Breaking the Ceiling: Japanese Women in Clay

Opening Reception: December 7th 3 - 5pm

Artist Talk: December 8th 2019 at Concord Academy with special guest Louise Cort

December 7 – 28, 2019

Ikuko Ando
Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN6

Stoneware

8.27h x 15.35w x 9.80d in

IA006

SOLD

 

Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN8

Stoneware

9.45h x 16.14w x 14.17d in

IA008

$ 1,500.00

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Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN5

Stoneware

5.12h x 9.57w x 10.43d in

IA005

SOLD

Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN7

Stoneware

8.23h x 8.39w x 8.15d in

IA007

SOLD

Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN2

Stoneware

4.17h x 4.61w x 4.53d in

IA002

SOLD

Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN4

Stoneware

4.61h x 4.84w x 5.20d in

IA004

$ 500.00

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Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN3

Stoneware

3.50h x 4.45w x 4.29d in

IA003

SOLD

Ikuko Ando

Ikuko Ando

Untitled AN1

Stoneware

3.39h x 4.72w x 4.45d in

IA001

$ 300.00

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Eri Dewa
Eri Dewa

Eri Dewa

Forest #1

Porcelain

6.89h x 6.69w x 6.69d in

ED001

SOLD

Eri Dewa

Eri Dewa

Forest #2

Porcelain

6.69h x 6.69w x 6.69d in

ED002

$1800

Inquire

Eri Dewa

Eri Dewa

Forest #3

Porcelain

ED003

SOLD

Kiyoko Morioka
Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Vase, 2019

Porcelain

11.81h x 8.27w in

KMO007

$1400

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Bowl, large, 2019

Porcelain

10h x 19.75w in

KMO010

$ 5,000.00

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Bowl, Medium, pair, 2019

Porcelain

2.25h x 4.75w in

KMO008

SOLD

Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Bowl, large, set of two, 2019

Porcelain

3h x 7w in

KMO009

$ 160.00 (set of two)

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ON HOLD

Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Vase, Tall, Large, 2019

Porcelain

16.14h x 6.69w in

KMO011

$ 1,250.00

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Vase, Tall, Medium, 2019

Porcelain

13.39h x 5.51w in

KMO012

$ 900.00

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Vases, Small #1 and #2, 2019

Porcelain

6.10h x 3.54w in  

KMO013 and KMO014

$ 90.00 each

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Lidded Jar, Small #1 and #2, 2019

Porcelain

3.15h x 1.97w in

KMO020 and KMO021

$ 100.00 each 

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Teapot, 2019

Porcelain

4.13h x 4.13w in

KMO001

SOLD

Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Teapot, small #1 and #2, 2019

Porcelain

4.13h x 4.13w in

KMO016 and KMO017

$ 180.00 each

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Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Cups, pair, 2019

Porcelain

2.17h x 2.64w in

KMO015

SOLD

Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Lidded Cup with Saucer, 2019

Porcelain

3.54h x 3.94w in

KMO004

SOLD

Kiyoko Morioka

Kiyoko Morioka

Teacup with saucer, set of two, 2019

Porcelain

6.30h x 4.33w in

KMO018 (for the set)

$300

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Aya Murata
Aya Murata

Aya Murata

In Bloom #1

5.12h x 7.87w x 5.51d in

AM001

$ 1,750.00

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Aya Murata

Aya Murata

In Bloom #3

6.50h x 11.02w x 9.84d in

AM003

$ 2,600.00

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Aya Murata

Aya Murata

In Bloom #2

6.89h x 12.60w x 10.83d in

AM002

$ 2,800.00

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Aya Murata

Aya Murata

In Bloom #4, wall piece, 2019

11.42h x 9.06w x 4.92d in

AM004

SOLD

Hiroko Nakazato
Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Opal Plant #2, 2018

Stoneware

18.50h x 8.66w x 10.63d in

HNA005

$ 1,900.00

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Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Flower Bowl #2, 2019

Stoneware

7.87h x 5.12w x 6.30d in

HNA003

$ 750.00

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Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Flower Bowl #1, 2019

Stoneware

5.91h x 7.87w x 9.06d in

HNA001

$ 975.00

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Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Opal Plant #1, 2019

Stoneware

7.48h x 6.69w x 6.69d in

HNA002

$ 975.00

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Hiroko Nakazato

Hiroko Nakazato

Flower Patterns, Set of Three, 2011

Stoneware

HNA004

$ 3,000.00

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Press Release

Lacoste/Keane Gallery is proud to close our 2019 season with an all-female exhibition Breaking The Ceiling: Japanese Women in Clayfrom December 7 to 28, 2019. Exhibiting artists include Ikuko Ando, Eri Dewa, Kiyoko Morioka, Aya Murata and Hiroko Nakazato who are all exhibiting in the USA for the first time. 

This exhibition explores the exciting careers of Japanese women in the field of ceramics, inspired by two important past exhibitions; ‘Soaring Voices’ (2009 – 2012) which traveled to 10 locations in the USA, and ‘Touch Fire’ (2009) at the Smith College, Northampton MA. The artists in this exhibition showcase the best of the next generation. As Maya Nishi guest curator points out in her essay, “the women artists of the present generation proceed steadily with a greater flexibility, lack of tension, and relaxed manner.“ Their works break away from ceramic tradition, making a strong point for future waves of women to express freely in their chosen field. 

In conjunction with the opening of this exhibition, there will be a public reception at our gallery on Saturday December 7, 3:00 – 5:00 pm and an Artist Talk on Sunday December 8, 2:00pm which will be held at Ransome Room, Concord Academy. Louise Cort, former Curator of Ceramics at The Smithsonian will be moderating the Talk on Sunday. Artists in attendance will be Ikuko Ando, Eri Dewa, Kiyoko Morioka and Hiroko Nakazato. 

Essay by Maya Nishi and Louise Cort

At the beginning

Within the traditional world of ceramics in Japan lies a history of the various prohibitions women have encountered. At the same time, the truth of the essential roles women played within the world of traditional Japanese ceramics—said to be a society of men—when that world centered in households making pottery is becoming widely recognized.

Beginning in the 1950s, pioneer women artists began to assert their places within the flow of contemporary ceramics. Araki Takako (1921–2004), Mishima Kimiyo (1932–), Tsuboi Asuka (1932–) and others opened the way by pursuing their thirst to create and their undaunted determination to carry on.

Freely and flexibly

Those women of the pioneer generation and the women makers of a younger generation share in common a gentle spirit, free expression, and superb technique. Yet one major change is apparent. Compared to the women of the pioneer generation, with their “undaunted determination” essential to the task of escaping limitations and opening a place for their expression within the intensely male society of ceramics, the women artists of the present generation proceed steadily with a greater flexibility, lack of tension, and relaxed manner.   

Nature and women artists

This exhibition introduces five women ceramic artists who continue on the path opened by the pioneers and are recognized at the forefront of their generation. They share a focus on drawing inspiration from the natural world and incorporating it in their work. They also draw upon exceptional technical skill and refined spirit to realize their generous and distinctive forms and surfaces.   

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