Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14
September 18, 2019 (Wed) - December 8, 2019 (Sun)
Unglazed ceramics fired at high temperatures were initially produced in large quantities for daily use. Later, they came to be used in Japanese tea ceremonies, taking the form of practical vessels such as pails and jars.
As the tea ceremony began incorporating the wabi aesthetic, a concept associated with rustic simplicity, a wider variety of distinctively-designed tea wares were created.
This exhibition showcases tea wares created at some of the major Japanese kilns—Bizen, Shigaraki, Iga, and Tanba—that are known for the production of unglazed ceramic wares.
Visitors are invited to examine the differing clay colors from each place of production, the wide-ranging uses and shapes, and the diverse surface patterns created spontaneously during firing as a byproduct of unique combinations of clay and flame intensity.