From: University of Michigan - Museum of Art
8/9/2016 - 10/30/2016
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354
Artist and poet Ann Holmes first encountered Japanese folk ceramics while living in Tokyo in the late 1960s. Fascinated by the simple aesthetic, the craftsmanship, and the makers' unassuming personalities and ways of life.
Richly introduced in this presentation are works by ceramic artists emerging in the late 1960s and the early 1970s in the town of Mashiko, two hours north of Tokyo by train. Mashiko became an international mecca of folk ceramics after Hamada Shoji (18941978), a major figure of Japan's Folk Craft (Mingei) Movement, set up his studio there in 1930. Hamada's idea of ceramic making for a new age, which combined the aesthetic of folk ceramics and the modern concept of the studio artist, attracted many younger artists of unconventional backgrounds, including women.