Born 1952, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
ITŌ TADASHI uses a rare type of gray clay, which is found at his kiln site in Iwate Prefecture. Before firing the clay, he covers it with white kaolin clay that he scrapes off with a wire brush after firing. His saidei (colored-clay) works have the appearance of antique metal; this is achieved by repeated firings. Itō admires the work of Richard Lang, a British contemporary artist, and also draws inspiration from Jōmon ware. As a child, he combed beaches collecting shells that remain a profound influence in his work, as he sees them as the quintessence of beauty. Later on, studies in geology also impacted his eventual style. Ito’s sculptural works are characterized as simultaneously both simple yet sophisticated. His rough gray or red unglazed surfaces contrast with his shiny jade-green ash-glazed interiors.
Conical concave sculpture with teardrop shaped perforation
Stoneware with unglazed exterior and crackle glazed interior
10 1/4 x 17 x 13 3/4 in.
Inv. # 6548
Ovoid, horizontal vessel with deep red slip glaze and wide mouth
Stoneware with slip glaze
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.
Spiral shell-shaped stoneware vessel with raked pattern
19 x 7 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.
Tall gray columnar sculpture with sloped shoulders, flaring base and bottle-like mouth
14 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/8 in.
Round sculpture with concave center and rough texture of deep red and black slip glaze
7 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.