photo: SAIKI Taku
|Material/ Technique||chamotte, iron plate|
|Copyright Notice||© ITABASHI Hiromi|
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2003|
|Description||Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948. Lives and works there.|
From the first half of the 1970s, Itabashi aspired to become a ceramic artist, and completed his studies at the Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center. From the second half of the 1970s, he started to use slip cast porcelain to make works having sensual and reflective forms. Later he made experimental works of black glazed pottery and works combining chamotte (powder made from once-fired pottery) and white porcelain. Gradually he shifted his focus onto chamotte, and in recent years he makes works made only of chamotte. He utilizes attributes of the material to express certain texture and form.
With this work included, the concept of the “Zero Gravity – Inside Gravity” series using chamotte is based on the artist’s wish to free pottery from ‘dependence on the floor due to gravity.’ Chamotte has a characteristic that, when mixed with glaze and baked, it can keep its shape freely in space. Itabashi mixed glaze and chamotte by pasting layers of paper soaked in glaze on a framework made with wood and cardboard, and buried it in chamotte. When baked, the wood and paper frame is burned, and what is left is layers of chamotte approximately 1cm thick, hardened by glaze. The artist’s approach to deconstruct and inspect not only the composition of pottery but also its meaning is demonstrated.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
Works and materials by the same artists are listed according to the date of the work in principle.
Works whose dates are unidentified are listed at the end of each item. Some works are not listed according to the date of work due to their relations.
The data of works and materials are listed in order of title, production year, material/technique/form, dimensions, donor’s name, copyright holder and credit for photograph.
Dimensions are given by height (H) x width (W) in centimeters for plane work, and height (H) x width (W) x depth (D) in cm for 3-D work. Diameter (Ø) is used for circular work.
For the name of country or city, the name currently used in English is listed in principle.