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Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan
October 21 - January 6
Opening Reception on Saturday, October 20

Etsuko Tashima, Cornucopia 04-Y’IV, 2004, Stoneware and glass (left)
Yasuko Sakurai, White Flower, 2000, Porcelain (right)

This international traveling museum exhibition presents the rich and innovative ceramic culture of Japan through the exquisite works of 25 female artists. Four generations of award-winning artists, working in both sculptural and traditional forms, demonstrate the superb creativity of women in a field generally governed by men.

Participating Artists

  • Ikuko Ando
  • Masuko Emi
  • Sachiko Fujino
  • Fuku Fukumoto
  • Kakun Hayashi
  • Kyoko Hori
  • Nanako Kaji
  • Chieko Katsumata
  • Eiko Kishi
  • Junko Kitamura
  • Shoko Koike
  • Kiyoko Koyama
  • Atsuko Kubota
  • Yuriko Matsuda
  • Kimiyo Mishima
  • Yuki Nakaigawa
  • Yasuko Sakurai
  • Mariko Shibata
  • Ayumi Shigematsu
  • Sachiko Shimizu
  • Etsuko Tashima
  • Kyoko Tokumaru
  • Asuka Tsuboi

We honor these pioneering women who have passed on:

  • Takako Araki
  • Kyo Tsuji

Mahalo to Co-curators

  • Hiroko Miura
  • Maya Nishi

Discover works that demonstrate a range of methods, materials and motifs, many inspired from the natural world, ancient literature and Noh traditions, and some charming ceramic surprises. The curators hope that these eloquent works of Japan’s outstanding women artists will move viewers with a Japanese beauty and serenity whose existence seems to have been forgotten in this age of technology and globalization.

Soaring Voices was developed by The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture, and hus-10, Inc., Tokyo, Japan and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists,Washington, DC. It is supported in part by the S&R Foundation, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui - Office of Economic Development, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Old Lāhaina Lū‘au and SpeediShuttle with additional support from University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

Soaring Voices is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue produced by the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It features full-color photographs of the ceramics and individual essays by the artists who tell their own stories and explain their diverse techniques, mediums and influences.. The catalogue also includes a substantial essay section written by Louise Cort of the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and other highly recognized curators who explain the evolution of women’s roles in ceramic making in Japan and why an exhibition of this nature takes place at this time.

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