I am currently exhibiting a new boat installation entitled "bon voyage" at The Public Trust Gallery in Dallas, Texas. It's part of am project called SOLILOQUY and it runs from November 14-December 12, 2015. I am really happy with how it turned out and what it is becoming.
I moved back to TEXAS! I'm so exited to see friends and am after 2 years in Japan! We are super lucky to be doing an artist residency at Central Trak in Dallas. I can't wait to see what we make out here :)
My husband Taro and I were recently fortunate enough to visit my friend Hiiro Takauchi's home town of Mashiko, Japan. Hiiro is a ceramics and sculpture artist who's work has a very illustrative quality to it. I love the things she makes. Visiting Mashiko with her guidance was an unbelievably beautiful and inspiring experience.
We got to stay in her family home up on a hill surrounded by rice fields and forest. Hiiro's mom and dad are both artists as well. Her mom makes jewelry and her dad is a ceramicist. He's shown at the Smithsonian and stuff... no biggie. Just kidding HUGE biggie. I was awestruck by the beauty of his ceramics and how we were all just eating and drinking out of them. It was art meets function at its best as we sipped sake out of his one of a kind cups. The shino glaze on them seemed to blush with subtle pinks. It feel so lucky getting to see and work in Hiiro's dad's studio.
A five minute walk down the road from the Takauchi home is their wood fire kiln and showroom. Bundles of wood, tied and ready for kindling the kiln, remain unused. The kiln collapsed during the huge earthquake caused by the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. I found a metal sign Hiiro had made and asked her what the kanji said. She explained that her father had named this kiln "Hyaku Dou Kama" meaning Hundred Children Kiln. This is because the idea of the sound made from a hundred children's voices made him feel happiness. Maybe he heard the voices of his hundreds of ceramic babies in the roaring of the kiln's flames. I thought it was pretty poetic.
Although it was a bit sad to see it broken down, it was an amazing and rare opportunity to see the interior structure. It helped me begin to understand the workings of the Mashiko style wood firing kilns. Little by little the kilns will get cleaned up and rebuilt. Traditions and craft will keep getting passed down and evolving. I am glad I got to get a glimpse of that and hope to return soon to study the ceramics style of Mashiko and incorporate it into my work. Hope to share more of what I see and learn soon. <3 -mylan
If you are interested in seeing Hiiro's dad Shugo Takaguchi working in his studio and firing his HyakuDouKama before it broke I am attaching a short NHK video. :)
Recently I sent some prints and ceramic works I have been making to a shop near and dear to my heart We Are 1976. I am so happy to be able to have work up for sale at one of my favorite spots in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. It is a beautiful welcoming place with so many treasures and surprises. I always felt delighted to visit. I was lucky enough to work there as well, and it was always so much fun. Getting in the new orders felt like Christmas all year round. It was so cool and inspiring to be surrounded by so many nicely designed handmade goods, screen printed posters, and sweet artistic and driven individuals. They were kind enough to do a feature of my ceramics on their blog! click HERE if you want to check it out.
So excited to start off this year making a new website in order to share my artworks and stories with the world! YAY! Hope to launch fully by the 23rd. I'll be doing my best to post adventures and process here on this blog. Here's to new beginnings! And welcome to Maison Mylan :D