Communication via structure

Tycho – One of my creative heroes in graphic design and music tweets – “Graphic design is architecture in the abstract, communication via structure.”

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Since I was young I’ve loved good architecture, subjectively of course, and graphic design.

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I have also admired the book illustrators who were the kings of their craft until photography and computer generated art cut into their business quite heavily. I know all of you can probably remember a children’s book that you loved because the illustrator spoke in pictures, visually, the words that were written. A condensed version of what you were reading.

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Jay Benzel & Ohi Toshio

So excited! So when it rains, it pours. After visiting the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art and viewing the Japanese Pottery Exhibit currently on display I made a few connections and found out that Ohi Toshio not only will be giving a lecture at the end of the exhibit on Jan 22nd at 5pm but also teaching a class on the 21st during the day of the 22nd as well. The first day will be working the clay and the second day will be some firings.

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Promo Flyer – Toshio Ohi Workshop

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Just got into a class with Jay Benzel to help me get my skills up to level! I went in and bought a tumbler (the southern term for yunomi haha) and recognized his Asian influences. I emailed him last night. He gave me a ring this morning and we chatted for a while. He started throwing out the names that have influenced me and sort of feeling me out: Phil Rogers, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach and mentioned his preference to local materials. I was just thinking the same things about being true to your local materials and letting the beauty of your direct geographical influences come through.

One of Jay’s works

A visit to The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art

In researching tea ceremony for a client I came across a ceramics show held at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College. It is a beautiful museum and the curators are friendly and knowledgeable. I was asked by some friends to make a few pictures so I decided to blog it.

JAPANESE POTTERY

The rising generation from traditional Japanese kilns


The installation runs through the end of January. A special reception featuring a gallery talk by Ohi Toshio, one of the artists included in the show, will be held from 5–7 p.m., Jan. 22., 2015. He is an eleventh generation Ohi Master.

Ohi Toshio has even given a Ted Talk

Chronological List of Masters

Genenation Master’s name Other name
First Ohi-Chozaemon Hodoan 1630-1712
Second Ohi-Chozaemon Hodoan 1686-1747
Third Ohi-Chozaemon Hodoan.Kanbei 1728-1802
Fourth Ohi-Chozaemon Doan.Kanbei 1758-1839
Fifth Ohi-Chozaemon Hodoan.Kanbei 1799-1856
Sixth Ohi-Chozaemon Sakutaro 1828-1856
Seventh Ohi-Chozaemon Michitada 1833-1896
Eighth Ohi-Chozaemon Yuigensai.Sosyun 1851-1927
Ninth Ohi-Chozaemon Todosai 1901-1986
Tenth Ohi-Chozaemon Toshiro 1927-
Ohi-Toshio 1958-