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Rustic Beauty, Refined Beauty: Contrasts in Japanese Ceramic Aesthetics

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Rustic Beauty, Refined Beauty: Contrasts in Japanese Ceramic Aesthetics

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Thursday, May 27
1:00 p.m. PT
Speaker: Heather Simmerman

In this survey of Japanese ceramics from prehistoric times to the modern era, we will see social, religious, and political influences that were expressed in the medium of ceramics during the history of Japan. Examples of wares and works from all three realms of ceramic design and production, i.e. applied, decorative, and fine art ceramics, will show that expressions of both rustic and refined aesthetic traditions remain vibrant today.

Heather Simmerman was born and raised in the Chicago area, frequently visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University, then pursued a career in the biotech industry. She is a member of the Museum’s Asian Arts Council  and its associated study group, as well as a docent in training at the Museum.

Please note, this session will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

Reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council.

Featured: Recumbent bottle (yokobe), Japan, late 6th century. Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Sue ware). Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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May 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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