As a young boy, Toshiro Tsubokura became interested in pottery by his family who made roof tiles for traditional Japanese homes. In his teens he went to an Arts University, and later worked as graphic artist and photographer.
After learning to capture nature on film, he turned to pottery. He was inspired by the freely brushed, reddish Shino-glazed work called “fire colour” created by the anonymous Japanese potters of the Momoyama period (16th century). He is now working to find the Momoyama potter’s spirit and soul in the elements of the universe. Pottery fascinates him because, while life is so short, pottery can give shape and soul to clay that is as old as the Earth itself.
Shino-glazed pottery can also enrich the presentation of meals on the dining table or give life to a simple flower arrangement in a vase. It also offers an appreciation of nature and an understanding of the “magic of fire” that is the base of pottery.
“Sympathy toward the clay and the fire, sympathy to the human being. Lets share in the beauty of our mother earth” he says.
Exhibition runs from September 14 to October 2.
In cooperation with the René-Richard Library.