In January 2015 we organised a porcelain-exhibition in which the Japanese-Czech couple Yasuyo Nishida and Vladimir Groh made their début in our gallery. Before that we had several meetings with them on a number of ceramics manifestations.
Striking at their porcelain is the unconventional design of what in essence can be determined as serial (casted) tableware. This is to be added with a highly original way of decorating the work with use of in water soluble mineral salts (chlorides, sulphites and nitrates) and the application of platinum lustre on parts as ears, feet and other details in this work.
Vladimir Groh(1953) and Yasuyo Nishida(1977) met through intensive contacts that existed between a group of potters from Tokoname in Japan and the Czech porcelain industry, namely through symposia that were organised in Dubi(CZ) and where Vladimir was one who helped organize to invite a lot of foreign artists. Yasuyo studied in Tokyo and was invited to take part in the International Mug Symposium in Dubi in 2001.There first time she met Vladimir and their relation was born, first as a friend of clay and then partners in ceramics than in the merger of their wedding. When Vladimir was invited as a guest professor at the Musashino Art University Tokyo, Yasuyo as also a lector came back to her University.
Vladimir, who studied at a technical university in Czechia is mainly self-taught as potter, he started his career throwing stoneware, later he started to work in porcelain and namely in the technique of porcelain casting. Yasuyo on the contrary, born on the island Kyushu, one of the oldest porcelain areas in Japan, got an academic training in Tokyo as apprentice of renowned potters as Tatsumi Kato and Makoto Komatsu, both Professor at the Musashino Art University at the time.
The goal of Yasuyo and Vladimir became the realization of a joint studio where they could realize their ideas. They concentrated on the production of small series of tableware in porcelain and the realization of unique pieces: species for daily use redesigned into humorous and poetic one-offs. Their method of realization vary, the make use for instance of industrial casted parts such as handles or feet. Some of the shapes were than altered after casting by throwing on the potter wheel, or casted and got added some movement on it when in leather hard to make them less rigid; feet get sometimes a humanlike or animal-shaped form. And their decoration techniques are widened with a refined application of metal salts, a subtle delicacy is obtained by the use of ceramics under glaze pencils. The application of the wax-resist technique that makes shrink the transparent glaze, giving it a look of wetness and the use of platinum lustre on diverse parts , sometimes a hedgehog like surface treatment with porcelain slip contributes to this all.
Vladimir and Yasuyo combine a frequent participation to European ceramics markets and periods of hardwork in their studio with an active participation in and the organising of symposiums everywhere in Europe and Japan.