Gerald Milazzo
Artist's Statement

Sculpture for the Hand is a contemporary school of sculpture with roots in the Japanese art form called netsuke. These small, highly detailed, intimate expressions of a story, concept and/or emotion are best appreciated when held. Form and texture take on new dimensions when the tactile sense is added to the visual experience.

My first experience of this school of art was in 1984. A northern California gallery which exhibited my pottery and ceramic sculpture introduced me to David Carlin and his small sculpture. During the next several years my friendship with David grew and I acquired a small collection of contemporary netsuke.

After much encouragement from David Carlin I finally tried my hand at carving in 1994. I was hooked. This challenging and rewarding medium of expression seems uniquely matched with my creative needs and abilities.

Selected Exhibitions and Galleries

Sculpture for the Hand and Netsuke

2005 Slide presentation and display for Canter Arts Center, Stanford University, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2005 "An Evening of Netsuke", Slide presentation and display, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2005 Robyn Buntin Galleries, Honolulu, HI
2005 International Netsuke Society Convention and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2004 International Netsuke Society Convention and Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
2004 Contemporary Netsuke, The H. I. H. Prince Takamado Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
2003 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, CA
2003 King's Mountain Art Fair, Woodside, CA
2003 Contemporary Netsuke: The HIH Prince Takamado Collection, Salt and Tobacco Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2003 Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA.
2001 Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan.
2001 International Netsuke Society Convention, Boston, MA.
2000 Arts of Pacific Asia, New York, NY
1999 Arts of Pacific Asia, Santa Monica, CA.
1999 International Netsuke Society Convention, Chicago, IL.
1998 Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco, CA.
1997 "Contemporary Netsuke: Miniature Sculpture From Japan and Beyond" Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts, Santa Anna, CA.
1997 SOFA (Sculptural Objects Functional Art) Show, Chicago
1997 Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, CA.
1997 SOFA Show, Miami, FL.
1997 Arts of Pacific Asia, Santa Monica, CA.
1997 International Netsuke Society Convention, Honolulu, HI.
1996 SOFA, Chicago, IL.
1995 International Netsuke Society Convention, New York City.
1995 Arts of Pacific Asia, Santa Monica, CA.
1995-99 Represented by Michael Spindel, Ltd. Private dealer.
1994 Began to carve netsuke.
1993-88 My "blue" period.
Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture
1987-84 Stary-Sheets Gallery, CA.
1986-83 Mendocino Art Center Gallery, Mendocino, CA.
1986-80 MADE in Mendocino Gallery, Hopland, CA. Member, Board of Directors.
1982 Cygnet Gallery, CA.
1981 Merlin's Collection, Mill Valley, CA.
1980 Sundog Gallery, CA.
1979-77 American Crafts Council Pacific States Crafts Fair, San Francisco, CA.
1975 Established pottery studio in Mendocino County, CA.
1974-73 Apprenticed with Richard Roth at Old City Pottery, Sonoma, CA.


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