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January 2011  

@ January 15(Sat.) through January 22(Sat.) @   @
  Yui Matsumoto "urushi" work exhibition      
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Every of Ms. Matsumoto's works has its own personality chock-full of freshness, though "urushi" Japanese lacquerware often presents the impression of being too cool and affected. She creates a soy sauce cruet out of a tree stump. A small box lid has a stubby glass cactus. A design of a chopstick rest is based on a flash of lightning through the clouds. Even with some humorous atmosphere, each piece has its own fine and decent shape.
She says, "The taste of trees or lacquer is what makes them so fascinating. I'm always thinking about how to make the best of it. I'd love to make a thing which you can enjoy your daily life with".
Now on view, a large variety of "urushi" works, including tableware and flower containers, which are originally designed and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.

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February 2011  

@ February 5(Sat.) through February 12(Sat.) @   @
  Hideki Yamashita pottery exhibition      
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What makes you surprised is that every of Mr. Yamashita's works has a diversified dynamic design. Featuring his artistic creativity, its attractive appearance, such as something stylish, warm or gorgeous, is full of decent charm. Let's look at his stylish rectangular soy sauce cruet on the right photo. It gives off the elegant glow of oxidized silver.
gGinka-Temmokuh, which he's now challenging, or an uneven silvery finish is the result of a firing technique to oxidize iron. He says, gSeeing a finish is fun. Changing colours in the kiln, each piece has its own personality. It's fun to imagine how it's been made up.h Then on the left photo, a pot and a cup, both of which have tender soft shape, give a warm impression. gI'd be happy if you enjoy meals with my piecesh, he says.
Now on view, a large variety of pottery works which are originally designed@and have the essence of his own, especially for the winter dining table. This is a good chance to encounter them.

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@ February 19(Sat.) through February 26(Sat.) @   @
  Susumu Hosokawa solo exhibition      
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At here ACCa this is the third time of Susumu Hosokawa solo exhibition, where you can enjoy his oil paint works featuring the dry season's Louangphrabang, the Laotian northern town along the Mekong River.
The old capital Louangphrabang, the World Heritage Site, is fascinating to visit for its silent timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural and religious treasures just like the Palace, various Buddhist temples etc.
With the wild and untamed natural environment as a backdrop, locals enjoy their slow life with the blessings of the Mekong River.
Mr. Hosokawa says, gI'd be so happy if I could convey the magic of its pleasant-looking Buddhist people together with natural things all around them."
Now on view, a large variety of works, which are originally painted and have the essence of his own. This is a good chance to encounter them.

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March 2011  

@ March 12(Sat.) through March 19(Sat.) @   @
  Hiroyuki Inaba, Eri Kawaguchi pottery exhibition      
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Ms. Kawaguchi says, "I'd love to create something that makes you feel a little bit relaxed and happy in your everyday life". Featuring traditional style, every of her works is free from old-fashioned appearance. Let's look at her graceful, stylish, simple containers, which are usually covered with some familiar types of glazes. And also you can enjoy new spring-coloured ones.
Mr. Inaba says, "I'm now challenging to create a form of my very own. I wonder what would be made from the clay soil". Every of his containers gives@both an elegant and a warm impression. Together with tableware just like bowls or dishes, you could find totally different kinds of things. It's fun to imagine what that would be like.
The chemistry between the two individualities makes the exhibition a pleasure to watch.
Now on view, a large variety of pottery works which are originally designed@and have the essence of their own. This is a good chance to encounter them.

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@ March 26(Sat.) through April 2(Sat.) @   @
  Miho Nishikawa metal work exhibition      
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Every of Ms. Nishikawa's metallic works is so unique because of its gentle glow and its soft form. Some magical designs or unexpected favorable devices can also be found, which makes you feel happy. The closer you look at the details, the more freshness each piece seems to have.
"I'd love to create something that has its unusual design or mysterious characteristics", she says. "What a delightful find | a true serendipity if someone could enjoy its own personality of each piece with me".
Now on view, a large variety of works which are originally designed and have the essence of her own, including user-friendly cutlery, charming "boxes", accessories and so on. This is a good chance to encounter them. You'll have to find something that you will like.

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April 2011  

@ April 16(Sat.) through April 23(Sat.) @   @
  Aki Takemoto glass work exhibition      
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The distinguishing mark of Ms. Takemoto's works is the colorful layered glass fragments as well as the highly polished transparent feel. It seems like the beauty of abstract paintings, which you must have already been enthralled by at her two previous solo exhibitions held in here ACCa.
This time together with these plates and objects, a little bit deeper bowls are displayed. Every of her works features unusual decorative designs rather than something practical. She says, "Ive been challenging to create some new expressive things, which could be regarded as uneven or rough-faced". And also you can enjoy various sizes and designs of rings and other popular accessories.
Now on view, a large variety of glass works, which are originally designed and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.

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@ April 26(Tue.) through April 30(Sat.) @   @
  Hiroyuki Inaba, Eri kawaguchi pottery ExhibitioniPart 2j
\ Wishing the best for rebuilding the disaster-stricken Tohoku region \
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On the 11th of March when the disastrous quake hit Japan, Mr. Inaba and Ms. Kawaguchi were preparing for their exhibition here at ACCa, where any of their pieces were not damaged. So the exhibition was held as scheduled.
But the quake has hard hit their studios in Fukushima, Tohoku region. Because of their best wishes to the people devastated by the quake, here again their joint pottery exhibition is being held, and sales will be donated as contributions to the region.
Now on view, a large variety of pottery works which are originally designed@and have the essence of their own. We would be happy if you encounter them.

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May 2011  

@ May 6(Fri.) through May 15(Sun.) @   @
  galleria ACCa 5th anniversary exhibition      
@ Galleria ACCa has reached its 5th anniversary, and we cannot contain our happiness, having provided opportunities for various encounters between you and promising young artists. How thankful we are for your support!
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, at our request, about 20 of our artists have made things focusing on the theme of gform to pourh, which also means the hope to share affection and kindness.
Now on view, a large variety of works including pottery, glass- or metal-ware, which are originally designed and have the essence of their own. The exhibition dates are a bit longer than usual. This is a good chance to encounter them.
In addition, wishing the best to the people devastated by the 3.11earthquake and tsunami, some pieces are offered at bargain prices by both the artists and the exhibitor for charity and sales will be donated as contributions to the victims.
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@ May 21(Sat.) through May 28(Sat.) @   @
  Shi-jun Nam metal work exhibition      
@ It looks like every of Mr. Nam's metal works is dressed in a clothing of time that has elapsed. That always reminds you of something in the dim and distant past.
Metal-castings are made by forming a mould into the shape of your object and pouring molten metal into it. So he's committed to quality in the shape of each object. He says, gThe shape of the object is a symbol. It has a particular meaning or represents an idea. My greatest challenge is to create an object that has qualities to make you like even if it doesn't have any decoration or functionalityh. For him, crafting things probably is just like trying to give you a sense of inner calm.
Now on view, a large variety of metal works, which are originally designed and have the essence of his own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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June 2011  

@ June 4(Sat.) through June 11(Sat.) @   @
  Akiko Iwase glass work exhibition      
@ The distinguishing mark of Ms. Iwase's glass works is clear subtle colour gradations and stylish forms, which look like mirrors of natural things such as the wind, water or green leaves. Each piece sure takes a lot of your images, and creates a form which you can actually relate to.
She says, "I've been challenging to craft a thing, which just really makes you feel like you've become a part of the glass. Or the one, which can actually fascinate you even viewed from a distance". Having learned at Glass and Ceramic School Bornholm Denmark, she's at work now in Hokuriku, a central part of Japan, trying to keep a balance between engaging in glass works and living together with natural things all around her.
Spending a lot of time just watching her piece is good. Otherwise with her piece to adorn the table, even an everyday meal has a luxurious feel.
Now on view, a large variety of glass works, which are originally designed and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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@ June 18(Sat.) through June 25(Sat.) @   @
  Yuriko Ogawa pottery exhibition      
@ Every of Ms. Ogawa's pottery painting works sure is a big challenge dealing successfully with traditional indigo designs, which looks like she tries to keep balance between her distinctiveness and classic patterns or forms. She says, gI'd like to create something which just really makes you feel so free and easyh. It's obviously difficult to make free and easy things using a traditional technique. But she gets a lot of enjoyment out of crafting things. Each piece created in this way actually is full of attractiveness together with a sense of fun.
Now on view, a large variety of pottery including small decorative ceramics such as a tower-shaped one or a ship-shaped as well as tableware, which are originally designed and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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July 2011  

@ July 9(Sat.) through July 16(Sat.) @   @
  Noriko Kimura solo exhibition      
@ In her works, Ms Kimura creates a woman from the back or a cat really having so much fun through their usual gesture for a moment. Then look at some other pictures right out of the blue a close-up of a woman's knee or foot from the view of just 10 centimetres above the ground, which presents a relaxed and refreshed impression depending on their matt mellowed colours.
Having a touch of something unexpected or unusual, each piece gives you a clue to think back and have a happy picture in your mind, which she refers to as an illustration just like becoming a part of your daily life. She says, "So my challenge is to develop a style, by which a sense of nostalgia is evoked".
Every of her individual handicrafts with paper, cloth, threads, acrylics, watercolours, embroideries etc respectively, has a warm and welcoming feel.
Now on view, a large variety of works, which are originally illustrated and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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@ July 23(Sat.) through July 30(Sat.) @   @
  Hitoshi Kato pottery exhibition      
@ Let's look at Mr. Kato's Japanese-style pottery Kohiki ware with magnificent Shinogi patterns, which some of you have already been enthralled by and enjoy everyday meals with. He says, "I'd like to craft things with simple designs and easy-to-use shapes".
Every of his works, which always charms you, sure makes both Japanese and western meals seem more elegant. And also it gives you a sense of calm and gentleness.
Taking the trouble to dig up clay to be used for pottery, his care and attention to the warmth of nature would create the beauty of his handicrafts.
At here ACCa, this is the fourth time of his exhibition, although the first time it's held in summer and some pieces must have a bit refreshingly different feel from the previous ones.
Now on view, a large variety of works, which are originally designed and have the essence of his own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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September 2011  

@ September 10(Sat.) through 17(Sat.) @   @
  Michiko Yogi pottery exhibition      
@ It's really good fun to have a look at Ms. Yogi's lidded containers in the shape of a bit easygoing-faced animals, which feature their swollen bodies, wearing headgear, kind of upturned faces. Their little eyes' glancing at you, do they say, "I won't bother you, but I'm just staying here"?
With her care and attention to daily life including child-rearing or housework, Ms. Yogi creates things with soft forms and simple, friendly patterns. Every of her works, which always charms you, has a warm and welcoming feel.
And also with her easy-to-use small pans or cups as well as those lidded containers to adorn the kitchen, even preparing an everyday meal sure makes you feel happy.
Now on view, a large variety of works, which are originally designed and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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@ September 24(Sat.) through October 1(Sat.) @   @
  Ryoko Oota glass work exhibition      
@ "Breaking into pieces" is the major magic of glass, that makes you feel surprised, but it's the random rewards. Ms. Oota says that means you're allowed to melt it down to make into a new object. Her flexible thinking and craftsmanship like that is sure to create superb pieces. They look like they have caught various patterns of different lights.
This piece catches warm sunshine which you enjoy basking in. That piece catches some blue light of glacier with silence from ancient times. Another piece produces a range of shading from dark to light, which looks like bare ground in wintertime and also makes you have a picture in your mind such as the lush foliage of summer or the fresh green buds of coming spring.
Every of her works has its own story, and you'll have fun listening to it.
Now on view, a large variety of glass works, which are originally designed and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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October 2011  

@ October 8(Sat.) through October 15(Sat.) @   @
  Yuko Naito solo exhibition      
@ In her works, Ms Naito creates subtle moving lines, which look like they reflect the rustle of leaves in the breeze, on the background of pale different hues. Her abstract paintings could make you feel calm and nostalgic. At the back of your mind, you'd have the feeling that you've seen these landscapes somewhere before. Every work has a veiled quality, as though it were covered in silk gauze. You'd try to look at the back of the screen.
She says, "Pieces of your past, future, dreams, realities, or wishes form a particular shape or line in your mind. Having the clearest image of something in your mind will sure make you feel relieved". As a film producer, she travels all over the world. And also she could travel through time.
Now on view, a large variety of abstract works, which are originally painted and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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@ October 22(Sat.) through October 29(Sat.) @   @
  Miho Nashimoto pottery exhibition      
@ Ms. Nashimoto's distinctive characteristics are fruits or flowers painted with soft strokes of the brush, and her striped patterns. Every of her works with unusual Japanese-style designs, which could be called something modern Japanese, is quite popular. Actually lots of people have been enthralled by her containers having a gentle feel and friendly-to-use.
"Now I'd love to craft things simple and charming", she says, "I've been engaged in creating a new series of ceramics which remind you of Scandinavian decoration, the origin of the craft". As well as featuring traditional Japanese styles of decoration like Shirogeshou or Nunome, how richly expressive her Scandinavian finish can be seen.
Now on view, a large variety of pottery works which are originally designed@and have the essence of her own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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November 2011  

@ November 12(Sat.) through November 19(Sat.) @   @
  viisiviisi exhibition      
@ At here ACCa this is the 2nd time of a women's textile-print designer group viisi exhibition. In their works, everything from the fabric designs to the dyeing and sewing is planned with the greatest care, to reflect the bounty of sensitivity highly developed in their everyday work. Each piece isn't showy and has a warm and nostalgic feel.
Being entitled "fuyu + (winter plus)", crafts on display include bags, mufflers, small things etc with abstract or animal motifs. They are made of wool, or adding some different materials like leather etc.
Why don't you carry or wear one of them this coming winter? You'd probably feel a little bit happier than usual. The viisi's world is great fun again.
Now on view, a large variety of textile works which are originally designed@and have the essence of their own. This is a good chance to encounter them.
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@ November 26(Sat.) through December 3(Sat.) @   @
  Kumi Obata copperplate print exhibition      
@ Here at ACCa, this is the 1st time of Ms. Kumi Obata copperplate print exhibition. She is an emerging talent and has been accepted 5 times as one of the selected illustrators at the Illustrators Exhibition staged as part of the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
In her impressive works, pretty relaxed lines are kept to a minimum with a small amount of a particular colour. She creates something special that you could happen to see in your subconscious mind. It makes you feel at home and easy-going. She says, "If just a piece of image can be seen, I'll try to take the other pieces to have a picture in my mind. I'd be so glad if you could find something special in your mind when you have a look at my work". This is a good chance to enjoy the opportunity to use your imagination and to encounter a nice little story of your own.
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December 2011  

@ December 10(Sat.) through December 17(Sat.) @   @
  Kanami Ogata glass work exhibition      
@ Just like a distant memory or a soft sound, every of Ms. Ogata's fantastic glass works sure reminds you of something poetic, as if it's stopped the passing of time.
The new theme is "room". She says, "This summer after experiencing 3.11 earthquake and tsunami, I went to the States, where learning and crafting glass works could make me feel comfortable and confident. Before that, I'd been down and out, feeling small. Now I seem to follow what has happened 3.11 and after. Worries, stresses and strains, which had layered in my mind, are to be replaced by room, the inside of layered glass. I hope each piece would make you feel very interested and excited, leaving room enough to your imagination as well".
During her stay in the States, Bertil Vallein, a master in glass, was said to be favorably impressed by this "room". You should enjoy the latest world of Kanami Ogata, having just developed a new different attitude.
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