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exhibition 2012

Michael Posner & Ilkun Chun
Stoneware and Porcelain

20th October - 29th October 2012
at the Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire

ILKUN CHUN or ZENZAN in Japanese was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1947. From 1966 to 1971, he studied drawing at Osaka City Institute of Art. He visited various pottery workshops in 1974, then started making his potteries from 1975. He had his first exhibition at Hirakata civic hall, Hirakata in 1980. He moved to Ichishi, Mie in 1988, where he built his own house, pottery workshop, and three kilns by himself. He has had more than
100 exhibitions at various places, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto,
Nagoya, and Korea. He passed away in November 2011 due to a sudden heart attack.

MICHAEL POSNER is a chemical technologist by training - a chemist among engineers and an engineer among chemists!! He spent 30 years in the food industry in various functions followed by 10 years in UNICEF. He has lived and worked in the UK, Israel, New Zealand, Denmark, Holland and the US. Taking early retirement he return to London in 1994. Michael enrolled on a five day pottery course and never looked back. He has studied with Dan Kelly & Jonathan Switzman in Citi Lit; Pamela Leung & Kenny Menczer in Kingsway College and has attended workshops with Phil Rogers, David Leach and Ken Matsuzaki. He works full time as a potter first at Dartmouth Park Parkway in Archway and since 2008 has had a studio in the Manor Farm Site in Ruislip.

He has an abiding interest in Oil Spot glazes which , on a visit to Japan he first saw Oil Spot at a pottery in Toki. Michael was taken with this astonishingly beautiful glaze which is one of a array of iron based glazes which are highly prized in Japan.

Michael through the generosity of the Shigaraki potter Hozan Tani was accepted as a member of his pottery. He was accepted to study Oil Spot glazing in the Shigaraki Ceramic Research Institute, with its director Dr Takai one of three Japanese leading experts on the glaze. Michael has visited Japan on three more occasions including one visit for an extended study period at the Institute.

TEABOWLS (OILSPOT) MICHAEL POSNER HERE
POTS BY MICHEAL POSNER HERE

POTS BY ILKUN CHUN HERE

Michael Posner Ilkun Chun (Zenzan)
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