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Times gone by

By CAROLYN KAIN

Rarely seen in Portugal, the Oriental clock combines the accuracy of a 21st century timepiece inside a Japanese ceramic case.

Simply designed and elegant, a selection of these unusual and decorative clocks is currently on display at Galeria Corte-Real in Paderne.

Using a ceramic process known as ‘raku’ – discovered in 16th century Japan – the lustrous surfaces are crazed with fine designs.

Chojiro, a Japanese master of ceramic art, is credited with developing the technique, working at a time when the Portuguese adventurer, Mendes Pinto, was the first European to set foot in Japan. It was not until the 20th century that experienced potters in the West began to replicate the ‘raku’ process creating ceramics that are reminiscent of their historic Japanese past.

The clocks can be seen alongside a new display of bronze and ceramic horses created by the celebrated British based sculptress, April Young. She will be at the gallery during the weekend of September 29 and 30 when a small entry charge of €2 is being made and donated to the Algarve charity, Riding for the Disabled (RDA).

Signposted from Boliqueime, Ferreiras and Paderne, the gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 11am until 5pm.

Call 912 737 762 for more information.