Meghen Jones, Louise Allison Cort
October 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 72 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780367143305 - CAT# K410510
Series: Routledge Research in Art History
Ceramics and Modernity in Japan offers a set of critical perspectives on the creation, patronage, circulation, and preservation of ceramics during Japan’s most dramatic period of modernization, in the Meiji to mid-Showa eras.
As in other parts of the world, ceramics in modern Japan developed along the three ontological trajectories of art, craft and design. Yet, it is widely believed that no other modern nation was engaged with ceramics as much as Japan – a "potter’s paradise" – in terms of creation, exhibition, and discourse. This book explores how Japanese ceramics came to achieve such a status and why they were such a significant form of cultural production. The volume’s medium-specific focus encourages examination of issues regarding materials and practices unique to ceramics, including their distinct role throughout Japanese cultural history. Going beyond descriptive historical treatments of ceramics as the products of individuals or particular styles, the closely-intertwined chapters also probe the relationship between ceramics and modernity and the ways in which ceramics in Japan were related to their counterparts in Asia and Europe.
Featuring contributions by leading international specialists, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Art History and Japanese Studies.
1. A Potter’s Paradise: The Realm of Ceramics in Modern Japan, Meghen Jones
2. The Development of Celadon Production at the Makuzu Workshop, 1870–1950: Moving towards the Modern, Clare Pollard
3. More than "Western": Porcelain for the Meiji Emperor’s Table, Mary Redfern
4. Modernizing Ceramic Form and Decoration: Kyoto Potters and the Teiten, Gisela Jahn
5. Unifying Science and Art: The Kyoto City Ceramic Research Institute (1896–1920) and Ceramic Art Education during the Taisho Era, Maezaki Shinya
6. The Spark that Ignited the Flame: 1923, Hamada, Paterson’s Gallery and the Birth of English Studio Pottery, Julian Stair
7. Okuda Seiichi and the New Language of Ceramics in Taisho (1912–1926) Japan, Seung Yeon Sang
8. The Nude, the Empire, and the Porcelain Vessel Idiom of Tomimoto Kenkichi, Meghen Jones
9. Veiled References: The Role of Glaze in Japanese Avant-Garde Ceramics, Louise Allison Cort
10. Koyama Fujio’s View of Modern Japanese Ceramics and his Role in the Creation of "Living National Treasures", Kida Takuya
11. Found in Translation: Ceramics and Social Change, Tanya Harrod