Noboru Kubo, "ceramic works."
By Lee Bale
Frost melts and runs in calligraphic rivulets along the sides of vessels. Ice crystals catch the morning spark, and a glazed bowl suddenly gleams with iridescence. Fresh shoots and new forms poke heavenward from the sleep of dark, black earth. The eternal cycling and turn of seasons anticipates the newest work by Alberta potter Noboru Kubo. Kubo is a fourth-generation Japanese artist who has long carved out a home and legacy in Edmonton. The unique pressure of bearing this bloodline of tradition and expectation fuses his ceramic work with an exacting sense of discipline, reverence and respect that pays homage to ancestors, yet also wilfully breaks free, exploring original and independent territory. Inspired by his surroundings, Kubo’s clay works claim their genesis from both bamboo and prairie. A show of Kubo’s pottery entitled Genesis II runs May 8 to 22, 2004, at Evergreen Gallery in Spruce Grove. Snowbird Gallery, Edmonton, The Gallery on Main, Lacombe, The Croft, Calgary, and Naikai Gallery on Salt Spring Island also represent Kubo.