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Reinventing the Wheel: Japanese Ceramics 1930-2000

Reinventing the Wheel: Japanese Ceramics 1930-2000

July 23, 2011 – July 12, 2013

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Location: Sublevel 3

The Sackler collection represents significant trends in Japanese ceramics since the 1930s, when traditional workshop masters took on new roles as studio potters alongside artists in other media. Potters at regional kilns revived ancient firing and glazing technology for use in expressive new vessel forms. In postwar Kyoto, ceramic artists departed from conventional ideas of function to create sculptural forms. Today's potters sample at will from these trends, blending meticulous skill with daring reinterpretations of shapes and materials.This installation of highlights works by legendary Living National Treasures to young virtuosos of the present day.