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Matsuzaki Ken Exhibit
November 16 to 22, 2001
Keio Department Store Gallery
 Shinjuku, Tokyo

Piece by Matsuzaki Ken

Time is something I've never been a fan of;  don't even know what it is actually. The best-laid plans sometimes get put on the back burner due to 'time' constraints as we all know. I had planned to get this exhibition article up a week, or was it two, ago. I hope you read my exhibition reviews for artists Yoshida Yoshihiko and Toyofuku Makoto. Both those exhibits, plus this one for  Matsuzaki, were all part of a recent weekend adventure in Tokyo. Well, here it is, after some time.

An annual event is Mashiko-based Matsuzaki Ken's Keio Department Store Exhibition. It's something I always look forward to for not many potters show the variety and number of works in one show as Matsuzaki does. I guess he had close to two hundred pieces in this 24th showing!

Matsuzaki Ken

Walking onto a Tokyo department store floor is a bit overwhelming and it can easily take about ten minutes to find the gallery space. At last I found where I set out to be and saw Matsuzaki's works overflowing out of the gallery's entrance onto counters and glass cases (see below photo). These were mostly tableware and drinking vessels.

Entrace to Matsuzaki Ken Exhibition

Walking into the gallery I was bedazzled by the forms and styles that Matsuzaki creates, so different than what one expects from a Mashiko potter.

Pieces by Matsuzaki Ken

Yet Mashiko, like Seto, has lost its identity and it's sort of anything goes. Matsuzaki keeps within traditional boundaries though and fires wonderful ash-glazed works, Shino, Oribe, and Setoguro.

His square-shouldered jars with a petrified iridescent look were quite the sight; broad and full of strength they dominated the room along with a few larger tsubo.

Piece by Matsuzaki Ken

Piece by Matsuzaki Ken

Piece by Matsuzaki Ken

Piece by Matsuzaki Ken

As did a few smaller forms like the handled buckets that were fresh waters jars  (mizusashi).

Piece by Matsuzaki Ken

After taking in the
Yoshida Yoshihiko chawan exhibition the day before, it would have been almost impossible for any potter's chawan to come close. Both do Shino and while Yoshida's chawan offer quiet invitations to be held, Matsuzaki's chawan are more showy and vocal. Some had frosting-like glazes (like this tea pot) that were quite delicious to look at. To hold they were a bit heavy and not as refined as Yoshida's.

Piece by Matsuzaki Ken

In the center of the room was a glass case full of guinomi, tokkuri, and yunomi. A particular hybrid Matsuzaki introduced was a white-slip hakeme under a deep Oribe glaze that worked quite well. I saw some chawan in that style as well.

Pieces by Matsuzaki Ken

All in all another successful autumn exhibition for Matsuzaki.

I happened to mosey over to the next gallery and found the works of Toyofuku Makoto, an associate professor of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku).
Click here to continue with me on my gallery  adventure.  





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