"Bizen still gives me a lot of inspiration."
12 Mar 2022
Alphabet is a unique ceramic piece, one in a limited series the artist produced in this material in early 2000.
Experimenting with new and unexpected materials has always been a crucial part of Parlá's practice. In early 2000 he discovered the art of ceramics, particularly the Bizen ware.
The similarities between Parla’s use of rustic colours and ancient pottery techniques intrigued and inspired him to travel to Japan where he was introduced to working with clay for the first time by the Kimura family.
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José Parlá – Alphabet
'Alphabet' is signed and titled by the artist on verso.
The artwork comes with its original bespoke box and presentation stand.
'Alphabet' in its presentation box.
"I started out going to Japan, learning from my friend Hajime Kimura whose family makes Bizen ceramics. They have been making ceramics for about a thousand years. I was taken in through an introduction by a friend in Okayama. The colors are very similar to some of the palettes and also the textures of my paintings. I wanted to make tablets that reminded you of something you would find as an artifact from Mesopotamia."
José Parlá for Theme Magazine
Original presentation box set, signed.
A noriborigama climbing kiln. The Kimura family is one of the six Bizen families designated as honorable craftsmen (shokunin).
Mari Sheibley, Imprint
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