Lynn Richardson

 

Artist's Statement

 

Born on August 28, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, Lynn Richardson is an artist residing in Santa Barbara, California, who carves netsuke and ojime in the Katabori style, using porcelain from Arita, Japan. The pieces are fired to 2400o f. using glazes and underglazes for a variety of effects. Lynn graduated from San Jose State College in 1965 with a B.A. in Art Education.  She is well known for her intricate pen and ink, water colored illustrations and graphic artwork used in advertising and for private commissions.  She was drawn to carving porcelain after observing her late husband, Armin Müller, and their friend, David Carlin carve netsuke together in Armin’s studio.  Greatly encouraged to continue carving by Miriam and Robert Kinsey, Anne and Malcolm McHenry, Virginia Atchley and other collectors, she very much enjoys the quiet, but intense process of turning a tiny ball of raw clay into a small, beautiful, functional object.  "I find carving similar to the process of my drawings in execution and design, with the added surprises that working in three dimensions can bring".

 

People are often curious about the amount of time that is spent making netsuke.  Because carved porcelain is extremely fragile before firing, just deciding where to put one’s fingers to hold the piece for carving is serious business.  On average, the carving alone can take thirty to one hundred and seventy-five hours per piece, depending upon its complexity.  Both the difficulty and the challenge are in working from a single piece of clay, adding nothing and taking away only what is unwanted.  Glazing is done after the first (bisque) firing and can take up to eleven additional hours.  After the glaze firing, the piece may be over-glazed and fired again, or in some cases…eight to twelve more times.  Occasionally the pieces do not survive the kiln and will not be offered for sale.  Since the passing of Armin Müller in 2000, Richardson is one of only two carvers known to continue carving solely in porcelain.

 

 

Selected Exhibitions:

 

2010              Adornment in Clay: Ceramic Netsuke from The Richard R. Silverman collection”,
            Toledo Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Toledo, OH

 

                Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan

 

                 Westmont College, Japanese Family Festival, a Celebration of Arts and Culture, display,
            Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

2009               Miniature Art in the Palm of Your Hand, Contemporary Netsuke from The Price and Kinsey

                    Collections, Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.

 

                  Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan

 

                 Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan

 

2008               The Armin Müller collection, Santa Barbara Arts, Santa Barbara, CA

         

                         Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, slide presentation and display, Santa Barbara, CA

2007 Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
"Contemporary Netsuke, Masterful Miniatures" Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, New York
2006 Westmont College, Presentation for graduating art students, Santa Barbara, CA

Lecture, slide presentation and display, International Netsuke Society, Los Angeles Chapter, Santa Monica, CA

Robyn Buntin of Honolulu (ongoing representation)
Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
2005 Westmont College, Presentation for graduating art students, Santa Barbara, CA
Slide presentation and display for Canter Arts Center, Stanford University, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
"An Evening of Netsuke", Slide presentation and display, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
International Netsuke Society Convention and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2004 Los Angeles Asian and Tribal Arts, Santa Monica, CA
Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
International Netsuke Society Convention and Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
Westmont College, "American Masters in Clay: An Invitational" Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Contemporary Netsuke, The H. I. H. Prince Takamado Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Mingle Oriental Antiques, (ongoing representation), Santa Barbara, CA
Takahara Asian Art, (ongoing representation), Santa Barbara, CA
2003 Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition, Tobacco & Salt Museum, Featuring the collection of H. I. H. Prince Takamado and collections of Robert O. Kinsey, Joe and Etsuko Price, Charles and Hollis Kinsey and Joel Silver, Tokyo Japan.
Contemporary Netsuke, The H. I. H. Prince Takamado Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Lecture, Slide presentation and display, Ventura Potters' Guild, Ventura, CA
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, CA

King's Mountain Art Fair, Woodside, CA

2002 Westmont College Exhibition, "In Memorium: The Ceramic Works of Armin Muller, 1932-2000" Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition..Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
2001 International Netsuke Society Convention, Exhibition..Boston, MA
  Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition..Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
2000 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Demonstration and Talk, Santa Barbara, CA
  Crocker Art Museum, "Form and Spirit"..Sacramento, CA
  Santa Barbara Sculptors' Guild Exhibition & Lecture..Santa Barbara, CA
  Westmont College exhibition "The Apple Show," Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition..Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
1999 Westmont College Exhibition "Un Ange Passe" Reynolds Gallery..Santa Barbara, CA
  Kingsley Art Club Exhibition & Lecture..Sacramento, CA
  International Netsuke Society Convention and Exhibit, Lecture and Workshop..Chicago, IL
  Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition..Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
  Westmont College Exhibition "Art of Dining" Show..Reynolds Gallery..Santa Barbara, CA
  Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary Club..Presentation and Lecture..Santa Barbara, CA
1998 International Netsuke Society, S.F. Chapter, Exhibit & Presentation..San Francisco, CA
  Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition..Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
  Westmont College Exhibition..Reynolds Gallery..Santa Barbara, CA
  "Women in Arts, Japanese Inspiration"..Iwasawa Oriental Art Gallery..Los Gatos, CA
1997 East Asian Museum "110 Netsuke from the Collection of H.I.H., Prince Norihito Takamado"..Berlin, Germany
  International Netsuke Society Convention, Exhibition..Honolulu, HI
  Bowers Museum of Cultural Art "Contemporary Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture from Japan and Beyond"..Santa Ana, CA
  Contemporary Netsuke Exhibition..Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
  Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Show..Miami, FL
  International Netsuke Society, Japan chapter, Exhibit and Presentation..Tokyo, Japan
1996 Westmont College Exhibition..Reynolds Gallery..Santa Barbara, CA
  Honeychurch Antiques "Three Friends of Winter" Exhibition..Seattle, WA
1995 Arts of Pacific Asia Show..Santa Monica, CA
  International Netsuke Society Convention, Exhibit and Lecture..New York, NY
  University of California at Santa Barbara Art Museum..Santa Barbara, CA
  Westmont College Exhibition "Inro en Suites by Armin Muller and Lynn Richardson".. Reynolds Gallery..Santa Barbara, CA
1994 Westmont College Exhibition/Video Presentation..Reynolds Gallery..Santa Barbara, CA
  Arts of Pacific Asia Show..Santa Monica, CA
  Paris Edo Netsuke Convention..Paris, France
1993 Miami Beach Antiques Show..Miami Beach, FL
  Arts of Pacific Asia Show..Santa Monica, CA
  International Netsuke Society Convention & Exhibit, Lecture and Presentation..Chicago, IL
1992 International Netsuke Society Exhibition, Video Presentation & Slide Lecture.. Los Angeles Chapter..Santa Monica, CA
1991 International Netsuke Society Convention & Exhibit..San Francisco, CA
   

Publications and Reviews

Adameck, Ted Arts of Asia Magazine, 1994 "Armin Muller" Ceramics Monthly, May, 2002

Burns, Melinda; "Renowned Ceramist" Santa Barbara News Press, June 9, 2000

Chittock, Courtney, "Little Pieces of the Past" CASA Santa Barbara Real Estate Weekly, November 25, 1996

Comar, Vanessa, "Art of the Apple" Santa Barbara Independent, 2000

Crowder, Joan, "Angels Take Flight, Yet Again" Santa Barbara News Press, December, 1999

Crowder, Joan, "Armin Muller's World of Ceramics" Santa Barbara News Press, January, 2002

Darling, Michael, "Up Close and Personal: Discreet Porcelain Objects" Santa Barbara News Press, December, 1995

Foster, William K., "Artists in Residence" Montecito Journal, 2000

Kinsey, Robert O., "Ojime Epilogue" Netsuke Kenkyukai Society Study Journal, 1993

Kinsey, Robert O., "Mastering Matchless Materials" Netsuke Kenkyukai Society Study Journal, 1994

Lovelace, Joyce, "Contemporary Netsuke" American Crafts Magazine, June-July 2000

Miller, Dales S., "Contemporary Netsuke, Three Female Artists in a Male Carvers' World" Arts of Asia Magazine, July-August, 1998

Muller, Armin, and Richardson, Lynn, "Carving Netsuke in the Late 20th Century" International Netsuke Society Journal, Volume 17, Number 2, Summer, 1997

"Porcelain-the Forgotten Material" Daruma Japanese Art and Antiques Magazine, Winter, 1998

"Rare Art Form to be Displayed" Montecito Life, March, 1994

Saylor, Zamira, "Two Artists Keep Ancient Japanese Art Alive" Santa Barbara Independent, April 7, 1994

Saylor, Zamira, "Darlings of Detail, Inro en Suites, by Lynn Richardson and Armin Muller Santa Barbara Independent, January, 1996

Walden-Schertz, Jeremy, "In Memoriam, Armin Muller, 1932-2000 Santa Barbara Independent, June 15, 2000

Walker, Marina, "Greater than the Parts" (Picturing Poetry: 4 Exhibitions in the Japanese Tradition) Santa Barbara News Press, December, 1995

Catalogs, CD ROMs, Videos and Television

2002

Website: www.sculpture-intense.com
2001 Home and Garden Television, Carol Duvall Show, Interview, Demonstration, Exhibit
Contemporary Netsuke, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
2000 Contemporary Netsuke, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
1999 Muller and Richardson, "Design and Creation of a Porcelain Inro Ensemble" (71 minute video)
Contemporary Netsuke, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
1998 Contemporary Netsuke, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
1997 Contemporary Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture from Japan and Beyond Robert and Miriam Kinsey
Contemporary Netsuke, Takashimaya, Yokohama, Japan
1993 Contemporary Netsuke, Michael Spindel
Richardson, Lynn, "Carving a Ceramic Inro, Netsuke and Ojime: Eggplant" (50 minute Video)
Richardson, Lynn, "Carving a Ceramic Inro, Netsuke and Ojime: Pond" (27 minute Video)
1992 Contemporary Netsuke, Michael Spindel
1991 Contemporary Netsuke, Michael Spindel

 

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