Chado Research Center Galleries
2017 Spring & Summer Exhibition
Pottery Tour: Kyoto, Shiga
 Spring term: April 26 – June 25, 2017
 Summer term: July 5 – September 10, 2017

The exhibition poster

From about the 12th century on, a great many pottery production centers have come into existence in Japan. There have been the Shigaraki, Bizen, Tamba, Echizen, Seto, and Tokoname pottery centers, well-known as the six old kiln sites of Japan's middle ages. There have also been other kiln sites which developed ceramic ware styles representative of Japan. Combined with the many smaller-scale centers which were founded around the first half of the 19th century, which was a booming era for the founding of kilns, the number of pottery production centers through Japan’s history is roughly estimated to be several hundred. Only a fraction of them are widely known today.
      In order to throw light on the wide variety of ceramics produced at different locations within the Kinki region from the 12th to the mid-19th centuries — the "middle ages" to the latter part of the "early modern period" in Japanese cultural history — the Chado Research Center is taking up a large number of examples and initiating an exhibition series which introduces local wares from different areas of the Kinki region.
      The 2017 spring & summer exhibition, the first of the "Pottery Tour" series, focuses on the ceramics of Kyoto, which were keenly admired for their cosmopolitan design and high technical level, together with the diverse attraction of the ceramics of Shiga prefecture, including such products as the traditional old wares, the ceramics from the private kiln of the feudal Hikone clan, and the ceramics produced by potters invited from Kyoto.
      The exhibits will change significantly between the spring term and summer term.

Hours: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Closing time for entry and tea service: 4:00 P.M.
Days closed: Every Monday except May 1 and July 17.
           Also closed between the terms (June 26-July 4), and on Tuesday July 18.
Admission fee:
          Regular: JPY700.
          University students, JPY400. Jr. and Sr. High students, JPY300.
          Children below Jr. High, and students of membership schools, free.
 The admission ticket comes with a complimentary ticket for tea service.

Kyoto city's old Kiyomizu ware. Overglaze polychrome enamel censer in the shape of an insect cage. Collection of the Chado Research Center.
Shiga prefecture's Koto ware. Overglaze gold and polychrome enamel matching set of implements with flowers-and-bird decoration painted by the late Edo period artisan named Meiho (dates unknown).

Shiga prefecture's Konan ware. Fan-shaped mukozuke dishes replicating old sometsuke ware, with landscape decoration. Made by Eiraku Hozen (1795-1854). Collection of the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Kyoto city's Omuro ware. Tall tea caddy with black "candy glaze," made by the renowned potter Nonomura Ninsei. Named Washinoyama (Eagle's Mountain). Collection of Konnichian. Shiga prefecture's Shigaraki ware. Squat-shaped flower container with "woven fence" pattern. Named Seikai (Green Moss).