The Next Tanners Antiques and Crafts Show is 
February 16th and 17th
At the Reno Livestock Events Center
January 2019
Satsuma earthenware dates to the 1590s, when master Korean potters established kilns in Kyushu, in southern Japan. Initially, they crafted small, simple water jars, incense boxes, and tea ceremony components from dark clay. After the discovery of local cream-colored clay, however, these pieces featured floral or geometric designs with soft yellow glazing.
From the late 1700s, these potters, influenced by the rising popularity of Imari porcelain, produced overglaze vessels featuring delicate, hand-painted, multicolor enamel brocade and floral patterns embellished with liquid gold. Final firings, resulting in differing cooling rates between their bodies and glazes, created their characteristic mellow yellow, minutely crackled glaze.

After centuries of self-imposed isolation, the “Enlightened” Meiji emperor (1867-1912) not only embraced modernization, but also promoted exports by showcasing Japanese arts at European international exhibitions. After introducing exquisitely detailed Satsuma bowls and massive vases at the Paris International Exhibition of 1867, their wares were displayed worldwide, from Vienna and Hamburg to St. Petersburg and Chicago. Their exotic charm and beauty created a sensation.

As the Satsuma craze spread, Japanese artists worked feverishly to create pieces expressly for export. Satsuma-style workshops, employing numerous potters and painters under the auspices of kiln masters, soon spread from Kyushu to Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama and Tokyo. Their varied clays, pigments, glazes and methods resulted in a wide range of colors and crackles. Moreover, many craftsmen hastily painted designs on blank, glazed stoneware. Yet to Westerners, all “Satsuma,” whatever their origins, evoked the romance and splendor of the East. Unfortunately, as production increased, previously consistent standards of quality gave way to shoddy workmanship, overly ornate designs, and lack of artistic creativity. By the mid-1880s, sales of such mass-produced Satsuma had diminished.

All the while, select kiln masters continued creating traditional Satsuma – hand-painted masterpieces featuring restrained, well balanced designs and time-honored themes edged by rich, repetitive borders.
Many examples, reflecting the national love of nature, depict harmonious landscapes embellished with beloved crane, butterfly, cherry blossom, peony, or chrysanthemum motifs. Others, depicting festivals and processions, feature geishas with parasols, scholars studying scrolls, children flying kites, or musicians performing. These were portrayed with minute brushstrokes— perhaps even slender rats’ hairs, their facial expressions, amazingly, reflect the full range of human emotions. In fact, say historians, some resemble notables of the time.

A number of master painters, likely courting fame or fortune, signed their creations. Others cleverly worked their names, or the names of their studios, into elements of their artwork. In this way, Hozan, Seikozan, Kikozan and Ryozan, for example, became known for their characteristic techniques, subject manner, styles, and harmony between form and design.
Serious Satsuma collectors often seek work by Yabu Meizan, whose masterpieces earned extensive recognition at international ceramic exhibitions and world fairs. Many feature exquisitely detailed images of everyday activities like potters, swordsmiths, fan makers and paper makers at work. Scores depict natural motifs, like maple branches or dragonflies darting among morning glories, against simple, creamy grounds.

Other enthusiasts pursue small, rare works by Nakamura Baikei. These embody not only a skillful use of color, but also expressive brushwork and motifs ranging from amusing to martial. They also feature expansive inscriptions extolling his own incomparable artistic skills.

Rare Satsuma, reflecting superior artwork and detail, pleasing proportions, and unusual subject matter as executed by master craftsmen, are the most desirable of all. In addition to their characteristic fine-crackled glaze, these splendors often incorporate delicate dots and strands of liquid gold applied with the tiniest tips of tiniest brushes. Amid the tasteful elegance, they shimmer.


 Well, another year has gone by already!
Happy new Year!
2019 promises to be an interesting year with a lot of changes for the Tanners Marketplace shows.
As you probably have heard by now the city is tearing down the Livestock Events Center we have been using for the shows. We still get to use it for the February show but after that we have to find a new home. For 2019 at least that means the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, South of town.
They promise me that we still get to have free parking.
Our first show at the big Convention Center will be the May 11th and 12th show. I will post on Facebook and the website as I know more.
The February 16th and 17th Antique and Craft Show will be at the Reno Livestock Events Center. 1350 N. Wells Ave.
Starting with the May show we will be moving to the big Reno-Sparks Convention Center. 4590 S Virginia St, Reno
May 11th and 12th
July 27th and 28th 
Sept 21st and 22nd
November 23rd and 24th
Magic of Santa Craft Faire Dec. 15,16 Tentative
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Reno City Business License - Should you get one?
A Reno business license is required to participate in any shows in Reno. Currently if you don't have a Reno business license you pay $20 for the temporary license per show. If you do more than 3 shows a year you can actually save money by getting a regular Reno Business License.
A Reno license costs $85 for the first year and then $65 renewal for the following years.  
Licenses are available at the business license office in the Reno City Hall building (the big black building downtown) Park in the Eldorado garage and they have a walkway on the 2nd floor that goes right into the business license office.
You will also need to get a Nevada State business license and I'm not sure what the cost of that is. There is a link in the Reno Portal. 
You will need to do the math and see if it makes sense for you. :-)