Chariots on Fire introduces: 

TENSHIN JUBA


Alchemist-potter Tenshin Juba creates modern earthenware and stoneware from his home-studio in the lush mountain hill-side of Kobe, Japan.  It is terrain Juba has explored since childhood:  densely green in summer, and thick with towering bamboo and moss-laden pine; by winter, the earth occluded from view beneath layered snowfall.

Here, Juba creates in rhythmic manner—his sourcing of raw materials facilitated by the cycles of his natural world; it is the artist’s intention to let the laws of nature prevail.

A combination of organic materials, such as rice straws and chestnut husks, are paired with ‘low-tech’ methods to catalyze a variety of results:  smooth, glassy finishes and saturated, inky blue-black, deep caramel, or naturally-occurring platinum tones. 

The addition of richly-mineralized water, for which Juba’s area is known, dilutes pigment-infused clay, transforming it into liquid ‘slip,’ a substance with which the artist paints upon the surface of his forms.  Pure, kinetic gestures define Juba’s hand-poured mode of expression.  A rake-like instrument of bound pine-needles pulls through liquid slip to offer a more intricate, pattern-like effect.

As a final process, the artist selects from his hand-constructed kilns: whether the more controlled environment of the electric, or a wild, 10-metre wide high-fire kiln, designed specifically to accommodate Juba’s larger-scaled pieces.  Once the pieces are placed in the kiln, the workings of chemistry take over.

—Venice, California, May 2019


Chariots on Fire exclusively represents Juba Tenshin in the USA.

 
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Modern Slipware by Juba Tenshin

Modern Slipware by Juba Tenshin

 
 
Modern color slipware on Porcelain

Modern color slipware on Porcelain