Friday, September 7, 2012

A journey into Japan's ceramic tradition

It is one of those instances when I feel very lucky to live in San Diego. The city is known to most as the finest vacation destinations in the US. One of the gems in SD is Balboa Park and its collection of Arts and Science museums. As a ceramic artist, the Mingei International Museum, dedicated to folk arts, crafts, and design, is a treasure trove of creative ideas and inspiration. If you are ever in the area, make sure to schedule a visit.
Until January 6th, 2013, the Mingei is exhibiting an amazing private collection (by Gordon Brodfuehrer) of contemporary japanese ceramics, titled "Nature, Tradition, and Innovation". It is like stepping into another dimension where Nature meets Stone and Fire. Large scale pictures of breathtaking japanese landscape accompany the ceramic pieces to underline the tight connection japanese potters maintain with their environment, whether it is mining the clay or finding inspiration. The soothing japanese musical background completes the experience and transforms minutes into hours of exploration from miniature tea cups and bowls to vases and massive abstract forms.
Such an enchanting visit ! Next step, flying to Japan !

Here is snapshot of the show. I apologize for the lack of sharpness in the pictures, I only had my cellphone camera and a no flash policy strictly enforced. In any case, it is best viewed in person. In the meantime, enjoy !


  1. thanks for sharing this very informative and nice photos keep it up,

  2. Thanks for the Photo, Beautiful Japanese Art,
    There is this Art Gallery Yakimono in Paris, showing nice pieces.
    Yakimono Paris

  3. Thanks for the post, wonderful japanese design.
    Here, a gallery in Paris, which has nice japanese art pieces:
    Yakimono Japanese Ceramics

  4. Awesome Japanese ceramics Photos, Diversity of Japanese Design is wonderful.
    Here, a gallery in Paris, which has nice japanese art pieces:
    Yakimono Art