asia week 2018

ICHIKAWA Toru 市川透(1973- )


ICHIKAWA Toru 市川透 

Bizen, Shigaraki, Tokoname, Seto, Echizen, and Tamba are the six ancient kilns of Japan. Bizen’s kiln site can be traced back to the 13th century, and generations of artists have developed a strong tradition from its fertile lands. Today, it has given us five Living National Treasures: KANESHIGE Toyo金重陶陽(1896-1967), FUJIWARA Kei藤原 啓(1899-1983), YAMAMOTO Toshu山本陶秀(1906-1994), FUJIWARA Yu藤原 雄(1932-2001), and ISEZAKI Jun 伊勢崎 淳(1936-).  

Many artists have tested their talents in Bizen, and only a few have risen from the rigor and knowledge this kiln demands. FUJIWARA, KANESHIGE, ISEZAKI, KAKUREZAKI Ryuichi, MORITOGAKU are a few of the shining stars from that land among thousands of potters. 

One of the stars from Bizen’s constellation of innovators has caught our eye and attention. ICHIKAWA Toru’s work is becoming a phenomenon. This Tokyo-born sculptor studied with one of Bizen’s luminaries and learned of its traditions. Now, Ichikawa has become a dare devil! He challenges traditions by blurring the lines between craft and art. Ichikawa’s work makes some noise, and certainly raises some eyebrows! 

Ichikawa studied under KAKUREZAKI Ryuichi隠崎隆一(1953- ), and you can see the apprenticeship in his forms, which he takes forward with his daring interventions. A striking example of this is the variety of glazes on Ichikawa’s tea bowls. He marries celadon glaze with Bizen clay, and uses natural color reactions to adorn his sake cups and bottles … colors usually seen on paintings excite you, shock you, and offer a fresh perspective. Ichikawa presents us with a contemporary image that can be still be held and adored as a ceramic sculpture.

1973  Born in Tokyo
2011  Studied under Kakurezaki Ryuichi 隠崎隆一
2015  Became independent and built his own studio in Okayama

Solo Exhibition

2016    Nominated at the 9th Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition at Toki City Cultural Promotion
              Uncle Iwane Gallery  in Okayama
              Gallery Kurimoto in Niigata
              Tenmaya Yonago Shinmachi Art Gallery in Tottori
2017    Contemporary Art silver shell in Tokyo
              Tenmaya Hiroshima Art Gallery in Hiroshima 
              Tenmaya Okayama Art Gallery in Okayama
  KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2017 / Gallery Suki / Kanazawa
            Revelations International Fine Craft & Creation Biennial / Sokyo Gallery / Paris 
            Art Beijing / Beijing 
2018    Hanshin Department Art Gallery in Osaka
    Art Fair Tokyo 2018, Minnano Gallery booth 
             Gallery Tosei Daimaru Shinsaibashi / Osaka Art Fair