Mindscape (Kei)

Mihara Ken Japanese

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Mihara Ken, who grew up in Izumo in Shimane Prefecture, claims to have found his artistic inspiration in the majestic scenery of the region. The novel shapes and warm clay tones associated with ancient ceramic vessels are both evident in Mihara’s pottery, high-fired unglazed compositions made of clay with high iron content. This unglazed stoneware piece is a work of austere, spiritual simplicity embodying the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, derived from an acceptance and appreciation of the transience and imperfection of all things in nature. The varying coloration of the ceramic surface, Mihara’s trademark blues and greys, are the natural results of multiple kiln firings, each for a lengthy period of time and at different temperatures. The piece was created using a thin slab of clay, which was folded to convey both lateral and vertical movement.

Mindscape (Kei), Mihara Ken (Japanese, born 1958), Multi-fired stoneware, Japan

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