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Dear <<First Name （名）>> <<Last Name （姓）>>、
Last Event of 2015 at Shiro Oni Studio
First, I want to say there are too many people to thank who made this third year possible. The residency couldn't exist without everyone visiting the studios and exhibitions, helping the visiting artists, and supporting the project in the background. Thank you all, its been an overwhelming experience.
From the spring of 2016 Shiro Oni Studio will reopen. We hope all of you will join us as the residency continues to grow.
Ending 2015, the last group of artists in residence fired artist Chiaki Horikoshi's anagama, "Chiakigama". The ceramics fired in the kiln will be the focus of their exhibition November 14 and 15.
Last, we have a special event for the final exhibition. Tokyo-based violinist Rie Koyama will do a "Free Barter" concert at at the Kinuya building from 2pm on Nov. 15.
↑ Click on above image for details / map about the exhibition on the Shiro Oni website.
Adeleine Daysor Singapore
Various Media Mountains are awe-inspiring and significant landscapes that have captured the admiration and imagination of people.
Mountains are considered sacred for some and many shrines have been built on them to exalt the divinity that resides on them.
Despite being difficult to access, human have found means to inhabit mountains and tap the resources available such as fertile conditions for farming and in the context of Onishi--stone mining.
Moving mountain pays tribute to natural elements and investigates human relationships to nature through a stone named “Yama” that accompanies the artist in her travels. （click on the image to visit artist's website）
England Via The Netherlands
Stay：10/01-11/18 Sculpture Embarking on a residency in a far away land - I was sure it would be so different from everything I knew — and then to settle down and make art I thought might be daunting. For this reason I brought with me several elements from previous works which are familiar to me, and which could possibly be of some interest and content to the people of the town. One work is an installation of the new Japanese ceramics together with pictures of all the other items in my ceramic museum; the second installation is a welcoming hand to the people of Onishi.
（click on the image to visit artist's website）
Sculpture In Onishi I will be making some simple ceramic objects and watching the process of the anagama firing. I have never made functional objects from clay, always sculptures, and as I sit at a table in the studio making cups and bowls, I feel humbled within this history of exquisite craft. I think about this often, about history and the differences I'm finding between cultures, especially as I continue a long standing drawing project about perspective. Every morning and some evenings I draw in the gravel ball court in the riverside park, and then sweep away what I draw. (click on the image to visit artist's website）
Angelika Rauf Germany
Stay：9/20-11-13 Ceramics and Drawing The line starts at one point. The wrist moves the pen in continuous motion. Lines intersect. Sharp sounds on paper and ceramics.
A drawing is a very direct medium. Very fast thoughts and ideas can be detained. Results become visible immediately.
In contrast, ceramic must be processed more slowly. Hands form a body, that require constant further processing.
Drawings and ceramics contrast each other. I want to scrutinize their differences more closely with my work, comibing flat drawing with three-dimensional objects. (click on the image to visit artist's website）
David Rauer Germany
Ceramics Things go lumpy, get melted or go flying into the air. That`s abstractly said, what my work deals with - here in Onishi the Stone City.
My sculptures and installations want to be friends of the traditional japan and the new aesthetics of industry products. Let`s take a ride with Clay and Garbage Wood and Plastic, Anagama-Swords, Masks and Turning Wheels. I also invited my friend Dato Natto to make some high fired stoneware for us - see you also in between. (click on the image to visit artist's website）
Lucy Strachan England
Lucy usually makes sculptures to commissions from private clients and Art inthe public realm. She is very excited to use the Shirooni opportunity to explore another culture and spend some time emersing herself in the Onishis community. The work she produces will reflect her experiences in a playful and dynamic way.
(click on the image to visit artist's website)
Hong Kong via England
Documentary and Ceramics
After her first visit to Onishi last year, Barbara has returned for a second visit; this time she is working on a photo/ video project, documenting the daily life of four local people and to learn how to cook from them. She wants to use Onishi as an example, try to introduce the rural life in Japan to the UK public, hoping to arouse more interest and attention to the smaller towns in Japan.
She is also working on a ceramic installation based on stories told by the local people and the closed knitted community in Onishi. (click on the image to visit artist's website）
Special Event: "Free Barter" Violin Concert
Violinist Rie Koyama will give a violin concert at the Kinuya building from 2 pm on November 15. No cover charge, just bring something you would like to trade to see the concert.
End of Kanna Fall Art Festival, 2015
The second annual Kanna Fall Art Festival was held at the former Fujisaki brewery in September. The Kanna Fall Art Festival brings together Shiro Oni Studio artists with craftsman and artists from the Kanna area.
The week-long festival had work from 40 artists from 20 countries on display as well as musical performances on the Fujisaki grounds, at the Shiro Oni artist studios, and at Atorie Shino. Guests enjoyed live music, food, drink, interactive art, the Japanese tea ceremony, and outdoor activities including tree climbing and two-person log sawing.
We've had such a warm reception from the people in the Kanna area over the last two years, and are looking forward to the 2016 festival. (photos by Kjell Hahn and Hidetoshi Kumagai)