A Museum in the Forest, Telling the Tale of Clay

Exhibit Information

Special Exhibits

The Charm of Seto Novelty: Ceramic Ornaments loved from the world

Maruyama Ceramics Co. Ltd.
Maruyama Ceramics Co. Ltd.
"Engagement" (c. 1955)
Yokoyama Art Museum

In Seto, Aichi Prefecture, ceramic ornaments such as dolls and animals and plants were made and exported to the world including Europe and the United States. These ornaments are called "novelty" and have added color to the lives of people abroad.
In this exhibition, we will introduce the exotic charm of the colorful Seto Novelty.
It is the first exhibition to introduce Seto Novelty in Kansai.

Lovely KOIMARI-form and design

Arita ware "Irregular-shaped dish with design of stone pavement,peony,flower and scrolling vine,overglaze polychrome enamels" (1690–1730)
(SHIBATA Collection)

This exhibit is an introduction to both the forms and designs of Imari ware, featuring impressive Edo Period pieces from THE KYUSHU CERAMIC MUSEUM's "SHIBATA Collection", alongside other outstanding borrowed from the museum. A modern sensibility is used to examine the charms of these pieces, through considering their novel composition, fluid brushwork, and unique painted designs.

-Meiji-era Japanese Ceramics which Crossed the Sea

Hikojiro Imura Shoten
Hikojiro Imura Store "Overgraze Paiting Large Plate with Chrysanthemum Design" (Mid-Meiji period(1868-1912))
Tetsuhito Tanabe Collection
Photo: Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History

As Japan opened its doors to the world at the end of the Edo Period(1603-1868), it began to exhibit ceramic ware and lacquerware pieces at world exhibitions held in the west. This led to a craze for Japanese-style objects, known as Japonism. This exhibit places focus on Yokohama ware and Tokyo ware that was exported overseas for sale and thus became a rarity in Japan. The floridly designed pieces on show are emblemic of the style at the time.


The museum held the themed exhibit "TAMBA NOW⁺: The Modern Face of Tamba Ware" to help celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015. For its 15th anniversary in 2020, the museum will hold a second version of this exhibition to help highlight the diversity of modern Tamba ware.

The Bizen: From Earth and Fire,Exquisite Forms

Toyo Kaneshige
Toyo Kaneshige Water Jar with Lugs
Private Collection

Bizen ware is an unglazed form of primitive property that uses earth and firing methods to create beautiful designs. This exhibit will feature a selection of famous, antique Bizen ware that was popular amongst tea ceremony masters during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568–1600). It also features items from more recent artists who understand the appeal of the style and have been working to revive it, along with pieces from artists who could best be described as Living National Treasures, as well as up-and-coming artists.

Themed Exhibits

Modernity & Elegance: The British Ceramics Collection by Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, and Jennifer Lee

Lucie Rie
Lucie Rie "Bowl" (1980s)
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

This exhibit will feature items from the museum's British ceramic collection. The pieces on show were created by four individuals who could best be described as representatives of their art; Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, and Jennifer Lee. Each artist has taken their own individual approach to the art. Their works, all from differing eras, will allow visitors to experience the modernity and elegance of British ceramics.

2019 Artist invited Project & Themed Exhibition: Iwao Shinno

Iwao Shinn
Iwao Shinno "Prayer: Chinese Phoenix" (2018)
Personal Collection
Photographer: Kenji Yamazaki

Iwao Shinno (1957–) invented a new style of ceramics known as 'Tsuiji' where multiple layers of clay slurry are applied on top of each other to create the desired form. He also created a new style involving the use of white, celadon, and blue-white glazes. This exhibit will feature pure and clean examples of his Tsuiji ceramics, as well as items based around the theme of prayer, leading visitors through a world of deep creation and spirituality.

The World of Tamba ware: Season3

Hikojiro Imura Shoten
Ash-glazed sake bottle,carved with apricot blossoms and bush warbler design (Mid-Edo Period (1603-1868),18th century)
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Kan Tanaka Collection

Tamba ware has a history of more than 800 years and originates from one of Six Ancient Kilns registered as Japan Heritage. We hope you'll take this opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing face of this artform.

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