Uichiro Oya- a second-generation potter from Echizen, a rural region of central Japan rich in pottery tradition dating to the middle of the 12th century.
Echizen products are made with the highest quality soil from the local region. In the past, Echizen potters used a coiling technique called nejitate; where clay is rolled into long, thin cord-like pieces and then curled up on top of itself to form a basic shape. It was fired in an anagama kiln, which was made by tunneling into the side of a mountain, a method still used today. This pottery is referred to as yakishime, because it is made without the use of any artificial glazes. Echizen pottery today is still made in wood-fired kilns, to keep the tradition alive.
Oya followed in the footsteps of his father. He produces two lines of work, one utilitarian, the other his sculptural figurines. When viewing his work, one is confronted by wide-eyed, smiling, animalistic creatures. “These toy-like figures are created to embody lighthearted warmth,” he said. He feels firing without glaze gives his work natural sequences of color and surfaces. “It gives my work the look as if it was born in nature rather than made by hand.”
The Fairhope Committee on Public Art (COPA) is a committee of the Eastern Shore Art Association, Fairhope, Alabama. Its purpose is to develop and implement a long-range plan to aquire works of art of the highest quality and to make visible Fairhope's long-standing interest in and support of the arts.
The 2007 "ART TAKES FLIGHT", a temporary art installation in Fairhope featuring 72 artistically - decorated pelicans, each sponsored by businesses or individuals, was COPA's most "wildly successful" fundraiser to date.
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The Fairhope Public Art Trail includes these unique pieces funded by COPA and created by distinguished artists from all across the country. Click an image below for more information.
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