Sculpture & Ceramics
WELCOME TO TAROSAKA STUDIOS AND RESIDENCE
It is my distinct pleasure to present the German artist Gerd Knapper who has been living in Mashiko for 6 years and in Daigo for 20 years and has been strongly influenced by the country and in turn strongly influenced pottery in Japan. Ever since Knapper built his own climbing kiln (noborigama) and established his Tarosaka studios in Daigo, where he came into his own and where he built his fabulous and world famous Japanese manor, he has succeeded in combining the Japanese style with the technical expertise brought to Japan from his native Germany.
Knapper has done what no western ceramist had accomplished before him. He not only won both the prestigious Minister of Education Award and the no less prestigious Prime Ministers Award, but he followed his distinctly individual vision and still was enormously successful with the Japanese public.
Knäppers art reflects his affinity for nature. Shells and flowers arc among his recurring forms. He demonstrates respect for the achievements of Japanese potters, yet he is only Knäpper the artist, who cannot be claimed by a country or a style. I hope the presentation of this important artists work by Wako forms a bridge uniting the creativities of two geographically distant but in many respects kindred nations. I wish Gerd Knappers exhibition and its organizers the success they so amply deserve.
Dr. Heinrich-D. Dieckmann
Ambassador of the Federal Republic Germany
Tokyo, October 12.1995
Address: GERD KNÄPPER Tarosaka Studios
1222 Hanawa, Daigo-town, Kuji-gun,
Ibaraki 319-3537 JAPAN
Tel: +81-29572-2011, Fax:+81-29572-9005
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