Archaic Avant-Garde: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection

An ancient Japanese earthenware figure

October 27, 2018 – March 1, 2020

While modern and contemporary artists are known to have looked outside their immediate cultural realm to expand their sources for modern inspiration, many of them at the same time were also looking at their own culture's ancient techniques and forms. Archaic Avant-Garde focuses on contemporary Japan's leading ceramicists who have explored and experimented with ancient Japanese pottery techniques and forms to invigorate their own modern creations. This case rotation features works from such renowned late twentieth-century potters as Kamoda Shoji, Mori Togaku, and Mihara Ken, to emerging stars such as Isezaki Koichiro, along with ancient and early Japanese ceramics from the Worcester Art Museum collection.

Selected Images:

EZAKI Issei, Untitled, Wood-fired Tokoname stoneware with natural ash glaze MORI Togaku, Untitled (water jar), about 1990, unglazed stoneware
Koichiro ISEZAKI, Penguin #3, 2016, wood-fired, Bizen stoneware TAKAHIKO Kato, Untitled, 2015, natural, ash-glazed Shigaraki stoneware


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