Bizen ware is an unglazed form of primitive property that uses earth, fire, and molds to create beautiful designs. This exhibit introduces a selection of famous antique Bizen ware that was popular amongst tea ceremony masters during the Momoyama Period. The exhibition also features items from more recent artists who understand the style's appeals and have been working to revive it. It also includes works by artists who could best be described as national treasures, as well as examples from up-and-coming artists.
Shunichi Yabe "Moonlight(Gyogetsu)", 2015 (Private Collection)
Izushi ware is known for its characteristic snow-white glazing. Although many of the izushi ware kilns that sprouted up in Hyogo at the end of the Edo Period were abandoned, some overcame their difficulties and continue to produce ceramics. This exhibit features masterpieces from the museum's collection, as well as from art and history museums throughout Japan, along with items borrowed from individual collectors. The exhibit highlights the history and techniques used to create these pieces.
Izushi "Basket-shaped Vase with Roses in Relife, White Porcelain" (Early Meiji Period) The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
Since its opening in 2005, the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo has expanded its collection through purchased, donated, and submitted items. The museum's items include Tamba ware, ceramic made in Hyogo, and modern pieces from throughout Japan and around the world. This exhibit places a primary focus on ceramic made in Hyogo that has been added to the museum's collection in recent years.
Tamba "pot" (Mid-Muromachi Period) The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
This exhibit will reconsider the future of ceramics through works from 15 artists. All of the pieces featured use fundamental ceramic materials and methodology while pursuing modern styles through creative techniques. The artists, aged in their 30s and 40s, are individuals who are attracting attention for their work in their respective fields, such as craft, contemporary art, design, and architecture.
Masayasu Mitsuke "Untitled", 2018 The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
Ceramic artists are influenced by a variety of factors when producing their works. These influences can include memorable landscapes they have experienced, the desire to propose something to society, or wanting to express mental images. This exhibit uses keywords to allow visitors to contemplate the meaning behind the modern ceramic items the museum has collected in recent years. The exhibition also introduces different forms of expression through a variety of ceramic pieces.
Hiroto Kitagawa "TU1625－MENTAL ARMED", 2016 The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
Modeling artist Eiji Uematsu (1949 - ) uses earth and fire as his materials, creating unique pieces that avoid being labeled purely as 'sculptures' or 'ceramic art'. His unique dialogs use clay to search for new possibilities in ceramics.
Eiji Uematsu "Hajime no Shiro", 2016 (Private Collection)
Tamba ware has a history of more than 800 years that originates from one of six sites where the production of ceramic ware began in ancient Japan. This area was registered as a Japan Heritage site in 2017. We hope you'll take this opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing face of Tamba ware.
Tamba "Jar" (Mid-Muromachi Period) The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo (Kan Tanaka Collection) - Designated as an important tangible cultural property of Hyogo Prefecture.