The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition: YAKISHIME / Isezaki Koichiro “drops” 2014. Size: Height 14 cm x Diameter 18 cm (c) Japan Foundation
Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition
YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis
The closing date is extended to Saturday, Nov. 19 (12 pm – 4:30 pm)
The next stop of this traveling exhibition is Chicago in January 2017.
Oct. 18 – Nov. 18, 2016
Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium
YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis, Japan Foundation’s new traveling exhibition, focuses on a ceramic technique, yakishime, firing unglazed ware at high temperatures.
While one of the most basic means of producing ceramics, yakishime has developed in distinctive directions in Japan. This exhibition introduces an aspect of Japanese culture by examining yakishime from the earliest example to contemporary work.
The earliest known yakishime wares date to the 4th or 5th centuries. It was in the 12th through the 17th centuries, however, that this technique became solidly established and used in a substantial part of the production at major ceramic centers in Japan, including Bizen, Shigaraki, and Tokoname.
This exhibition presents functional yakishime wares of two types: utensils used in the tea ceremony, a major influence on the development of Japanese traditional culture, and tablewares that have become an essential part of everyday life in Japan.
YAKISHIME exhibition also presents a wide range of non-utilitarian objects created by contemporary ceramic artists working in yakishime.
Mieko Iwai of the Panasonic Shiodome Museum and artist Tomokazu Hirai contribute the YAKISHIME exhibition.
In Los Angeles venue, “Phase I: The Birth of Yakishime / Yakishime as Tea Wares” will be held from October 18 – 28; and “Phase II: Washoku and Yakishime / Yakishime as Objets d’art (Objects)” will be on view from Nov. 2 -18. Admission free.
Exhibition Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12pm-7pm; Wednesdays & Fridays, 12pm-4pm; Saturdays (10/22), 12pm-4:30pm; Closed on Saturday-Monday, Nov. 1 (Tue) and Nov. 11 (Fri)
The Japan Foundation Los Angeles is located at 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. www.jflalc.org