【4th – 21st October 2019】
PRIVATE VIEW: 3rd October Thu 18:00-20:00
SPECIAL OPENING: 5th October Sat 12:00-18:00
*𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐢 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞!*
You can have your own broken pottery repaired by the acclaimed, Stoke-on-Trent based Japanese artist, Reiko Kaneko!
𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐮𝐬 (𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨@𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐲-𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲.𝐜𝐨𝐦) 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬, 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬; 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬, for quicker quotation.
In this exhibition Reiko Kaneko presents an exploration of kintsugi and of imperfection. The practice of ceramics provide ample opportunities to examine breakages and keep the mind open to its beauty.
The world is not made up of perfect squares and circles but are instead pitted, broken and weathered. At Sway Gallery, Kaneko will be showing her mended pieces as well as ceramics inspired by wabi-sabi philosophy.
The mended pieces come to represent more than their original selves adding stories. Kaneko believes Wabi-sabi is actually a very simple concept and it’s anything but high brow. You can see it everywhere, on the pavement, on the bark of a tree. It’s a beauty that’s available to all.
After studying design at Central Saint Martins, Reiko started out designing a range of products which she had made around the world but it was the joy of working with ceramicists in The Potteries, and tapping into over two centuries of knowledge in fine bone china production that led her to concentrate on ceramics.
Reiko spent her childhood in Japan and still makes frequent visits. Japan has not only been an inspiration for the elegant simplicity to which she strives, but the key to her appreciation of craft and craftsmanship. Reiko has collaborated with makers in different materials both in England and in Japan. In addition to design work, the company specialises in ceramic glazing and experiments in the studio with new reactive glaze.
SAT 5th October 12:00-18:00
SAT & SUN by appointment (buyers only)
*ALL THE ARTWORKS WILL BE FOR SALE*