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.
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.
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.
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.