Ikebana by Jorge Padilla Zamudio
June 20 - June 30, 2013
Koichiro Isezaki is the son of Living National Treasure Jun Isezaki and is the rising star of the Isezaki family, which included his grandfather Yozan Isezaki, one of the first generation of great Bizen potters in the 20th century. Koichiro Isezaki studied at Tokyo Sculptural University and then apprenticed with the Jeff Shapiro, who had been mentored by Jun Isezaki. Updated 5/31/16
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER
Warren MacKenzie studied painting at Art Institute of Chicago then switched to ceramics after serving in WWII. Captivated by pottery, he and his wife Alix made regular trips to Field Museum of Natural History. They then went to England for a happy and productive apprenticeship with Bernard Leach in St Ives meeting Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Shoji Hamada. On their return, they settled in Stillwater, MN where he continued his studio and still lives till today. He became professor of ceramics at the University of Minnesota teaching legions of students and making Minnesota a clay state retiring in 1990 a Regents Professor.
“Don’t overlook the less obvious pieces, the simple bowls, plates or yunomi…extraordinary objects because they are ordinary objects. It is in these that you will find the real pots, the real MacKenzie” John Reeve
The Warren MacKenzie Scholarship Fund has been set up at the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. A portion of each sale will go to this. Individuals may contribute too. UPDATED August 30 2017
"Giving life to flowers"
the creation of a beautiful tradition brings a promise for the future…
We hear the silent movement of plants. Words unspoken of flowers and we interpret their form
in the creation of Ikebana. Like a poem or a flower painting, Ikebana expresses the beauty of the flowers and the blooming love in our hearts. In
the practice of Ikebana it is important to show
the character of each plant closely observing
their intrinsic nature, trying to avoid merely representing their superficial appearance.