Inayoshi Osamu 稲吉 オサム

A chawan by Inayoshi Osamu at the Teaware On The Edge Exhibit

A chawan by Inayoshi Osamu at the Teaware On The Edge Exhibit

Two of Inayoshi Osamu's chawans in the Teaware On The Edge Exhibit.

I was unfamiliar with Inayoshi's work, so for me it was like the revelation of a magical treasure. He indeed proved to be a magician with clay, and his technique was such simple genius that I was shaking my head at my ignorance for not having seen or thought of it before. The workshop was Inayoshi's first visit to the USA, and the first workshop he had given, and was great fun to be a part of - his expertise was only matched by his sense of humor.

The wooden form Inayoshi molded his tea bowls around

Inayoshi's magic show began with a disappearing act as he covered a turned wooden form with an oh-so-cool keyboard handkerchief.

Inayoshi forming the clay around the mold

Next he took a thick slab of clay and formed it around the mold with his hands.

Inayoshi using a rock to form the tea bowl

After molding the slab around the form, Inayoshi took a rock - he just got one from around the edge of the parking lot - and began rolling it up the sides of the clay to create form and texture.

Inayoshi checking the form of the tea bowl

Fine-tuning the form.

Inayoshi thinking about the tea bowl

Around this point Inayoshi said he was thinking about the rim and which side the face of the chawan would be in relation to it.

Inayoshi removing clay from the inside of the tea bowl

Removing excess thickness.

Inayoshi wedging like a rock star

Kids, if you want to grow up to be a rock star like me, you gotta wedge your clay! Peace!

A sake cup by Inayoshi Osamu

A sake cup. Photographing it was like shooting a jewel.

The foot of a sake cup by Inayoshi Osamu

The foot.

A sake bottle by Inayoshi Osamu

A sake bottle.

A few photos of work from Inayoshi's site, where you can see more of the range of work he has done.

The foot of a chawan by Inayoshi Osamu
A sake cup by Inayoshi Osamu
A larger vessel by Inayoshi Osamu
Inayoshi doing mad science!

A blog post about Inayoshi doing mad science!

time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

time flies

Link to monthly image blog