Ceramic Art Japan:
Making, Finding, Collecting, Inspiring
Study Day
Saturday 9 June 2012 10am – 4pm
£30 includes light lunch (£25 concession)

Using the Hale collection as a starting point, the first part of this study day aims to place the making of pots in the Tohoku region within the history of Japanese ceramics. 

The kilns of Tohoku were little known outside the region when the Hales were researching the potteries for their book published in 1974 in Japanese. Examining the aesthetic and historical context of the kilns represented here will lead to the second part of the day where we will explore issues surrounding contemporary work in Japan and internationally. 

Speakers include: David Hale, The Hale Collection; Louise Cort, Curator for Ceramics, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Professor Yasuhiro Taniguchi, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo and Alex McErlain, former Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. The day will be directed by Jane Wilkinson, independent curator and former Curator of the East Asian Collections at the National Museums of Scotland.

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Japanese makers resident in the UK show their work in the Retail Gallery.
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Japanese Style : Sustaining Design is a season of exhibitions that gives visitors to Ruthin Craft Centre the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most interesting work from Japan. Japanese Style : Sustaining Design shows how artists and design communities can make a valuable contribution to sustainable development by focusing on the relationship between the traditional and the innovative. It demonstrates how the strength of the human spirit can play a key role in sustainable development, and the important part that effective design can play in sustaining the environment. 


Gallery 1: Reiko Sudo
Gallery 2: Kagure / Takahiro Kondo / Shinsuke Iwami
Gallery 3: The Hale Collection of Tohoku Ceramics


Studio 2: Kazuya Morita
Studio 3: Tono Mirai
Studio 5: Studio Archi Farm
Residency Studio: Nurturing the Spirit
Osamu Ishiyama Laboratory, Waseda University, Tokyo; Smout Allen, Bartlett School of Architecture; the Design Unit of the Welsh School of Architecture


Studio 3: Tono Mirai
Masterclasses by Shinsuke Iwami
with David and Margaret Frith at Brookhouse Pottery

Retail Gallery / Pop-Up Shop

Japanese Makers resident in the UK – Ceramics, Textiles, Contemporary Craft and Design. Handmade Washi Paper from Mino, Gifu Province features in both the exhibitions and shop.