José Parlá: Alphabet

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José Parlá: Alphabet

Opens: 12 Mar 2022

Alphabet is a unique ceramic piece, one in a limited series the artist produced in this material in early 2000.

"Bizen still gives me a lot of inspiration."

José Parlá

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.

Alphabet

José Parlá

Alphabet

  • 2006
  • Bizen clay ceramic
  • Original
  • Signed and titled by the artist on verso
  • 49cm x 20cm
  • With original presentation box set, signed

£9,000

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José Parlá – Alphabet

'Alphabet' is signed and titled by the artist on verso.
'Alphabet' is signed and titled by the artist on verso.

'Alphabet' is signed and titled by the artist on verso.

The artwork comes with its original bespoke box and presentation stand.
The artwork comes with its original bespoke box and presentation stand.

The artwork comes with its original bespoke box and presentation stand.

'Alphabet' in its presentation box.

'Alphabet' in its presentation box.

Traditional craft encounters high art

Traditional craft encounters high art

"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.

Original presentation box set, signed.

Did you know that Japan has the world’s longest history in making pottery by firing clay? The earliest clay-fired pieces date back to Jomon pottery created 16,000 years ago.

A noriborigama climbing kiln. The Kimura family is one of the six Bizen families designated as honorable craftsmen (shokunin).

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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