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Vessels: The Spirit of Modern British Ceramics

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Sunday, March 29, 2015

Period 22 November, 2014 - 29 March, 2015
Closed Mondays
(except for National Holidays / the following Tuesday instead)
25 December, 2014 - 1 January, 2015
Opening Hours 9:30 - 16:00 (last admission at 15:30)
*February and March: 9:30 - 17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
Admissions Adults 600(550)yen
Junior High / Elementary School Students 300(250)yen
*( ) indicates prices for groups of 20 persons or more.
Seniors(over 65 years old) 300yen *Please show proof of age.


In May 2014, “Mashiko Museum Residency Program” was initiated at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art. For the first year, in honor of the ties between Mashiko and England, British ceramic artists are being invited to stay as artists-in-residence. To commemorate the inauguration of this new program, the Museum has organized a special exhibition of modern British ceramics, an overview of the resident artists’ background.

Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art has been actively introducing the essence of modern British ceramics. Examples include the large-scale retrospective exhibition of Lucie Rie’s works in 2010 and “Leach School” exhibition in 2013-an earnest feature of potters from the line of Bernard Leach. In tribute, also, to Mashiko as a pottery town, the new exhibition “Vessels: The Spirit of Modern British Ceramics” re-examines and closes in on the allure of vessels.

The U.K., especially London, is an urban space on the cutting edge where modern art, design, music and fashion collide. Ceramic artists who live there resonate with various genres of art, confront clay to seek communication with nature and history, and express their inner senses in the form of the vessel.

The exhibition focuses on nineteen ceramic artists-many of who reside in London-and includes those whose works are being shown in Japan for the first time. There will be approximately sixty pieces on display. Whether through polished forms and design-like patterns, sculptural characteristics achieved through collectivity, or “London style” ceramics, the viewer will be able to feel the rich spirit of modern British ceramics.

Additionally, works by artists who emerged from the Leach Pottery in its early period will be on display from Collection. Please enjoy U.K.’s modern expressions of vessels along with its rich historical foundation.

Gordon Baldwin
Painting in a Form of a Bowl
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
Martin Smith
Conical Gap - pair
Walter Keeler
Julian Stair
Eleven Cups on a Ground
Chris Keenan
Abode of Stones
Carina Ciscato
Low Constructed
Sun Kim
Geometric Vases
Jack Doherty
Moon Keeper Vessel
Jennifer Lee
Olive, smoky speckled bands, flashing, tilted
Tina Vlassopulos

(Artists in Alphabetical Order)

  • Gordon Baldwin
  • Alison Britton
  • Carina Ciscato
  • Jack Doherty
  • Ken Eastman
  • Elizabeth Fritsch
  • Ewen Henderson
  • Walter Keeler
  • Chris Keenan
  • Sun Kim
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Grayson Perry
  • Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
  • Martin Smith
  • Rupert Spira
  • Julian Stair
  • Angus Suttie
  • Tina Vlassopulos
  • Edmund de Waal
  • Bernard Leach