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Two Sets of Imari Plates with Vegetable Patterns

Posted in Arita, competition, Imari painting, Iroe, Japanese, Japanese Style, Sometsuke with tags , , , on October 27, 2012 by yumi

Hi, friends!

It’s getting colder here where I live in Japan, and how’s your place?  I love Japanese Autumn and I’m planning on writing about it on my another blog! If you don’t know about my another one, please check it out!

Today I want to show my last piece of “Go for Gold!”. My last one is a Imari plate.

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

I painted  various veggies and tried to create Olympic games for veggies. I hope when you look at the plates, if they seemed to be playing against each other, I would be very happy.

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold, Imary Style, Japanese Style

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

My Imari Plate for Go for Gold

I would like to say,  “Participating in the contests is wonderful. I participated in the Facebook contest and it’s my first time to attend the contest in porcelain in my entire life. I didn’t win, and I wasn’t chosen for the best 6 winners either, but I felt happy feelings a lot form the competition. That’s because I learned a lot through painting following the theme. It’s a really great opportunity for me to improve my creativity and painting skills at the same time. I know painting for the competition is very hard, but we can get something wonderful from the competition! Getting award isn’t the only purpose for the convention. We can improve ourselves as well as a better human. I’d love to attend a lot of competitions from now on as many as I can to improve my painting skills and creativity. I know some day I can become a better painter whom I really would love to become! Attending competition will help me a lot! I hope many people join your competition!”

Thank you so much for taking a look at my competition pieces and thank you so much for leaving a lot of warm comments, my friends! Thanks to you, I’ve been encouraged and can keep my motivation for creating new work.

I learned a lot of things through this Facebook competition, and I really would love to participate in a lot of contests as many as I can from now on to improve my painting skills. My next competition is Thai convention and it’s two weeks from now. I will report about the convention later!

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A Nabeshima Plate for Spring!

Posted in Arita, Imari painting, Iroe, Japanese, Japanese Style, Nabeshima, Sometsuke with tags , , on April 20, 2012 by yumi

Hi, there! How are you doing today? I’m really excited because I will study abroad in America again to take a painting class at the Michigan school.

Tomorrow I will leave Japan and enroll in my dear American friend, Gay’s school. So, this entry is the last entry before I go to America.

I probably won’t be able to update my blog entries for a month.

Today’s entry is a Nabeshima again!

 

Frong View of A Nabeshima Plate for Spring

Front View of A Nabeshima Plate for Spring

 

Front View of A Nabeshima Plate for Spring

Front View of A Nabeshima Plate for Spring

 

 

Rear View of a Nabeshima Plate for Spring

Rear View of a Nabeshima Plate for Spring

 

Rear View of a Nabeshima Plate for Spring

Rear View of a Nabeshima Plate for Spring

 

I will bring this plate to the international Canadian porcelain show. You can see this in my booth! I’m thinking if someone want this, I’d love to sell it.

I will sell some my hand-painted miniatures as well.  I also have two presentations there. I’m not good at speaking in English in public, and it makes me very nervous. However, I really hope I can meet many people there. If you see me, please speak to me!

A Nabeshima Plate For Matt

Posted in Arita, Iroe, Japanese, Japanese Style, Nabeshima, Sometsuke with tags , , on March 27, 2012 by yumi

Hi, there! A bit long time no see!! How have you been? I started to prepare to study abroad in America again! A month from now I will enroll in my dear America friend, Gay’s painting school, the Michigan school! After school, Gay, my other dear friend, Emili and I will go to Canada to join the international porcelain painting show in Canada. I’m so excited! I can meet some my Canadian friends, Gloria, Sol, Pad and so on!!! I also can meet Akiko and Kay again at the Michigan school!!!

Today, I’d love  to show my newest work! It’s a Nabeshima plate. I painted it for my Texan friend. Let me introduce about him. He is one of my English teachers and my conversational partners. I have several good conversational partners and English teachers.  I met him at a language exchange site. He has been learning Japanese. I’ve been teaching him Japanese, in turn, he has been teaching me English. We have been talking on Skype almost every day for two hours for three years, I guess. I’ve never met him in person, but he is one of my closest friends. Since I’ve been learning American English, talking with him is so helpful and effective for me. He is really good at listening to someone’s stories, so I’ve been improving my speaking skills a lot.

He and I can talk about everything. Thinking back on our past conversations, I’ve asked him a lot of embarasseing phrases, expressions and swear words  that relates to sexual expressions that I can’t write down here like kids ask to their parents, lol. Every time he receives some questions from me, he has told me that it’s OK. I can ask anything to him because I’ve been learning English. I have to learn everything in English. I can ask him anything. I really think that he is a really good English teacher. It’s not an important thing for teachers to teach in one way. I really think that it’s also important for teachers to listen to their students stories. He is such a kind of teacher.

Since I wanted to show my appreciate to him, I painted the plate for him. Since I’ve known he is very interested in Japanese culture, I wanted to paint a Japanese plate. I copied it from an old Nabeshima plate. I hope he likes it.

A Front of View of my Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Front Side View of my Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

My Parents’ Matching Cup and Saucer Sets with A “Sometsuke” Syle

Posted in Arita, Imari painting, Japanese, Japanese Style, Sometsuke with tags , , on February 6, 2012 by yumi
Hi, there. Last week I had been very busy to go to Tokyo to take my European class, and I also went to Osaka three times to take my other painting classes. Although I could paint a lot, I couldn’t learn English well.
This week I’m sorta happy because I can focus on studying English more again because I have some free time! I will fly to America next week. So, until I go there, I’d love to improve my conversational skills even just a little bit.Today I’d love to show my newest Imari work. I painted them for my parents. My mom prefers Western style porcelain, on the other hand, my dad prefers a Japanese style.I designed the Imari cup and saucer sets for my parents. I tried to design that they seemed to be antiques. When some of my classmates looked at them, they said that I succeeded the design. They seemed to be antiques for them. When I received the comments from my friends, I was very happy 🙂

Cups with a Imari style for my parents

saucers with a Imari style for my parents

Cups with a Imari painting style for my parents

Cups with a Imari painting style for my parents

Two Matching Cup and Saucer Sets with a Japanese, Imari Painting style

Two Matching Cup and Saucer Sets with a Japanese, Imari Painting style

Two Matching Cup and Saucer Sets with a Japanese, Imari Painting style

Two Matching Cup and Saucer Sets with a Japanese, Imari Painting style

Front View of One of My Parents Japanese Plate with a Imari Painting Style

Front View of One of My Parents Japanese Plate with a Imari Painting Style

I love the “Sometuke” style, underglazed blue porcelain ware.  Sometsuke is a dyeing skill in which motifs are drawn on white porcelain (In my case, I draw on Imari unglazed porcelain.) using paint that includes cobalt to create a vivid indigo color. It was created in China and came to Japan from Korea.

A Simple Pattern is the Best

Posted in Arita, Imari painting, Iroe, Japanese, Japanese Style, Kakiemon, Sometsuke with tags , , , on January 17, 2012 by yumi

I finished firing my Imari plates a couple days ago. I’ve fired my over glazed conditioned Imari plates with 780 degree Celsius. Although I’m Japanese, and I’m used to looking around many Japanese painting, somehow to paint with a Japanese style is the most difficult for me. I guess that’s because most of Japanese styles seem to be very simple, on the other hand they need high painting techniques for painting.

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

My Imari plate with a Takokarakusa pattern

I love the old Japanese pattern, called “takokarakusa” in Japanese. I think we can see the similar pattern all over the word. It is called Arabesque in some European countries and Arabic countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabesque

Although it is very interesting,  I sometimes receive some comments, “Your penwork is beautiful!”.  I haven’t penworked. All my painting except one are with some brushes including this Japanese painting style, an American style and a European style. Since our painting style were accepted to some European countries like German, they’ve changed our style. European painters have painted with our techniques with their pens, but we haven’t. All Japanese painting are painted with some Japanese brushes.

To tell you to the truth, I painted my first Takokarakusa plate with under glaze condition. However, it was broken.

My broken Takokarakusa plate

My broken Takokarakusa plate

I was upset, shocked and disappointed at it a lot at the time. It takes a long time for me to paint the blue Takokarakusa.  Since I started to paint it again, I hope I can show it as soon as possible.

A Nabeshima Plate For My American Mom

Posted in Arita, flower painting, Imari painting, Iroe, Japanese, Japanese Style, Nabeshima, Sometsuke with tags , , , , on December 15, 2011 by yumi

I’d like to show my Nabeshima plate today. I painted it for my American mom! Yes, actually, I have three moms in America!!! I hope she loves it.

As you know, Nabeshima is a part of Imari paint. I copied it from an old Nabeshima. The red flowers are dandelions. I don’t know why they are red.

I will send it to my American mom as one of Christmas gifts. Although I can’t spend Christmas days with her and her family, instead of me, the plate will spend the time with them. I will meet her two months from now in America again! So, I don’t miss her. We can chat on Facetime with our iPads whenever we want. I really look forward to meeting her again next year! Miss you, Gay!

Front View of a Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Painting Style, Imari Plate

Front View of a Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Painting Style, Imari Plate

Front View of A Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

Front View of A Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

Rare view of Nabeshima Plate with A Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

Rear view of Nabeshima Plate with A Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

Rare view of Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

Rear view of Naveshima Plate with a Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

Rear View of A Nabeshima Plate with A Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

Rear View of a Nabeshima Plate with A Japanese Painting Style, Imari Paint

My Kakiemon Plates

Posted in Arita, birds, Imari painting, Iroe, Kakiemon with tags , , , on November 26, 2011 by yumi

I would like to show my Kakiemon today. Kakiemon is a part of Imari painting. Actually, I painted them three years ago. I still have some more Kakiemon that I haven’t shown on my blog entry.
My French friend who paints loves the Kakiemon style. So, I really wanted to show my Kakiemon to her. Since I prefer Sometuke and Nabeshima styles more in Imari painting, I haven’t practiced this style so much. However, I’d like to improve my Kakiemon, and I’d like to give my Kakiemon to my French friend. I’m happy she loves Japanese painting style! I hope she enjoys looking at my Kakiemon!!

Deer and Japanese Maple Leaves On a Kakiemon Plate

Deer and Japanese Maple Leaves On a Kakiemon Plate

Deer On a Kakiemon Plate

Deer On a Kakiemon Plate

Japanese Maple Leaves on A Kakiemon Plate

Japanese Maple Leaves On A Kakiemon Plate

This is my favorite Kakiemon! I love this bird plate. I’m thinking that I’d like to paint this quail with a different design on the other plate!

A Quail on A Kakiemon Plate

A Quail on A Kakiemon Plate

A Quail on A Kakiemon Plate

A Quail on A Kakiemon Plate

A Quail on A Kakiemon Plate

A Quail on A Kakiemon Plate