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Teppei Yamashita

Time: March 20, 2012 at 7pm to March 25, 2012 at 10pm
Location: ouchi gallery
Street: 170 Tillary Street, Suite 507
City/Town: Brooklyn, NY1120
Website or Map: http://ouchigallery.com/
Phone: 347 987 4606
Event Type: opening, reception
Organized By: Ouchi Gallery
Latest Activity: Feb 13, 2012

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I was born in Japan, in the city of Imari, world famous for its ceramics and porcelains. The area I lived in was full of ceramic workshops. Although I grew up in an environment encircled by ceramics I was not particularly interested in them.

After graduating from high school, I visited several countries including the USA, Korea, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. I also lived in Australia for one year, doing part-time jobs such as fruit picking, while I traveled all around the country.

When I returned to Japan, I comprehended the culture of my own country through a whole new set of eyes. With new interest, I decided to learn the art of ceramics, which I had looked at and played with ever since I was a child. The more I learned, the more I loved the traditional figures and motifs. I started my education at the Arita College of Ceramics, known as an outstanding institution specializing in traditional Japanese porcelain and ceramic education.

After my graduation, I wanted to practice ceramics not in Japan, but in another culture. I wanted to explore what and how I could do in a different culture, to challenge and improve myself. And I moved to Istanbul, Turkey.

As I learned about the culture of Turkey and particularly analyzed and learned its art of ceramics and tiles, I started including Turkish motifs to the figures I use. At first, I used the Japanese motifs, but now I also use Turkish motifs in my work. I try to display the reflections of two different cultures in original, contemporary forms and motifs, but also keeping their traditional tastes. Creating original works, keeping the traditional roots, but also going beyond the limits of the traditional... Just like a tree standing on its ancient roots and blossoming new flowers... The earth leaves the hands and is set in fire. Earth in the fire - too hot to be touched and looked at.

I believe in the value of works not factory-made, but touched by humans, by the hands. Just like the thin prints left by feet on the snow, the ceramics keep the prints of the hands and the human. I love that. And I love my work touching the hearts of people...

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