Ceramic art is an ancient, enduring and vibrant form of creative expression in Japanese culture—a medium created from the fusion of the elements earth, fire, and water. Contemporary ceramic artists in Japan are deeply mindful of the venerable forms and traditions underlying their craft, and their works frequently abound with historical references. At the same time many of these artists boldly bend and stretch artistic conventions to incorporate new forms and ornamental language. Echoes of ceremonial vessels and implements co-exist beside fluid, organic and evocative shapes that push the medium to its most elastic possibilities.
This exhibition presents a choice selection of contemporary Japanese ceramics from one of the most distinguished private collections in America. Seen together, the works demonstrate the creative dynamism and artistic innovation embodied in this most traditional of art forms as practiced by Japanese ceramic artists today.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website