YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis

Yakishime, firing unglazed wares at high temperatures, is said to be one of the most basic means to produce ceramics. The tradition embodied in these primordial wares continues unbroken to this day. This exhibition focuses on Yakishime wares, as part of Japan’s traditional culture, and presents their history from the earliest examples to the present through Yakishime tea vessels, food vessels, and works that are transformations of Yakishime into non-utilitarian objets d’art, aiming to provide an excellent opportunity to communicate this distinctively Japanese sensibility and aesthetic to the people abroad.

Mieko Iwai (Curator, Panasonic Shiodome Museum)

Planning Assistance
Tomokazu Hirai

Introduction: The birth of Yakishime / Section 1: Yakishime as Tea Wares / Section 2: Washoku and Yakishime / Section 3: Yakishime as Objet d’Art

November 16, 2018 - February 23, 2019
The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne (Cologne, Germany)

September 18 - October 19, 2018
Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan in Belgium (Brussels, Belgium)

May 10 – June 2, 2018
Gallifet Art Center (Aix-en-Provence, France)

March 1 – 18, 2018
Museuo de los Niños (San Jose, Costa Rica)

November 18 – December 2, 2017
Rigoberto Lopez Perez Culture Centre (Leon, Nicaragua)

October 28 – November 14, 2017
National Culture Palace (Managua, Nicaragua)

June 5 – 30, 2017
Currey Gallery, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (Nashville, U.S.A)

January 4 – 22, 2017
Japan Information Center, Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago (Chicago, U.S.A)

October 14 – November 18, 2016
Auditorium, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, U.S.A)

May 24 – August 10, 2016
The Japan Foundation, Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

April 19 – May 1, 2016
Seattle Center (Seattle, U.S.A)

Photo of Yuho Kaneshige, Tea bowl
Yuho Kaneshige, Tea bowl, 2015

Photo of Shiro Tsujimura, Fresh-water jar
Shiro Tsujimura, Fresh-water jar, 2015

Photo of Mayumi Shimizu, Bowl and Cups
Mayumi Shimizu, Bowl and Cups, 2015

Photo of Jun Isezaki, Kurochohozara (Black rectangular dish)
Jun Isezaki, Kurochohozara (Black rectangular dish), 2015

Photo of Kyoko Tokumaru, Shukuenjima – The blessing fire island”
Kyoko Tokumaru, ShukuenjimaThe blessing fire island, 2015

Photo of Tsubusa Kato, Vase Kawakomaki Shime Jar
Tsubusa Kato, Vase Kawakomaki Shime Jar, 1993

Photo of Yu Fujiwara, Vase with ruiza bossed decoration, Bizen type
Yu Fujiwara, Vase with ruiza bossed decoration, Bizen type, 1985-88


Photo of Ryuichi Kakurezai, So (Pair)
Ryuichi Kakurezai, So (Pair) 2015

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