On Wednesday I visited the Portland Art Museum’s newest exhibit: Hand and Wheel: Contemporary Japanese Clay. Among other things, it contains a small display of porcelain ware in the style called seihakuji. In this work I saw a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum I had not been aware of before. It was like suddenly seeing a flower through the eyes of an insect. There are no pictures of it here because I could not capture its qualities with my camera. It is blue that draws you in, and only lets you emerge when it finds you sufficiently enlightened.
This is an amazing salt-glazed vase by Matsuo Jun:For me, the blue seihakuji served as a wonderful portal into the world of contemporary Japanese ceramic art. And while there is a lot to see in this lovely, small exhibit, I plan to visit again and again for the blue.