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Sakiyama Takayuki, Chōtō; Listening to the Waves, 2012 Stoneware with sand glaze 10 3/8 x 9 1/2 x 5 5/8 in On loan from Joan B Mirviss LTD

Japan Now: Surface

Thu Jun 07 to Sep 03, 2018, All Day

Lobby Display

Today, Japanese clay art is experiencing one of the richest and most diverse periods in its long history. Throughout 2018, three lobby displays, curated by Joan B. Mirviss, an authority on Japanese ceramics and a New York City gallery owner for 40 years, will feature the work of ground-breaking Japanese ceramists who stand on the world stage, boldly asserting their independence, creativity, and technical genius.

Surface effects, whether occurring naturally through wood-firing, textured by carving or impression, or decorated by the application of glazes or other techniques, are typically regarded as defining a work. Surface showcases how contemporary Japanese artists are using the ceramic form as a canvas upon which to explore colour, texture, and pattern. Intended to be seen up close in order to reveal their masterful physical attributes, the surface of these ceramic works reflect the heart of the clay aesthetic.

January 12 – April 22
Form + Function

June 7 – September 2

September 7 – January 13
Female Masters

Presented by


Supported by

Japan Foundation

Japan-Canada 90 Years

Header image: Sakiyama Takayuki, Chōtō; Listening to the Waves, 2012, Stoneware with sand glaze, 10 3/8 x 9 1/2 x 5 5/8 in, On loan from Joan B Mirviss LTD