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Smithsonian oral history interview: Isamu Noguchi

Noguchi, Isamu, b. 1904 d. 1988 
Sculptor 
Long Island City, N.Y. An interview of Isamu Noguchi conducted 1973 Nov. 7-1973 Dec. 26, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The transcript of this interview is in … Continue reading

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Bonsai and the art of mud figurines

Tiny little figures, some depicting people, some things from nature. Almost like pieces from dioramas. When I first heard the term Japanese mudmen and mudwomen, I thought, “What?” Investigating, I learned they are tiny figurines used with bonsai to emphasize … Continue reading

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Fundraising effort for Japanese potters expands

The Mudflat Studio and the Pucker Gallery, both in Boston, Massachusetts, are fundraising for the Mashiko Potters Fund. This much-needed initiative benefits the potters from Mashiko, Japan, who were so affected by the March 11 earthquake. Donations will be used … Continue reading

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Urgent Appeal: Japanese potters need your help!

Ken Matsuzaki has put out an urgent appeal for help for the Mishiko Pottery in Japan, which was damaged during the earthquake. “In Mashiko, nearly all the Nobori kilns fell down, and Mashiko’s firing is about to go out” Matsuzaki … Continue reading

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Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami: What you can do to help!

What does Japan’s natural disaster have to do with ceramics? Japanese ceramics has enriched the world for centuries and its artisans are among the world’s greatest gifts. Imperiled artists at risk in Japan are in great need of help, along … Continue reading

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Japan: Earthquake, Tsunami, Pottery & Disaster Relief

Natural catastrophes can strike at any time. People faced with such calamity were going about their daily business moments before. What has happened and is happening is almost unimaginable. Japan’s earthquake has been upgraded to 9-points on the Richter scale … Continue reading

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Gordon Hutchens Fires his Anagama Kiln

What an amazing community project: the firing of an anagama kiln against a backdrop of rainforest! Coming across this is perfect timing, as I am unable to make it to a raku firing that Gary told me takes place this … Continue reading

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