DESIGN PLAN (FACE) 1977 BY KAZUO YAGI, JAPAN. BLACK-FIRED EARTHENWARE, 28.5 X 18.0 X 18.5 CM. COLLECTION NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY, GIFT OF MEMBERS OF THE SODEISHA GROUP 1981 – TAASA Review December 2011
Newcastle Art Gallery has an important collection of Sodeisha ceramics, in which Yagi’s Design Plan (Face) is a central work.
The collection was gifted to the Gallery by the Sodeisha Group after completing a national tour in 1979, and forms part of the most significant 20th century Japanese ceramic collection in Australia. Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979), the son of a first generation potter who had come to Kyoto from Osaka, founded the Sodeisha group together with four other young ceramic artists in 1948.
Under Yagi’s confident direction, the Sodeisha members worked steadily to develop a set of guiding principles, weaning their work step by step away from prevailing conventions of Japanese ceramic taste'...