Japanese Women (clay) Artists

Right now there is a great exhibition at the Smith College Art Museum.

Japanese Women  Artists. 90% clay plus some woven screens that are  beautiful. The work is technically astounding. The most intricate, time consuming,  ways of working clay that you can imagine.

All of the work is fantastically detailed and carefully executed. My problem is that artistically,  it falls short.  Some of the pieces are almost silly. That is not to say that all the work is weird. There are many gorgeous  pots and pieces of sculpture. There is also a five minute film loop of one of the women working. Don’t miss it.

The display is beautiful except that you have to squat to read the labels. Some works, one can walk up to and others are in cases. I found myself walking up to a case and muttering  “WOW!”

I think that this show is a must see for anyone working in clay.

Michael Cohen

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1 Response to “Japanese Women (clay) Artists”


  1. 1 steve hoy January 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    i was standing back to see that the artworks are farmore closer to sculptures than vases and pottery, which pararrells my thoughts of ceramic works, thankyou, for your time.


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