Boutique Galerie Kinya Ishikawa

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Boutique Galerie Kinya Ishikawa

Boutique Galerie Kinya Ishikawa
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Canada858 contributions
1001 POTS
Aug 2019
Kinya Ishikawa's yearly ceramics exhibition has become something of a magnet in the Laurentian Mountains, a must-visit if you will, an event that draws thousands of visitors each summer. His exceptional contribution to the world of ceramics and the local community deserves praise and acknowledgment, and we never miss an opportunity to visit whenever possible. In our own way, it allows us to participate in the evolution of Quebec ceramics, which has been nothing less than remarkable. We love the idea of being able to personally meet with many of the participating, local artisans and to choose from an almost infinite number of lovely works on display.

Located in the very heart of Val-David, the setting of the indoor and outdoor exhibition is unique, next to Kinya's home and boutique, surrounded by the Tea house, the Zen garden, the Miniature garden, the novel stacked Boulders and finally, my favorite, the Silica garden, with its atmosphere of peaceful tranquility.
Written August 11, 2019
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Wooster, Ohio207 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Great fun looking at hundreds and hundreds of pottery items of all descriptions, from dozens of potters. Set outdoors, you can just wander around until you find just what you are looking for, from small, inexpensive items, to larger pieces, there should be something for everyone's tastes. Great works at reasonable prices. If you are at all into pottery, dishes, planters, vases, or anything else made of pottery, this is worth a special trip. CAREFUL, though it only runs through part of the summer. Now in it's 3rd decade, and I understand why!
Written August 13, 2018
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Ottawa, Canada35 contributions
1001 pots for real!
Jul 2018 • Friends
This was a day trip from Ottawa for this small group of travelers. We went to Val-David expressly to view the 1001pots exhibition that runs July through to mid-August. I knew there would be pottery on display and that "1001" might be hyperbole, but there were A LOT of pots, and cups, and pitchers... there was a lot of variety. The amount of quality pottery and creations was slightly staggering and very surprising. Unfortunately, I couldn't but EVERYTHING, but I did find a beautiful piece I couldn't live without. This was a lovely discovery - though the exhibition is celebrating its 30th year! I will return next year and spread the word.

There's also a sort of maze/park/water feature and ceramic pieces form part of the walls to the maze structure. That's very interesting and tranquil.

Update: Entry was $3 and you receive a program and a ceramic token so you can regain free entry if you leave the grounds to go for lunch or something.
Written July 9, 2018
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Montreal, Canada697 contributions
Great place for poteries
Apr 2018
Apparently, the owner is an old hippy who settle down in Val David, years ago. Every summer he organizes a festival and show cases multiple artists.
Written May 14, 2018
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Julie Zhu
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
worth to stop by
Aug 2017
we went this garden twice, you should take your time to visit around, have a rest at Zen tea shop, even talk to Mr. Ishikawa if you are lucky enough to see him, Mr. Ishikawa has the passion not only for his art, but for the life...
Written August 14, 2017
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Fred B
Montreal, Canada692 contributions
Kinya just so very special
Jul 2017 • Couples
Yes yes a special oasis for pottery and for Kinya's special vision. Terrific site. Beautiful reflection and impact in his art. Go there? It's important.
Written July 9, 2017
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Toronto, Canada58 contributions
Quiet Mastery Inspires
Mar 2017 • Couples
Climbing up the snow covered walkway we hoped to find some interesting ceramics (I have a thing for clay). The little shop was closed, but a sign directed us up the little hill further to the potter's studio.

Everything was blanketed in snow. The path cut through easily and we entered the calmest, most perfectly organized pottery studio I have ever seen. Mr. Kinya Ishikawa graciously welcomed us, interrupting his work to show us the kiln room and studio room. We immediately got a sense of his prodigious output. He apologized profusely for being busy, but said, "Go and see the garden."

So we followed the wintery path a little further, we went through an opening and easily found the garden (covered in snow of course). This was a garden-as-destination, its magic as evident on our wintry day as if it were July. Mr. Ishikawa has lovingly laboured over many years and created a marriage of the man-made, ordered, geometric to its opposite, the natural, flowing, loose and free. Even with the heavy covering of snow, the bones of this garden hummed. He has created outdoor rooms with rusted iron rebar mesh "walls" and heaps of found-pottery fragments. Reminiscent of shoji screens but completely unique. Open skies are bright as you wander through and around. Order and disorder, man-made and natural, in harmony. Rusted iron, weatherworn branches. A Canada goose gabbled as we passed, letting the roosters and chickens in their wire coop know we were about. We must return in summer to see this in its warm weather clothes of flowering morning glory vines and .....who knows!

It was not really a surprise then to see the mastery of Mr. Ishikawa's ceramics when he let us wander through his shop. Totally ignorant of his importance in the pottery world (creator of the famous 1001 Pots annual festival with 25 years + and thousands of attendees each year) we realized we had stumbled onto something special.

His clay work is a reflection of the man. The dedication, mastery and beauty of his craft, is art and comes through in each piece. Most admirable is his philosophy that he makes pottery to be used by people in the act of sharing. Stoneware is rough, but in Mr. Ishikawa's hands its texture is worked into precise, delicate perfection set off with bold brushstrokes in natural coloured glazes and delicate underglazed motifs. I often find porcelain too cold, but Mr. Ishikawa finds and brings out the warm in that material. He brings opposites together in a way that it is rarely seen in your average pottery piece.

He throws clay and forms it, and decorates it with a precision that only comes from deep talent and years of creating. Most special is the feeling of his work - look closely, and sense the almost meditative, the love of nature, of quiet and glimpse deep wells of passion for the idea of its purpose.

We bought pieces to use, to remember by, and to hold onto the calm of his place and the inspiration that Mr. Ishikawa is, as an artist craftsman and amazing person.
Written March 26, 2017
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Galina H
Val David, Canada11 contributions
An amazing place with a unique proprietor!
Jul 2016 • Friends
Even if you do not come during the well-known 1001 pots that lasts one month during the summer, his boutique is open most of the year. If you can come while there is no snow, his garden are a unique and marvellous experience. Kinya's art is perfect and his inspiration grandiose!
Written March 15, 2017
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Washington DC, DC474 contributions
Unique garden
Aug 2016 • Couples
Unfortunately, we missed a main event here which is an annual exhibition "1001 pots"; and the shop happened to be closed on a day when we came in. But Kinya Ishikawa opened for us his garden. This is a unusual garden of unique design. Space is divided by tall wire cages filled with pieces of broken potteries and overgrown by leafy green plants. You follow a labyrinth of garden rooms. A few benches for meditation on broken potteries of any kind and artistic skills. A special room for a huge boulder which looks as intended for some sacred worship.
Written October 2, 2016
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Canada858 contributions
The wonderful world of Québec ceramics
Aug 2016 • Couples
When visiting the Laurentian Mountains north of the City of Montreal, you will find many lovely boutiques, galleries and artisans shops in the picturesque towns and villages throughout the mountains. This is one of them. An accomplished potter, Kinya has made quite a name for himself in the world of ceramics and we keep going back to his boutique and atelier ever since he made a stunning, deep red coffee service for us way back in the early eighties.

He is also the creative force behind the 1001 POTS Exhibition that runs from beginning July to middle of August each year. But it is much more than an exhibition of pottery and ceramics. It is a place where cultures, nature and art come together, a work in progress and a story of love. Indeed, it would have been difficult for Kinya to find a more serene and bucolic setting to showcase the works of over 100 artists every summer over the past 28 years.

The majestic evergreens, the Silica garden, the stacked Boulders, the Tea House, the enchanting miniature garden and the attention to detail all contribute to an unequalled and peaceful atmosphere that has to be one of the highlights of the Laurentian summer season. The exhibition, located in the heart of picturesque Laurentian town Val David, is said to be the largest annual pottery show and sale in North America, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Workshops and various demonstrations are part of the daily activities, allowing visitors to discover the wonderful world of Québec ceramics.

Thousands of works of mostly local artisans are on display in a multitude of styles and formats. With prices ranging from $ 10 to $ 2000, it is easy to find something that fits the budget. Artists are present on a rotating basis and if you are lucky, you will be able to enjoy a musical interlude in the Silica garden, as we did when we visited this year. The entrance fee is $ 2.00/person.

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Written August 31, 2016
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