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Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels

  • Japan Information & Culture Center 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels

Explore how a beloved Japanese tradition is being reinterpreted and inherited in the United States at the JICC’s “Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels” exhibition, presented together with the District Clay Center and Ikebana International, Washington D.C., Chapter No.1, and sponsored by Marymount University

“Each artist succeeds in bringing out the beauty they find in the clay and creating something organically expressive, timeless, and yet totally of the moment.” – Akira Satake, Curator

Curated by renowned ceramist Akira Satake, this exhibition features ceramic ikebana vessels created by some of the most talented potters working within the U.S. today, several of which have lived and studied in pottery towns in Japan such as Bizen, Mashiko, and Shigaraki, where they were able to hone their art and bring back methods of making and firing to the United States. All featured potters, including special guest artist, Japanese Master Potter Ken Matsuzaki, share an innate sense of the importance of ma, or “negative space,” a concept integral to Japanese aesthetics. Exhibition panels will allow visitors to gain insight into the various traditional techniques of ceramics native to Japan, as well as the principles standard to the schools of Ikebana. Artist statements on display will also invite viewers to explore the unique ways each ceramic artist took inspiration from traditional Japanese aesthetics and evolved it to a personal style. Additionally, three Ikebana Artists from Ikebana International, Washington D.C., Chapter No.1 will exhibit arrangements inspired by and featuring three of the exhibited vessels.  

Exhibiting Artists, Ceramists: Birdie Boone, Peter Callas, Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish, Erica Iman, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Randon Johnston, Ani Kasten, Simon Levin, Ken Matsuzaki, Sangjoon Park, Tim Rowan, Akira Satake, Jeff Shapiro, Catherine White

Exhibiting Artists, Ikebana: Helena Arouca (Ikebana Sangetsu), Bruce Wilson (Saga Goryu Ikebana), Jane Redmon (Sogetsu Ikebana)

Free Event, No Registration Required.
Banner Image: ceramic vessel by Akira Satake

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