Arts preview: Masayuki Miyajima hosts ceramics demonstration

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From the December 5, 2013 edition

It takes a craftsman like Masayuki Miyajima to make us fully appreciate the aesthetics of the utensils that roam our cupboards. He’s an artist of the practical realm, working in ceramics to develop functional pottery. These pieces take on the role of pitchers, bowls, vases and things of the like, but in their simplicity is a great deal of time and history.

Miyajma is not your run-of-the-mill recreational artist; it’s worth mentioning that he's an apprentice of the profound potter Tatsuzo Shimaoka, of the Japanese mingei tradition (a folk art movement in Japan from the early 20th Century).

Some may have already seen Miyajima's exhibition, “Infinite Possibilities,” which has been on display at the Dublin Arts Council for a matter of weeks now, but this weekend he will be bringing those pieces to life during a live, five-hour ceramics demonstration. It’s open-house style, so attendees can take a peek for as long as they want, or create their own before-and-after experience as Miyajima creates.