Ever-renewed traditions nearly a 1000 years in the making.
Natural Lace, 2018, glass, copper leaf foil. Tsukada Midori, Japanese born 1972.
The artist trained as a metalworker. She layered glass and applied copper leaf foil which fused in the kiln.
KUU-62, sheet glass. Ikuta Niyoko, born 1953. Philadelphia Art Museum. Individual sheets of glass glued together with clear glue to refract light.
Non-Calligraphy X, 2007, cast glass. Wang Qin, Chinese born 1978. Philadelphia Art Museum
Fill and Empty 0317, 2017, copper, brass, iron.
Woosun Cheon, Korean born 1976. A complex welding process where the colour derives, in part, from boiling the whole in strong dark tea. Philadelphia Art Museum
Jar, stoneware with natural ash glaze. Inchin Lee, Korean born 1957. Philadelphia Art Museum.
Bizen ware which evolved in Japan.
No Sound C, 1992, stoneware withblack slip. Hayashi Yasuo, Japanese born 1928. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Vessel with blue glaze, 2013. Porcelanous (half porcelain, with cobalt blue gaze) stoneware. Kimura Yoshiro, Japanese born 1946. Philadelphia Art Museum from whose web site this photo.
The artist used a tool to carve a rippling pattern into wet clay. Even the pattern has a name: renmon.
Spindle Vase, c. 2011, stoneware with petalite oak ash glaze. Young Jae Lee, Korean born 1951. Promised gift to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Red Luster, 2008, lacquer. Chung Haecho, Korean born 1945. Philadelphia Art Museum.
The artist achieved this shape through multiple layers of hemp fabric and sumac tree sap (laquer) over a Styrofoam structure later removed.
Disappearing Jar (Kieyuko tsubo), bisque-fired, white glazed stoneware. Yamada Hikaru, Japanese, 1923-2001. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Bowl, 2011. Saeda Makoto, Japanese 1973, porcelain with underglaze blue decoration. Philadelphia Art Museum
A technique developed in China: blue-and-white ware using cobalt pigment imported from the Middle East.
Plate, c. 1985, stoneware with natural ash glaze. Kawabasa Kenji, Japanese born 1948. Philadelphia Art Museum
Bizen-style ware. Bizen being unglazed clay fired at high temperatures with variations in surface texture and patterns coming from swirling ash.
Dango (Rice Cake), 2011, stoneware with overglaze enamel decoration. Kaneko Jun, American born Japan, 1942.
Dish, c. 1981, stoneware (Mashiko ware). Okada Kenzo, Japanese 1948. Philadelphia Art Museum
Vase. c. 2001, glazed porcelain with relief decoration. Shomura Ken, Japanese born 1949. Philadelphia Art Museum.
The artist wants to recall the of indigo dye of fabric.
Bowl, 2005, stoneware with underglaze blue and overglaze enamel decoration. Maeda Masahiro, Japanese born 1948. Philadelphia Art Museum
Vase in the Shape of a Lotus Leaf, c. 1987, porcelain with celadon glaze. Kawase Shinobu, Japanese born 1950. Philadelphia Art Museum.
Vase, 2000, stoneware. Tsujimura Kai, Japanese born 1976. Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum
Sekisoh (Layer upon Layer), 2019, stoneware. Izumita Yukiya, Japanese born 1966. Philadelphia Art Museum
The artist collected salt-rich clay and applied it to a design using folded Japanese paper.
Gourd-shaped water jar (mizusashi), 2011, stoneware with natural ash glaze. Tsujimura Shiro, Hapanese born 1947. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Bowl, 2017, stoneware with platinum metallic glaze. Shiina Isamu, Japanese born 1968. Philadelphia Art Museum
Large jar, stoneware with natural ash glaze. Tsujimura Yui, Japanese born 1951.
The clay is feldspar. The jar was fired on its side during which ash was blown onto it and produced the blue and green abstract pattern. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Vase, stoneware, 1997. Takiguchi Kazuo, Japanese born 1953. Philadelphia Art Museum
Choto (Listening to the Waves Vase), 2005, stoneware with sand glaze. Sakiyama Takayuki, Japanese born 1958. Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum
Frozen Cloud II-5, stoneware with black slip, 2004. Hoshino Satoru, Japanese born 1945. Philadelphia Art Museum