November 9, 2011 ウォーレン・マッケンジー(Warren MacKenzie)

Thanks Giving Day(感謝祭)テーブル: ウォーレン・マッケンジー(Warren MacKenzie) 

秋になると夏に大活躍したガラスや磁器よりも陶器のぬくもりが恋しくなります。Thanks Giving Day(感謝祭) テーブル
November 8, 2011)では、ずっとファンのウォーレン・マッケンジー(Warren MacKenzie)氏の作品を使いました。

1924年アメリカ生まれのウォーレン・マッケンジーは、日常使う雑器に美を見出し、「民芸」思想に参加したイギリス人のバーナード・リーチや濱田庄司から影響を受け、バーナード・リーチに学びました。アメリカ・ミネソタに窯をもち「ミンゲイ」と「ミネソタ」をあわせた「ミンゲイソタ」とし、日常の食器を陶工として作っています。

はじめて彼の作品に出会ったのは、15年前くらい。日本でも「季楽」という広尾にあったギャラリーで個展を開催、その時沢山購入した。大きな手で作る温かみのある作品に感動し、ミネソタの彼の窯を訪問しました。窯をみせてくれて、隣接したショールームでは、自分で値つけをして買っていってもいいというシステムで、その時もいくつか購入しました。

今では、有名なミュージアムでの展示や高価な値段で買うコレクターが増え、あのときのように簡単に手に入らなくなってしまったけれど、モノ作りに見せられ、日常雑器を陶工として作り続ける信念のウォーレン・マッケンジーは、ずっと変わらず感動を覚えます。

テーブルでは今日も、「ミンゲイソタ」の食器でおいしい食事を。

Thanks Giving Day Table: Warren MacKenzie 
When autumn comes, you may want to use earthenware more than porcelain china or glasses that were often used
during summer because earthenware makes you feel warm. Therefore, on Thanks Giving Day Table (November 8, 2011),
I have selected to use the earthenware pieces of Warren MacKenzie whom I have been a fan. Warren MacKenzie who
was born 1924 is a North American craft potter. MacKenzie studied with Bernard Leach His simple, wheel-thrown
functional pottery is heavily influenced by the oriental aesthetic of Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai. He is attributed with
bringing the Japanese Mingei style of pottery to Minnesota, fondly referred to as the "Mingeisota style." MacKenzie has
described his goal as the making of "everyday" pots. When I first met his pieces was about 15 years ago at ‘KIRAKU’
gallary in Hiromo and bought many at that time. I was so much impressed by his work and visited his studio in
Minnesota He showed me his studio and kiln. He also housed a showroom on his property. The showroom operated
strictly on the "honor system" whereby pots were marked with price stickers and visitors would pay for pots by placing
their money in a wicker basket. I also bought his pieces back to Japan. Although his pots are found in major museums
and command high prices among collectors, his belief as making of “everyday” pots stays the same. I am impressed by
him since I can’t easily obtain his masterpieces now.
On the Table Today, have a delicious meal with “Mingeisota style” earthenware.

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by miwakoda | 2011-11-09 06:17 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

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