Traditionally, Japanese ceramics emphasize the beauty of nature. Ceramic forms are often unadorned to highlight each vessel’s imperfections, simple elegance, and quiet balance. The clay, artist, and firing process all spontaneously influence the aesthetic of each ceramic created. Today, modern ceramic artists maintain many of these traditional elements while also incorporating modern innovations. Technological improvements to glazes, kilns, and clay refinement allow for a fresh new interpretation of the aesthetics of Japanese ceramics.
Modern Simplicity is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum's annual fund.
Exhibitions page and middle: Kiyomizu Rokubei, Fresh Water Jar, unglazed clay. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Elaine and Sidney Cohen.
Left: Shiro Otani, Globular vessel, glazed clay. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Elaine and Sidney Cohen.
Right: Hiroyuki Wakamoto, Rounded vessel, ceramic. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Elaine and Sidney Cohen.