Asia Week New York 2014

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Inheriting Heritage: The Power of Hands-on Art based on Material and Process

Over the past decade, contemporary Japanese crafts have received considerable attention overseas as well as at home. Japanese crafts including dyeing, natural lacquer work, metalworking, woodworking, and bamboo craft – which is more appreciated in the United States than it is in Japan – arose in the unique natural environment and climate of Japan, and over the centuries an enormously abundant range of materials and techniques has evolved. Among the art forms, pottery and ceramics stand out as perhaps the most richly expressive of all, with a history stretching back approximately 13,000 years and a truly diverse pantheon of artists working in the medium.

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