, dripping Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Large vessel with diagonally carved bands covered in a thick, dripping Tamba ash glaze

2018

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

16 1/4 x 15 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.

Inv# 11073

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Round neriage (marbleized) vase with small mouth, striated surface patterning and ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Round neriage (marbleized) vase with small mouth, striated surface patterning and ash glaze

2018

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

12 5/8 x 14 1/2 in.

Inv# 11076

$7,850

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Vessel with two oblong concave sections, four short feet all covered with a thick Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Vessel with two oblong concave sections, four short feet all covered with a thick Tamba ash glaze

2018

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

7 x 29 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.

Inv# 11078

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Flattened standing vessel with slightly slanted sides, covered with dripping Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Flattened standing vessel with slightly slanted sides, covered with dripping Tamba ash glaze

2018

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

15 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 3 1/2  in.

Inv# 11077

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Straight-sided teabowl, covered with white Tamba-style kairagi (crawling) glaze and abstract linear pattern in iron glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Straight-sided teabowl, covered with white Tamba-style kairagi (crawling) glaze and abstract linear pattern in iron glaze

2018

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

4 x 4 3/4 in.

Inv# 11079

$ 4,250

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Faceted waterjar with lid with knob handle, all covered with natural Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Faceted waterjar with lid with knob handle, all covered with natural Tamba ash glaze

2019

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

5 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.

Inv# 11263

$ 4,850

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Straight-sided Tamba teabowl, covered with akadobe (red slip glaze with iron)

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Straight-sided Tamba teabowl, covered with akadobe (red slip glaze with iron)

2019

Akadobe-glazed stoneware

4 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.

Inv# 11080

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Round Tamba teabowl with irregular mouth, covered with akadobe (red slip glaze with iron)

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Round Tamba teabowl with irregular mouth, covered with akadobe (red slip glaze with iron)

2019

Akadobe-glazed stoneware

3 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

Inv# 11081

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Round slightly conical waterjar, covered with Tamba ash glaze and matching lid with knob handle

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Round slightly conical waterjar, covered with Tamba ash glaze and matching lid with knob handle

2019

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

7 x 11 3/4 x 9 in.

Inv# 11082

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Round neriage (marbleized) vessel with diagonal striation pattern, covered with Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Round neriage (marbleized) vessel with diagonal striation pattern, covered with Tamba ash glaze

2019

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

11 1/4 x 10 7/8 in.

Inv# 11266

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Water jar with foliated rim, recessed mouth and matching cover with knob handle, all covered with Tamba ash glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Water jar with foliated rim, recessed mouth and matching cover with knob handle, all covered with Tamba ash glaze

2019

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

6 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 8 7/8 in.

Inv# 11262

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Round teabowl with irregular mouth, covered with Tamba glaze

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Round teabowl with irregular mouth, covered with Tamba glaze

2019

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

4 x 5 x 5 1/4 in.

Inv# 11264

SOLD

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948), Thickly walled vessel with diagonally carved bands covered in Tamba ash glaze 

Nishihata Tadashi (b. 1948)

Thickly walled vessel with diagonally carved bands covered in Tamba ash glaze 

2019

Tamba ash-glazed stoneware

13 3/8 x 12 1/4 x 12 3/8 in.

Inv# 11265

SOLD

Surpassing Tradition, Redefining Tamba: NISHIHATA TADASHI November 5 – December 20, 2019

A native of the centuries-old Japanese ceramic region, Tachikui, NISHIHATA Tadashi (b.1948) comes from a lineage of distinguished artists stretching back to the eighteenth century. Tamba, one of the six ancient Japanese kiln sites, is famous for simple and austere functional ceramics made from iron-rich local clay and covered in natural ash glazes. Nishihata creates works that reflect not only his mastery of the region's techniques but also his keen sense of modern aesthetics.  

After decades of experimentation,  Nishihata first won acclaim in Japan for his reinvention of akadobe slip-glazing, a Momoyama era (1573-1615) technique for creating deep brick-red surfaces through an application of mud before a prolonged wood firing.  Further, his inventive use of a signature blue-green ash-glaze (hai-yu) on diagonally faceted surfaces has proven to be equally captivating. Using this glaze and body combination allows him both to reference the natural world and create a strikingly modern vessel. Often, he punctuates the surface patterning with an additional iron-oxide glaze. These thick glazes cascading down the often-rounded triangular vessels call to mind waterfalls or snowfall on a mountain slope. Nishihata says of this unique approach:

             "With my ceramics, I strive to evoke flowing water, mountain ridges or forests of trees while always bearing in mind which shapes will bring out the allure of the clay itself." 

After a decade of winning prizes for his powerful vessels, Nishihata was presented in 2016, the Award of Cultural Merit (Bunkashō) by Hyogo Prefecture. His lushly glazed ceramics are exhibited internationally and have found homes in numerous museum collections including the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Minneapolis Institute of Art; and British Museum. 

Joan B Mirviss LTD is delighted to present our second solo exhibition with this gifted clay artist.  Surpassing Tradition: Redefining Tamba opens on November 5 and runs through December 20, 2019 and will feature fifteen new masterworks, all showcasing his innovative use of traditional Tamba-style glazes.