Nichols House Museum Lecture: Contemporary Japanese Sculptural Ceramics: An Explosion of Creativity
September 22, 2010
Our image of Japanese ceramics is likely functional ware. Less commonly known is the explosion of creativity in ceramic sculpture that has energized Japan’s ceramic world over the last 60 years. The seeds of this creative revolution were planted by young ceramic artists in Kyoto who started making abstract, sculptural ceramics and, in 1948, organized themselves in a group they named S?deisha, which literally means “crawling through mud.” Halsey and Alice North will bring alive the stories of the S?deisha artists and those they influenced based on the Norths’ research and personal friendships with many of the artists. The Norths will discuss the factors that created an enthusiastic appetite and market in Japan for the work of these artists. The Norths will highlight innovative works, with diversity of textures, techniques, and forms. They have collected the work of contemporary Japanese ceramic artists since their first visit to Japan together in 1986 to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. Between 1989 and 1999, they produced and coordinated four ceramic tours to Japan. They have lectured on contemporary Japanese ceramics at the MFA Boston, New York University, Japan Society of New York City, Oregon's Portland Art Museum, and Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Art Center. Professionally, they work together, assisting non-profit performing arts centers and theaters across the country. This lecture is followed by a reception. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call the Nichols House Museum at 617.227.6993 for further information.