Forty Years, Forty Pots

22 September 2017

Forty Years, Forty Pots
Shozo Michikawa
New Exhibition: 11th October – 2nd November 2017

Shozo Michikawa’s third exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe will open in October. This exhibition celebrates his life as a potter, and will feature his ceramics and accompanying photographic work by Yoshinori Seguchi.
Michikawa and Seguchi have occasionally collaborated together for over twenty years, and most recently exhibited in Nature into Art at the Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center in Aichi, Japan in 2016. Seguchi’s photography focuses on the natural world, which Michikawa explains is a main source of inspiration in his work:

“The number one source of inspiration for me would be my hometown Hokkaido; the volcanoes, lakes, snow, trees, stones and especially the energy of the volcanic eruptions. Of course, small everyday things from taking walks, going on trips and having conversations give me inspiration as well.”

Seguchi has also photographed Michikawa’s ceramics themselves; these photographs have most notably appeared in the catalogue of Michikawa’s landmark exhibition in the Forbidden City, Beijing in 2005.
Michikawa lives and works in Seto, a home to potters for the past 1,300 years. He travels extensively, giving workshops and demonstrations, and his work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and America, and acquired by many public collections. These include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California, USA, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy and the Qinglingsi Temple in Xi’An, China.
Coinciding with Forty Years, Forty Pots, a new monograph, Shozo Michikawa: Ceramic Art has recently been published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers. This publication looks retrospectively at Michikawa’s career and achievements.

A catalogue accompanying this exhibition will include an essay by Emma Crichton-Miller, and the show will be fully illustrated on our website on the day it opens. The exhibition will be viewable Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 18:00 and will be free to attend.

Erskine Hall & Coe
15 Royal Arcade
Tel: 0207 491 1706
All works by Shozo Michikawa (b. 1953)

Tanka with Silver Sculptural Form, 2017
stoneware, 46 x 19 x 17 cm

Natural Ash Sculptural Form, 2017
stoneware, 34 x 15.2 cm

Kohiki Sculptural Form, 2017
stoneware, 31 x 16 cm

Kohiki Sculptural Form, 2017
stoneware, 24.5 x 18.5 cm

Kohiki with Iron Topology Form, 2016
stoneware, 19 x 24 x 11 cm

*All images courtesy of Erskine, Hall & Coe; Photography by Stuart Burford.