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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

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"Beauty and Artistry of Great Masters of Modern Ceramics in Japan: Kenkichi Tomimoto, Uichi Shimizu and Kosei Matsui"

THE MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART, HYOGO


By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Staff writer

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Porcelain jar in gold and silver (1956) by Kenkichi Tomimoto THE MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART, HYOGO

Inspired by the British ceramist Bernard Leach, Kenkichi Tomimoto decided to pursue a career as a ceramicist at the beginning of Taisho Era. He was also influenced by Soetsu Yanagi, who spearheaded the Mingei (folk arts) movement, and succeeded in creating a new style of gold and silver embellished pottery called kinginsai. Uichi Shimizu is famous for his use of iron glaze, while Kosei Matsui is an expert of neriage, a technique that requires using a delicate mix of contrasting clays.

All three artisans are designated National Living Treasures and this exhibition showcases 175 of their works; Dec. 15-Feb. 24.

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo; (079) 597-3961; 4 Kondachokamitachikui, Sasayama, Hyogo; Aino Station, JR Fukuchiyama Line. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ¥600. Closed Mon. (except Dec.24, Jan. 14, Feb. 11), Dec.25, Jan. 1, 15, Feb. 12. www.mcart.jp/index.html.

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