Antiques dealer Joan B. Mirviss has been intrigued by Japanese art since her youth. "As a typical American child of the 1950s and 60s, I didn't have the opportunity to travel to Asia or Europe. However, I always had a fascination with things Japanese." As a university student in 1973, she studied ceramics in Japan and visited famous production centers such as Mashiko. While Japan is crowded with crafts from lacquer to textiles and dolls, it was ceramics that won her heart.
"I think that the best Japanese ceramic artists lead the world in this area. They integrate traditional methods of construction and production with their own aesthetic, sometimes modern, sometimes traditional, stretching their boundaries," Mirviss says.