Chariots on Fire introduces:
Alchemist-potter Tenshin Juba creates modern earthenware and stoneware from his home-studio in the lush mountain hill-side of Kobe, Japan. It is terrain Juba has explored since childhood: densely green in summer, and thick with towering bamboo and moss-laden pine; by winter, the earth occluded from view beneath layered snowfall.
Here, Juba creates in rhythmic manner—his sourcing of raw materials facilitated by the cycles of his natural world; it is the artist’s intention to let the laws of nature prevail.
A combination of organic materials, such as rice straws and chestnut husks, are paired with ‘low-tech’ methods to catalyze a variety of results: smooth, glassy finishes and saturated, inky blue-black, deep caramel, or naturally-occurring platinum tones.
The addition of richly-mineralized water, for which Juba’s area is known, dilutes pigment-infused clay, transforming it into liquid ‘slip,’ a substance with which the artist paints upon the surface of his forms. Pure, kinetic gestures define Juba’s hand-poured mode of expression. A rake-like instrument of bound pine-needles pulls through liquid slip to offer a more intricate, pattern-like effect.
As a final process, the artist selects from his hand-constructed kilns: whether the more controlled environment of the electric, or a wild, 10-metre wide high-fire kiln, designed specifically to accommodate Juba’s larger-scaled pieces. Once the pieces are placed in the kiln, the workings of chemistry take over.
—Venice, California, May 2019
Chariots on Fire exclusively represents Juba Tenshin in the USA.