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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.

 

Sponsors

Sponsored by Doug Lowe, Dawn and Adam Schloss, and Oakworth Capital Bank.

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Catalogue

Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection

Publication Date: 2016
96 pages
$12.95 plus tax
This book celebrates more than 40 contemporary Japanese ceramists who are inspired by the natural world. Mountains, waterfalls, ocean shores, and bamboo groves are depicted in a rich variety of forms comprising 62 ceramic works—from exquisite flower vases and serene tea bowls to whimsical sake cups and robust platters—revealing the earthly beauty of Japanese ceramics. Select pieces are paired with digital photographs, taken by photographer Taijiro Ito, that highlight their poetic connection to nature. Foreword by Robert Yellin, Japanese Ceramics Specialist, an essay by Meher McArthur, and commentary by Gordon Brodfuehrer.

Installation

 

Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts