Crafting the Elements:
Ceramic Art of Modern Japan
Exhibition Dates: October 2016 – January 2017
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are deeply mindful of the venerable forms and traditions underlying their craft, and their works frequently abound with historical references.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.
Crafting the Elements is organized in collaboration with an exhibition of contemporary Japanese printmaking at the University of Saint Joseph Art Gallery in West Hartford, Connecticut. It is complemented by a program of lectures and events, free and open to the public.