Beyond Tradition


November 20, 2018 - May 31, 2019

Morino Hiroaki, Japanese, born 1934, Black Rust Flower Vase, about 1985, glazed stoneware; Museum purchase, 1991.785

Ceramic art is an ancient and enduring form of creative expression in Japan. Contemporary Japanese ceramic artists are mindful of this tradition, and their works abound with historical references—the types of clay used, glazes, and techniques. At the same time, many Japanese ceramic artists bend and stretch conventions to create new interpretations, challenging traditional Japanese notions about the ceramic medium.

This exhibition presents more than a dozen contemporary ceramic pieces created by Japanese artists, offering new perspectives on centuries-old traditions.