Breaking the Ceiling: Japanese Women in Clay

Opening Reception: December 7th 3 - 5pm

Artist Talk: December 8th 2019 at Concord Academy with guests Maya Nishi and Louise Cort

December 7 – 28, 2019

Ikuko Ando
Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN6

Stoneware

8.27h x 15.35w x 9.80d in

IA006

SOLD

 

Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN5

Stoneware

5.12h x 9.57w x 10.43d in

IA005

$ 800.00

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Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN7

Stoneware

8.23h x 8.39w x 8.15d in

IA007

$ 975.00

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Eri Dewa
Eri Dewa

Eri Dewa

Forest #1

Porcelain

6.89h x 6.69w x 6.69d in

ED001

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Eri Dewa

Eri Dewa

Forest #2

Porcelain

6.69h x 6.69w x 6.69d in

ED002

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Kiyoko Morioka
Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Vase, 2019

Porcelain

11.81h x 8.27w in

KMO007

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Teapot, 2019

Porcelain

4.13h x 4.13w in

KMO001

SOLD

Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Lidded Cup with Saucer, 2019

Porcelain

3.54h x 3.94w in

KMO004

SOLD

Aya Murata
Aya Murata

Aya Murata

In Bloom #1

5.12h x 7.87w x 5.51d in

AM001

$ 1,750.00

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Aya Murata

Aya Murata

In Bloom #3

6.50h x 11.02w x 9.84d in

AM003

$ 2,600.00

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Aya Murata

Aya Murata

In Bloom #2

6.89h x 12.60w x 10.83d in

AM002

$ 2,800.00

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Hiroko Nakazato
Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Opal Plant #2, 2018

Stoneware

18.50h x 8.66w x 10.63d in

HNA005

$ 1,900.00

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Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Opal Plant #1, 2019

Stoneware

7.48h x 6.69w x 6.69d in

HNA002

Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Flower Bowl #2, 2019

Stoneware

7.87h x 5.12w x 6.30d in

HNA003

$ 750.00

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Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Flower Patterns, Set of Three, 2011

Stoneware

HNA004

$ 3,000.00

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Lacoste Keane Gallery

Press Release

Essay by Maya Nishi and Louise Cort

At the beginning

Within the traditional world of ceramics in Japan lies a history of the various prohibitions women have encountered. At the same time, the truth of the essential roles women played within the world of traditional Japanese ceramics—said to be a society of men—when that world centered in households making pottery is becoming widely recognized.

Beginning in the 1950s, pioneer women artists began to assert their places within the flow of contemporary ceramics. Araki Takako (1921–2004), Mishima Kimiyo (1932–), Tsuboi Asuka (1932–) and others opened the way by pursuing their thirst to create and their undaunted determination to carry on.

Freely and flexibly

Those women of the pioneer generation and the women makers of a younger generation share in common a gentle spirit, free expression, and superb technique. Yet one major change is apparent. Compared to the women of the pioneer generation, with their “undaunted determination” essential to the task of escaping limitations and opening a place for their expression within the intensely male society of ceramics, the women artists of the present generation proceed steadily with a greater flexibility, lack of tension, and relaxed manner.   

Nature and women artists

This exhibition introduces five women ceramic artists who continue on the path opened by the pioneers and are recognized at the forefront of their generation. They share a focus on drawing inspiration from the natural world and incorporating it in their work. They also draw upon exceptional technical skill and refined spirit to realize their generous and distinctive forms and surfaces.   

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