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Shimizu Hokujo Talks About Mogake (Seaweed) Teapot, Art and Technique

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Shimizu Hokujo Talks About  Mogake (Seaweed) Teapot, Art and Technique

Interview to Mr. Shimizu Hokujo about his art and technique of mogake (seaweed) Teapot. Hokujo told: Mogake art began at the end of the Edo period (1603-1867).Soft thin seaweed, which are taken in May and June are used for teapot decoration. Name of the seaweed is "Amamo" in Japanese. They can be found on the coast. It is picked in beach where people go pick up clams. The seaweed is where fish lay their eggs, so I do not take the seaweed from the root, but tear off the upper parts. We must think about the regeneration of the sea.In recent years, the...

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Teapots at Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition 2021

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Teapots at Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition 2021

The 68th Japan Traditional Kogei (Art Crafts) Exhibition was held in Tokyo in September 2021. The following artists' teapots were passed and selected for the exhibition and were exhibited. Reiko (Koie Hiroshi) Yokei (Mizuno Yokei) Hokujo (Shimizu Hokujo)  Shiraiwa Taisuke  What is this exhibition? Japan's largest open-call-participants exhibition by the Japan Kogei Association with the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Government of Japan) and others.. It has been held once a year since 1954. The purpose of the exhibition is to protect and nurture Japan's excellent traditional crafts. Selected works after rigorous screening from the 7 categories of ceramics, dyeing and weaving, lacquer arts, metalworking, wood...

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