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#21 JBaymore

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 02:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words, folks.

 

The rescheduled Artist's Reception is happening tomorrow evening Tuesday, Feb. 14th from 6-8 PM.

 

Hope some of you might be able to make it.  If so, please say "hi".

 

best,

 

.................john


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Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China

Former President and Past President; Potters Council
 

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http://www.nhia.edu/...ty/john-baymore


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 03:34 PM

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I  have just returned from visiting your exhibit at Thayer. I am a fortunate one who lives only a twenty minute drive away and had been looking forward to it.  I have not words to describe it--I went by myself and was the only one in the gallery ( it was around noon) which made it perfect. All I had to do is look and absorb for as long as I chose -- all these beautiful jewels -- the gold lining sure surprised me!  So many looked as though you had just plucked them from the earth as they were growing there! Thank you for the  once in a lifetime opportunity.

sincerely Ginny



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 02:12 PM

Ginny,

 

Wow.  Thank you VERY much for the kind words on the exhibition.  I'm glad you were able to stop by and see it.

 

Glad you got to do the "solo" visit thing also.  I myself MUCH prefer going to people's exhibitions at times other than the formal "opening".  When there are lots of people around, you cant get the "feel" of the space the way the artist intended the installation to be.  And then there is the "socializing" aspect... that distracts from absorbing from the works.  Getting to see a show alone... is a luxury to be savored.

 

Ah,... yes...... "the gold one"!   That much gold luster is not a common treatment for me.  Tiny touches that you "discover"....yes.  Gold "Trump Plating"....... not so much.  People who formally study Japanese Tea ceremony and who know Japanese cultural history of the development of that tea ceremony will "get" that piece somewhat.  And the title is a dead giveaway for tea people. It is "Ode to Jurakudai". 

 

In the time of Joo and his student Sen No Rikyu, the tea ceremony had developed into an ostentations affair, with opulent displays of wealth and power being put on by the ruling Warlords.  Warlord Hideyoshi represented probably the pinnacle of this trend just prior to the "Grand Tea Ceremony at Kitano' when he moved into his palace in Kyoto, called Jurakudai,  and had a solid gold tearoom installed.  The important teamasters were reacting to this tendency to opulence with a new style of tea that favored more "rustic" and simple tastes, and the idea of "wabi-cha" was being born.  At the "Grand Tea Ceremony at Kitano" in 1587 Hideyoshi's tastes kind of got rebuffed by the tea people (he was not happy)... and tea took a direction to the "wabi-sabi" aesthetic that exists in tea to this day.

 

So that Chawan, plays on this idea.  It is playing a bit of fun with this historical backstory.  The inside is solid bright gold luster.  Ostentatious and flashy.  The outside is a casual, finger-swiped Shino glaze.  A wabi-sabi feeling.  There are tiny little bits of gold luster "hidden" in pinholes in the shino glaze.  The past cannot be totally separated from the future.

 

SO....... that is the story behind that one.

 

And yes... I want people to feel like many of those pieces are "plucked from the earth".  Materiality figures strongly in my work.  Geologic forces at work.  Comes from time spent as a kid camping out in nature and exploring the US southwest.  As an eastern kid.......  seeing the actual structure of the planet under the green carpet of the wet northeast was a revelation. 

 

VERY glad you liked it.  Thanks for making the effort to go.

 

best,

 

...............john

 

PS:  BTW.... Jurakudai is the root of where we got the name "raku" for the Japanese ware of that name.


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Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China

Former President and Past President; Potters Council
 

http://www.JohnBaymore.com

http://www.nhia.edu/...ty/john-baymore


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:38 PM

Last day to see the exhibition is tomorrow if anyone is thinking of going.

 

best,

 

.................john


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Adjunct Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art

Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China

Former President and Past President; Potters Council
 

http://www.JohnBaymore.com

http://www.nhia.edu/...ty/john-baymore


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 05:21 PM

Thanks, John, for the info and photos. Hope you consider it a successful show.

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:39 PM

so no chance of seeing them up close.  sigh................


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:37 AM

so no chance of seeing them up close.  sigh................

 

I will try to get some images from it up here.  It won't be all though... there are about 100 pieces in the exhibition.

 

And I was wrong on the ending date post above... it ends THURSDAY the 9th.  Somehow I thought yesterday was Wednesday.

 

best,

 

......................john


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Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China

Former President and Past President; Potters Council
 

http://www.JohnBaymore.com

http://www.nhia.edu/...ty/john-baymore


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:41 AM

Thanks, John, for the info and photos. Hope you consider it a successful show.

 

Fred,

 

Overall it was reasonably successful.  A good number of people saw it, a bunch of high school students got to study it in depth via their various classes, a post bac type student from my college is writing a review of the show for a course, a number of works sold, a museum is buying a piece out of the show, there will be an article on it, etc. .... so yeah.... I'm happy.

 

Also... I was very happy with the work I had in it and how I installed it in the space.  So that was nice also.

 

best,

 

.................john


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Adjunct Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art

Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China

Former President and Past President; Potters Council
 

http://www.JohnBaymore.com

http://www.nhia.edu/...ty/john-baymore


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:28 PM

Looks amazing. Glad it went well. 



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Posted 09 March 2017 - 03:39 PM

John

After finally managing to read through the papers describing in great detail the Japanese Tea Ceremony (and I will say it did take a very long time!), I will never feel quite the same when I pour the boiling water over my tea bags or pop it into the micro wave.  Such a  wonderful world we share--many thanks. 

Ginny







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