Tani Q

Shigaraki Big Pot  (Portland Art Museum /2014)

Tani Q


1977 Born in Shiga. Grand father

Graduated Seian University of Art and Design (sculptor class)
Join domestic and foreign exhibitions as an assistant of sculptor, Katsushige Nakahashi.

Instruction of the turnery to the “Juzou Kitamura”.
And the hole kiln to the “second Kizan Kitamura”.

Joined Seiuemon Pottery,after that.

2007 made twin hole kiln (old Shigaraki style) . improved every year.
2012 made single hole kiln.
2014 chosen as a member of “upbringing project.newcomers of art,craft and design in University museum.”

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2014 Shigaraki Big Pot /Portland Art Museum (USA)

<Solo Exhibition>
“Fuzai-an” Gallery Toumu (Shiga)
“Kojien” Kojien (Tokyo)
“LAND e SCAPE” Art Site (Shiga)

Curators eye “LAND Re SCAPE” Gallery Maronie (Kyoto)

“Gundaroo”Old Saint Lukes Studio Gallery (Australia)

“Tani Q Pottery Exhibition”Gallery Touen (Shiga)
“LAND e SCAPE” Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Gallery (Shiga)

<Group Exhibition> 
2015 “On the way to the future,and then: 11 Newcomers of Art, Craft and Design” Kyoto Institute of Technology (Kyoto)

<Artist Statement>

My element is a “Jar”.
Jar is only “jar”
Jar expresses itself nothing.
Therefore it’s incomplete and exists as something indefinite.
It dies with owner while fading with a season.

There is no country without the jar.
The jar greatly changes by climate of the land.
The national history shows itself to a jar.

Old shigaraki(12th-15th century) is the best one.
Lubberly, crudely, but noble.
The peculiar color taste by the natural overglaze is charm.
It’s felt that itself is “play”.
“Old Shigaraki” is said to be the root of a Japanese sense of beauty.

But my work isn’t aiming at reproduction.
“Zeami”who left many books which concern a performance.
A performance was being estimated by a people.
I hope to see the “Muromachi” profound and quiet elegance thought.

My another element  is “mechanism”.

pass, span, bend,avoid,approach.
look down, sit down, shuffle,touch,look up.

The mechanism that a place afford bystander’s behavior.
It was being used for matters for Japanese tea ceremony to be a lot.
The behavior by which it was given to a place gets a funny and human element.

A jar is “container” in the inside of mechanism, and it’s also empty.
It’s a spatial center and the outside.
An element of my mechanism is in the incompleteness by which a jar is just like.

                     Tani Q