New Maker at OEN Shop – Ceramics by Japanese Potter Keiichi Tanaka
As we finally approach summer there’s been many new additions to the shop, one that’s been eagerly awaited here is a set of ceramics that we commissioned Japanese potter Keiichi Tanaka to make. If you don’t recognise the work of Keiichi Tanaka it may be worth referencing this blog post that we did on his pottery, it dates back to 2013 so you can appreciate it’s been a long time coming.
I was personally drawn to his work because of the functional and sculptural elements to the collection, but I also admire the interesting combination of glazes. For example the striking blue on the Tall Flower Vase, quite contrasting to the subtle metallic colours seen in the Black Circle Cup, T Mug and Pitcher.
But I have to say my favourites are the Lined Vases, these are what drew me to his work and remind me of mini-architectural builds, seeing links between these and some of the works by Le Corbusier (see Chapel at Ronchamp as an example). I’m sure we all have our own interpretations, but this is really one of a kind work with a lot of beauty. Snap them up while they’re still available!