The Ashes Still Speak

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After the fire completely consumed his family’s house in the Oakland, CA area the only thing that remained were their white porcelain pots. During a brief phone interview Tsuruta shared that his Japanese family had specific uses for their pots depending on what the meal was.

Takemi Tsuruta remembers that the glaze on these porcelain dishes were still fully intact, despite temperatures exceeding 2000°F while burning his family’s house to the ground. In their household, their white porcelain dishes were used for spaghetti dinners and were the only items that survived the catastrophe. This stuck with Tsuruta throughout his educational years.

And even though at the time Takemi was just in junior high school, this experience formed a lasting artistic influence in his work even today.

Takemi’s work has been described as “a perfect blend of artful & practical,” “essential”, “striking”, “beautiful both empty & full”, “edgy & modern” just to reference a few of his clients’ remarks.

I personally find Tsuruta’s work refreshing in its simplicity, care and sleekness in a world that seems to lust over hyper complex approaches and developments to art, business, technology, and life. To be in the presence of such work is tranquilizing and certainly relaxing.

If you never thought a set of porcelain cups could be akin to sitting on a cool beach void of people, technology, and the hustle & bustle of the rat race, I invite you then into the artwork of Takemi Tsuruta where it is one of his design elements.

Takemi currently practices his craft in the San Francisco area of Clayton, California and can be found on Instagram via @tsurutastudio.

*For purchase & pricing information, please visit the online shop. Shipping is free.

*Work is fired to cone 11-12 and is dinnerware safe.

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Enrolling for June Pottery Classes!

Stop by during the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival here in Humboldt running all week long and check out some handmade pottery, paintings, and jewelry!

ALSO currently enrolling for the June pottery classes!

Check out the site for class details:

Pottery Classes

Our address is 1319 E Main St, Humboldt, TN 38343

New Coffee Mugs Hitting The Shelves This Week

Do you prefer a one-finger or two/three-finger handled coffee mug?
A couple have just been uploaded to the online shop and more to follow in the next couple of days!
Come learn how to make your own by joining us in pottery class!

Bonsai Pots

Getting some custom bonsai pots made today in the studio between pottery classes and firing kilns.

It’s been SUPER busy around here just running the day-to-day not including building renovations too!

Stop in next time you’re in downtown Humboldt to see some student work made during this last pottery class in Humboldt, TN!

#facebookdown, But We’re Not

#facebookdown

Facebook, Instagram and its other platforms may still be down, but we’re not! What would you do if ALL social media platforms collapsed?!

Think about it.

It is possible.

One thing you could learn to do is a craft! And biased as I am, I would recommend one of the longest running crafts in human history, pottery!

Check out our Pottery Class page for details. Learning a craft can keep you sane in a social media absent world.

Pottery Classes !!!

Our March/April pottery class is currently open for enrollment!

Course Schedule
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (March 3/23, 3/30, April 6, 4/13, 4/20 No Class for Easter Break, 4/27)

Description
Classes will meet once per week for 5 weeks. Each class is 2.5 hours per session. Classes are designed for introductory level students, but accommodations will be made for those who have taken previous courses and wish to develop their skills. Students will also have access to the studio outside of class time to practice on their own as much as they would like.

Students will learn the basics of both hand-building pottery methods as well as using the potter’s wheel. The 5th and final week of class, students will also be introduced to glazing their pottery.

**To reserve your space, full payment must be made. In the event a student is unable to come to class after registering and needs to withdrawal, student will be subject to a $50 fee if the space cannot be filled. Checks can be made out to: Rob Alsobrook. Credit Card payments can also be arranged upon request via Apple Pay or Pay Pal subject to a transaction fee by
vendor.

To enroll or for more questions about pottery classes contact Rob at 731-388-7278, and texting is fine too.

March’s Feature Artist

Garrett Jackson is an award winning artist and photographer based in Melissa, Texas, which is North of Plano and Dallas. Jackson’s abstract acrylic paintings  capture the climax of a motion or movement and stop it in its tracks for us to experience at our own pace and enjoyment.

Their layers and composition work perfectly together to establish dynamic and visually stimulating works perfect for the home or workplace.

Contact Alsobrook Art Supply at info@alsobrookart.supply for details and prices on these beautiful works!

Proceeds from each sale contribute towards cultural exchange efforts in Northeast Asia

“Ink #004”

“Purple Flight”. 12″x 24″

“Sunrise”. framed, 14″x 11″

“Pour Me Blue”.  10″x 10″

“Floating Ink”.  11″x 14″.  (print on wood frame)

*Follow Garrett Jackson on Instagram! @jacksonsartstudio

www.jacksonartstudio.com