The Everson began collecting contemporary Japanese ceramics in earnest in the mid 1970s, an experimental period when artists were applying geometric forms and conceptual strategies to traditional materials and forms. The exhibition highlights this under-recognized generation of artists who are now credited with laying the groundwork for today’s contemporary ceramic movement in Japan.


Itsue Ito
Shu to, 1986
Earthenware, 15 x 18 x 19 inches
Purchase Prize given by the Hancock Foundation, 27th Ceramic National, 1987