Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now brings together twenty-five of the leading ceramics artists from across Japan. Most of these artists are widely recognized and critically acclaimed in Japan, few have exhibited here in the United States. This exhibition truly is a must see experience here at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!

Continuing our series introducing you to the artists who are a part of our 2015 ArtPrize and fall exhibition, here are five more artists to get to know:

Naoto NakataTWINS – for Maple in Minneapolis – Vote Code 61572

TWINS - for Maple in Minneapolis by Naoto Nakata

TWINS – for Maple in Minneapolis by Naoto Nakata

Ado OdaGold and Silver Octagonal Ceramic Box “Bamboo Accent” – Vote Code 61503
“Toubako (a ceramic box) with bamboo design represented in gold and silver colored printed figures (over enamels).”

Gold and Silver Octagonal Ceramic Box "Bamboo Accent" by Ado Oda

Gold and Silver Octagonal Ceramic Box “Bamboo Accent” by Ado Oda

Nobuyuki OgawaPhantom – Vote Code 61018
“With the mental image of a flower as the motif a skeletonized thing was formed.”

Phantom by Nobuyuki Ogawa

Phantom by Nobuyuki Ogawa

Sayaka OishiAccessories – Vote Code 61360
“Whenever I create I always think about the ties between forms and accessories. I also try to make good use of the glaze which is original to ceramics. There are many animal and plant based accessories around the human in my work, but these all represent ‘greed’ and ‘nature’.”

Accessories by Sayaka Oishi

Accessories by Sayaka Oishi

Junji Setsu – Irosuminagashi “Moon Flower” – Vote Code 61791
“I imagined a beautiful picture in which the moonlight lights up the surface of water at night. This piece can also be seen as a flower, which is why I named it “Moon Flower”. The Irosuminagashi technique which I created myself makes it possible to capture one moment in nature. This seems to be connected with the fleeting beauty of life. It was created with the feel of the Japanese concept of beauty and nature. Irosuminagashi was created by myself and nature conversing and coming into harmony, and I think that the appealing part of this technique is that you can never make the same pattern twice.”

Irosuminagashi "Moon Flower" by Junji Setsu

Irosuminagashi “Moon Flower” by Junji Setsu

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