Simple Shapes – New Ceramics at OEN Shop by Mushimegane Books
Works are coming in thick and fast, and in between all the madness I’ve been trying to fit in time to make and produce ceramics myself. Although I’ve not been on the pottery wheel much, I’ve been experimenting with glazing techniques quite heavily. Using a number of methods such as dipping, brushing and sponging.
A potter who I really admire in this regard is Misa Kumabuchi of Mushimegane Books, she makes all her pottery at her studio in Hyogo Prefecture. Although her shapes are simple and are usually functional, the glazing that juxtaposes the forms are often very special. I think people don’t appreciate the time and skill required to produce such works of art.
Her glazes are made from locally sourced materials, such as sand, rock and other minerals and objects that she finds on pleasant trails near her studio. She grinds them up and produces one of a kind glazes, all of which are a matte colour in appearance. I’ve also noticed she’s been adding these minerals to the clay body as well, especially iron and other minerals to make a change in surface. The soil bowl is particularly prominent in this regard, you can see these subtle changes that follow the motion of the wheel. I really love them. Check out her new works in the shop below, enjoy.