Elegance in Iron: The Art of the Japanese Tetsubin

September 29 – December 6, 2009 In 18th century Kyoto, literary men with an interest in Chinese learning rebelled against the formalized manner of the Japanese tea ceremony and took up the Chinese habit of drinking steeped tea. By century’s end, this act of defiance had led to the development of the tetsubin, the Japanese cast-iron teakettle. This exhibition draws from the outstanding collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kramer and features more than 90 tetsubin from the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the affluence of the urban merchant class, which …

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Ceramic Sculptures of Jun Kaneko

December 22, 2009 – March 7, 2010 Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942. He came to the United States in 1963 to continue his painting studies at Chouinard Institute of Art where his focus was drawn to sculptural ceramics through his introduction to Fred Marer and his extensive collection of artworks by contemporary California artists. At this time he also studied with many of the artists who formed The Contemporary Ceramics Movement such as Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, John Mason and Jerry Rothman. The following decade, Kaneko taught at …

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