Florian Gadsby Exhibition DIVERGENCIES

2018/03/10(sat) - 18(sun)

@ kanoya gallery




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ken Matsuzaki

Florian Gadsby was grown up in a family whose father is a sculptor and mother is a photographer.  He attended Waldorf Steiner School, well known as an education for gifted children, from the age of six.  While studying there for 13 years, he became interested in the pottery.  He received the training from Jack Doherty for two weeks at the Leach Pottery when he was 17 years old.  After the graduation at the age of 19, he attended Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for 2 years, majoring in pottery and design.     
Later, he studied under Lisa Hammond, British potter.  He has now started his own studio after he completed three-year’s apprenticeship.
By the recommendation of Lisa Hammond, a long-time friend of mine, I took Florian as my apprentice for six months.  Since I wanted him to learn Japanese pottery, some of Oribe and Shino, I decided to teach him Oribe-style.
Florian himself gave the subtitle as “DIVERGENCIES” to his exhibition, which means “separation, emanation, spread”.   Something in his mind seems to have gotten moving.
Most of his original work is stoic.  He has not changed his working process up to the throwing in Mashiko;   however, I think Oribe and Shino have inspired him to separation, emanation, and diversity.   I felt to glimpse the wonder of Oribe.    
I look forward to Florian Gadsby’s future work.


"This exhibition is comprised of pots made in both the oribe and shino styles. Techniques I had been told about endlessly by Lisa Hammond through her experiences and now, under Ken Matzusaki’s guidance I spent a wintery month in Mashiko creating pots to be glazed in these two traditional types I’ve heard so much about. They both did quite similar things, the process of applying the glazes reminded me of what it was like being a complete beginner again and in doing so opened up to me new and perhaps overlooked ways of throwing, glazing and even firing. Both have been fascinating to learn about and I’m certain the experience so kindly given will enrich my practice once I return home to the United Kingdom and continue making, I can’t wait."

Florian Gadsby