Japanese traditional ceramics, with a distinctive use of materials and forms and philosophy, has contributed to the development of American ceramic sculpture as fine art since 1950’s. For American ceramicists, the decade of the 1950’s marks the beginning of a new openness to Japanese culture for inspiration and direction in the development of their work. American ceramicists traveled to Japan for apprenticeships. Our faculty member for this program, Ben Ryterband is one of them.
Many Japanese ceramicists also travelled to the U.S. for exhibitions, residencies, and teaching opportunities. On their return home, the influence of American ceramics emerged in their work, teaching and residency programs. The leading artist residency program for ceramics at Shigaraki Cultural Park is modeled after the renowned Archie Bray Foundation in Montana where the historical workshop by Hamada, Leach, and Yanagi was offered in 1952. Peter Voulkos, the first director of the residency program at Archie Bray at that time was deeply affected by the workshop that demonstrated the Japanese traditional approach to clay. With this being one of the influences of his work, he revolutionized ceramic art in the U.S. The dialogue and exchanges between Japanese and American artists influenced a new generation of ceramicists from both countries.
While in Japan, students will have unique opportunities to meet working ceramic artists and learn firsthand about both traditional and contemporary Japanese ceramics. The trip offers students with visits to studios, art colleges, museums, pottery villages, residency sites showcasing a wide range of aesthetics and techniques. This course will establish the foundations and critical knowledge for students to contribute to further develop this continuing dialogue.
Thursday, October 12 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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