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  • Portrait of Mokuan Shuyu

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    During the Medieval period, artists strove to be both realistic in their portrayal of the physical attributes of the sitter, and also to convey something about the sitter's character.

  • Metavoid 4

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    Although the form of this sculpture may look accidental, artist Yō Akiyama is meticulous in his pursuit of an image that he first preconceived in his mind. Akiyama's work combines a strong technical skill with a spirit of avant-garde experimentation.

  • Large Faceted Jar (Hakuji mentori otsubo)

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    Kō Takenaka is a specialist in using Kyoto white porcelain, a material known for its delicacy in texture and structure. Like the Korean ceramics that he is inspired by, Takenaka removes all evidence of the artist’s hand when finishing his works.

  • Vessel With Inlaid Multicolor Glazes (Saiseki zogan utsuwa)

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    The artist Eiko Kishi created this work using a technique she invented called “colored inlay” (saiseki zōgan). She creates a clay form, cuts many tiny holes in its surface, then inlays bits of hardened clay, pigment, and glaze. The result is reminiscent of stone yet still retains the essential properties of ceramic objects.

  • Iga-Ware Faceted Flower Vase (Ige mentori hanaire)

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    The artist Shirō Tsujimura created this work by taking a large block of clay and slicing off large chunks of it with a fish knife. He then fired the piece (unglazed) in an Anagama kiln dug into a hillside. He left the vase buried for 10 years before he unearthed it in 2003, proclaiming the piece finished.

  • Clay Image: The First Branch (Deisho: Saisho no eda)

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    The artist Osamu Suzuki is an important figure in modern Japanese ceramics. His "clay images" are inspired by nature; each meant to capture an aspect of its essence.

  • Pineapple Box-S

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    The artist Kimiyo Mishima creates realistic clay sculptures of things that society typically discards; newspapers, magazines, boxes and advertisements. She renders each with painstaking care, crafting, glazing, firing and silk-screening each form to achieve a highly realistic effect.

  • Traditional Architecture

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  • A Sign to a Temple

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    A Sign for the Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple located in the Ueno neighborhood of Tokyo.

  • Baseball Practice

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