Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection
January 24 through April 23, 2017
Nature, Tradition and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection provides a dynamic survey of the diverse and innovative practices of ceramic making in Japan—from exquisite flower vases and serene tea bowls to whimsical candle holders and robust platters—revealing the earthly beauty of Japanese ceramics. Featuring more than 40 exceptional contemporary Japanese ceramists profoundly inspired by the natural world, this exhibition showcases ceramic objects of unsurpassed beauty made for everyday use. The 62 ceramic works chosen are closely associated with Japan’s historical pottery centers, and reinterpret traditional methods in a modern context. In addition to the ceramic vessels, 13 digital photographs taken by photographer Taijiro Ito poetically highlight the almost spiritual link between ceramic making and nature.
Nature Tradition and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection was developed by Mingei International Museum, San Diego, tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
Locally sponsored by Doug Lowe, Dawn and Adam Schloss, and Oakworth Capital Bank.
Tetsuya Ishiyama, Lidded Water Vessel, n.d., Stoneware with natural-ash glaze, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Tim Siegert