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Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) Teabowl c.1962, Stoneware with decorated slip. Private collection
Sodeisha was an avant-garde ceramics movement in Kyoto and was one of the first clear expressions of modernism in Japanese ceramics. It was founded in 1948 by Yagi Kazuo with the support of Suzuki Osamu, Kumakura Junkichi and Yamada Hikaru and over the years it attracted many other members. It was disbanded in 1998 having reasonably fulfilled its initial aims. It was in part a youthful reaction to both the Mingei movement and the Momoyama Revival tradition that held sway in Kyoto after the War years. As expressed by one writer ‘their aim was to close the mouth of a vessel’ and in so doing they created sculptural ceramics of great originality. This talk will look at the ideas behind the movement, the influences on it and their ultimate expression in the vessels they produced.
Daniel McOwan is an independent researcher in Japanese and European decorative arts, with particular specialisation in Japanese modernist ceramics of the 20th Century, and European metalwork and glass of the 20th Century. He was the Director of Hamilton Art Gallery for 25 years, has worked in private curating roles, and is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the Tapestry Foundation of Australia.
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