Ippodo Gallery in New York presents Sake Vessels in an exhibition on view January 06, 2012 – January 28, 2012.
In Japan there are many words that contain the term sake: asazake (morning sake), amazake (sweet, mild sake), iwaizake (celebratory sake), kanzake (warmed sake), nigorizake (unrefined sake), hanamizake (cherry blossom-viewing sake), yukimizake (snow-viewing sake), mukaezake (hair of the dog), masuzake (sake in a square wooden cup), etc.
From this, it can be seen that Sake, which is brewed from rice, plays an important role in the lives of the Japanese people, it is drunk at ceremonies and festivals, weddings and celebrations, while in ancient times it was used as an offering before battle or on auspicious occasions. It offers people a fresh start and purifies their bodies; whenever there is an occasion for people to come together, sake is always present.
The vessels used for serving and drinking sake came in a huge variety of shapes and sizes: narrow-necked flasks, called tokuri, that are used to pour sake; lipped bowls, called katakuchi, for serving; tiny cups known as guinomi that allow the drinker to enjoy the sake a little at a time; and many others. From great masters to new young artists, all of Ippodo’s artists have excelled themselves to produce works in their own particular styles that can be seen at the Ippodo Gallery.
Participating Artists (in alphabetical order)
Ken Akachi / Junsuke Asai / Ryusuke Asai / Goni Chon / Yasushi Fujihira / Tetsuya Ishiyama / Tsubusa Kato/ Masato Kigasawa / Ryoji Koie / Masahiro Maeda/ Toru Matsuzaki / Shigeyoshi Morioka / Yuriko Morioka/ Kohei Nakamura / Katsunori Nakashima / Akio Niisato / Yoshio Nishihata / Kai Tsujimura / Shiro Tsujimura / Yui Tsujimura.
Opening in Tokyo in 1996, the Ippodo Gallery has three exhibition venues in Japan where it has established a reputation for itself as the leading gallery specializing in contemporary art crafts. In 2008 Ippodo Gallery opened its first U.S. branch in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, where it holds diverse exhibitions and events, presenting the work of contemporary Japanese craft artists in an effort to introduce current Japanese culture to the world.
At Ippodo Gallery we collect beautiful works, in ceramics, urushi lacquer, bamboo, textiles (dyed and embroidered), cabinetmaking, paper, metal, glass, stone (sculpture) etc., embodying the highest degree of craftsmanship, in order to promote and champion Japanese art crafts.
Ippodo Gallery New York
521 W. 26th Street, B1 ( Between 10th & 11th Avenues) New York, NY 10001