ERIC Number: EJ941149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
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Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan
Johnson, Mark M.
Arts & Activities, v149 n1 p19-22 Feb 2011
Japanese ceramics enjoy a long and distinguished history, and the Japanese aesthetic of elegant simplicity, along with their approach to materials, has influenced ceramic artists around the world for centuries. Women in Japan have been involved in the production of ceramics for thousands of years, but with few exceptions, their names have remained unknown. "Soaring Voices" demonstrates the recent shift in Japanese society toward individual women artists becoming recognized in an artistic realm traditionally dominated by men. The 87 works by 25 women artists in this special exhibition showcase unique contemporary interpretations of a traditional art form through a range of motifs inspired by the natural world: (1) plants; (2) shells; (3) mountains; (4) rivers; and (5) the play of light and shadow. On these ceramic vessels, other sources of inspiration pay tribute to Japan, such as the dance movements in the Noh Theater, and kimono patterns of the Edo Period. "Soaring Voices" focuses on the work of three 20th-century generations of Japanese women ceramists. Some of the artists are self-taught pioneers of this women's art movement.
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