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Quiet Beauty

Produced primarily for everyday use by farmers, artisans, and merchants, the ceramics in this exhibition are astonishing for their variety and profound aesthetic impact. Pieces spanning nearly five thousand years were chosen to display the harmonious combination of form, color, and texture that has brought Japanese pottery its worldwide renown. The first exhibition outside of Japan to explore such a broad range of production, Quiet Beauty surveys technical and artistic developments in folk art ceramics made between about 3000 B.C. and about 1990. The exhibition encompasses prehistoric beakers; medieval storage jars; bowls, bottles, and plates from many eras and localities; and late-twentieth century creations based on traditional forms. The objects are arranged in chronological order and grouped by region of production to help elucidate the story of Japanese folk ceramics.


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  Beaker
Beaker
  Sue Ware Ewer
Ewer
  Satsuma Ware Sake Bottle
Sake Bottle
  Satsuma Ware Vase
Vase
  Sh˘dai Ware Jar
Jar
  Sh˘dai Ware Bottle
Bottle
  Arita Ware Sake Bottle
Sake Bottle
  Kiyomizu Ware Sake Bottle
Sake Bottle
  Kiyomizu Ware Sake Bottle
Sake Bottle
  Seto Ware Oil Plate
Oil Plate
  Seto Ware Oil Plate
Oil Plate
  Tokoname Ware
Tokoname Ware
  Akahada Ware Vase
Vase
  Segmented Jar
Segmented Jar


This exhibition is organized and circulated by
Art Services International,
Alexandria, Virginia.

The national tour has been sponsored by the
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation,
the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund,
the Mitsubishi International Corporation, and
the Toshiba International Foundation.

Additional venues are still available. For booking information, please contact:
Doug Shawn,
Exhibitions Coordinator,
1319 Powhatan Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Telephone: 703-548-4554.
Email:
Website: Art Services International

images courtesy of the Montgomery Collection


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