"Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan" will wrap up its North American tour at the Maui Arts & Cutural Center's (MACC) Schaefer International Gallery from Oct. 21 through Jan. 6, 2013.
Showcasing over 80 works of Japanese clay on loan from museums and private collections, the curated exhibit opens a fascinating window into an ancient craft that, for millennia, had shrouded its women artists in obscurity and isolation. This will be the last chance to view the exhibit before it returns to Japan.
In addition to its artistic merit, "Soaring Voices" is a story of triumph. Though women have long been active participants in Japan's renowned ceramic arts, for centuries they were relegated to support roles. Leadership and recognition were reserved exclusively for men. A discernible shift began in the 1950s, when pioneering women ceramists began circumventing centuries of traditional social boundaries. Kyo Tsuji, for example, changed her name from the feminine "Kyoko" to the male "Kyo" in order to display and sell her work.
Atsuko Kubota, “Large Plate with Geometric Pattern”
Photo: Mitsutake Nakamura
The creations of 25 internationally recognized women artists are included in the traveling exhibit, grouped into four generations, including those of the pioneering ceramists who helped pave the way for their younger colleagues. Many of the works are inspired by the natural world--plants, shells, mountains, rivers, and the play of light and shadow--while others draw from other Japanese arts, such as the dance movements of Noh Theater or kimono patterns of the Edo period.
Admission to "Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan" is free.
Schaefer International Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and before shows in MACC's Castle Theater. Ample parking is available for free.
For more information, call 242-ARTS (2787) or visit MauiArts.org.