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  • Collection: Forging Alliances

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Maruta works in Kuromuta, Saga Prefecture, an area touching the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea that is known for its ceramics. In the nineteenth century, forty workshops produced Kuramata ware. Today Maruta and his son run the last working kiln in…

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Kanjiro Kawai was, along with Shoji Hamada (whose work is displayed in the ceramics gallery), a founder of the mingei (folk art) movement in Japan in the 1920s. He became famous for his glazes, applying innovative colors in ways that capture the…

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This vase is made in a two-part open mold where each side is pressed individually; the two halves are then joined along the corners. The square-bodied form is based on Chinese Song dynasty flower vases adapted for used as a mizusashi, the water…

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Michiaki Kaneshige was the son of Toyo Kaneshige (1896-1967), who is credited with the revival of traditional Bizen ceramic techniques. Named for the province formerly known as Bizen, this ware garners its red-orange hues from the high iron content…

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A self-taught artist, Watanabe’s career began in textile dyeing workshops in the 1930s. When he began making prints after the war, he borrowed elements—particularly the simplified treatment of eyes that connect across the nose—from a Buddhist folk…

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When the jury of an international art fair in Sao Paolo, Brazil, awarded Kiyoshi Saitō first prize for Japanese art at in 1951, the honor recognized the accomplishment of the sōsaku hanga (creative prints) movement in changing perceptions of…

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Mori has been called “The Child of Edo” because of his evocations of old Tokyo, the city known as Edo before 1868. His interests extended to traditional rural architecture as well. This old-fashioned farmhouse looks untouched by the industrial age,…

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Ceramics were integral to the alliances forged between Japan and America through the exchange of art. They symbolized the ideal of a tranquil and natural Japan propagated in the essay "In Praise of Shadows" by the renowned Japanese writer Jun'ichirō…

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Father Blessing his Prodigal Son, with Fox Devil depicts the reunion of the prodigal son and his father, from a parable told by Jesus. In the parable, the younger of two sons asks his father for his inheritance, and then takes his fortune to a…

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Born in Tokyo, Yoshitoshi Mori studied at the Kawabata School of the Fine Arts, where he focused on textile design and dyeing with the use of stencils. He became a leading member of the mingei (folk craft) movement, which celebrated adherence to…
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