ELEMENTS IN HARMONY: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CERAMICS
Now showing until June 2014
Elements in harmony: Contemporary Japanese ceramics showcases over forty works from a local private collection by some of Japan’s most accomplished living potters.
Private collections are often informed by the personality of the collector and are symbolic of a physical or spiritual journey. Elements in harmony presents Richard McMahon’s exploration of Japan’s arts and crafts and his passion for ceramics, which began with a visit to Bizen, one of Japan’s ancient and still operating ‘six old kilns’.
The display includes works by artists trained in ceramic traditions as well as at fine art universities in Japan. Highlights include Harada Shuroku’s Small sake flask with its distinctive reddish brown colour, unglazed body and scorch marks, emblematic of a tradition begun at Bizen during the Heian period (794–1185) and continually renewed by generations of artists.
Contemporary works from the Gallery’s own collection complement the display, such as Endo Toshikatsu’s Allegory III, as well as prints, photographs and sculpture.