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"Soaring Voices: Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists
October 16, 2011 - December 31, 2011

This exhibition features 87 works by 25 exceptional women artists who reflect Japan’s rich and innovative ceramic culture. For thousands of years, women have been highly active in the production of ceramics but their names have largely been unknown. Soaring Voices demonstrates the shift in Japanese society toward individual women artists becoming recognized in an artistic realm traditionally held by men.

The exhibition provides contemporary interpretations of a traditional art form through the work of women artists using a range of methods, materials and motifs, many inspired from the natural world. Soaring Voices features pioneering ceramicists spanning generations, including members of the founding generation of Japanese female potters, such as Asuka Tsubio, Kiyoko Koyama and Takako Araki whose colorful works are innovative in form and concept. Other artists, including Eiko Kishi and Fuku Fukumoto, incorporate ancient literature and Noh traditions to create a context within their work of a deep connection with nature, a significant motif in the work of Japanese artists.

Soaring Voices was developed by The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture, and hus-10, Inc., Tokyo, Japan and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. The exhibition was generously supported in part by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the S&R Foundation. Made possible locally by the AEC Trust." - The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art


Perspectives on Collecting Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Sunday, October 16, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Collectors Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz along with renowned art dealer, Joan Mirviss, will offer keen insights into their passion for contemporary Japanese ceramics, especially by artists represented in the Soaring Voices exhibition.


Sunday, October 16, 3 p.m.
Mishima Kimiyo, Artist
Soaring Voices: Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists
Since 1971, Mishima has been creating ceramic works of art that take the form of everyday perishable items such as newspapers and cardboard boxes. Often combining clay with silk-screening techniques, these beautifully crafted yet “ordinary” items explore our relationship with printed information and the culture of consumption and waste.