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  • Collection: Forging Alliances

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Hagi ceramics are typically formed on a kickwheel from porous clays and finished with colored slips (liquified clay) and glazes. Hagi ware is finished through the firing process in a noborigama, or multi-chambered climbing kiln. The porousness of…

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This unglazed vase, with its darkly earth-toned coloring and metallic texture, is characteristic of Bizen ware. Created by one of the most prominent of modern Bizen potters shortly after he established his own independent kiln in 1965, it embodies a…

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Number 28 from Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. Sekino here depicts the village of Fukuroi, or “pouch-spring,” in Shizuoka Prefecture. Fukuroi and the surrounding areas are known for unbearable summer heat, making this stop on the Tokaido a…

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In 1955 Tsuji built one of the first modern noborigama kilns, a multi-chamber climbing oven that allows pieces to be fired at different temperatures depending on where they are placed. In Tsuji’s wood-firing technique, ash from the wood swirls around…

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Tadashi Nakayama studied oil painting in college in Japan immediately after the war, but dropped out after two years. In the 1960s, he visited Turkey, India, Greece, and then England, where he taught woodblock printing at Bath University. He also…

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Shiro Kasamatsu studied under the painter Kiyokata Kaburagi from a young age. In 1919, after showing in several painting exhibitions, he was approached by the prominent Tokyo art publisher and dealer Shōzaburō Watanabe, who asked him to produce…

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Toshi Yoshida was the eldest son of Hiroshi Yoshida. He studied woodcarving at the Taiheiyo Art School of the Pacific Arts Association, where his father was on the faculty. His art blends his training in a Western style of realism modified by…

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A visit to the village Mashiko, a center for traditional ceramics, inspired Takauchi to leave a career in business to become a potter. He established his own kiln in 1968. Unlike earlier potters in the mingei (folk art) tradition, who adhered to…

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Hiroshi Yoshida made his reputation as an oil painter, following in the footsteps of his father, who taught western painting in the public schools. Between 1899 and 1900, Yoshida traveled to America and Europe to study Western art and to exhibit and…
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