Nara native Kenkichi Tomimoto (1886-1963), who was inspired by his best friend, the well-known British ceramicist Bernard Leach, first made rakuyaki ware — a low-fired ceramic often used for tea ceremony utensils — in 1913. Now considered a master of ceramics, Tomimoto would explore original expressions, paying close attention to the history and tradition of patterns on ceramic. He did not, however, just imitate ancient ceramic ware, but extensively researched the craft and often made sketches of natural, inspiring motifs.

Some 120 works have been selected to showcase Tomimoto’s unique design aesthetic. On Sept. 17, there will also be a special lecture from 1:30 p.m. by the director of the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art (no additional charge, 50 seats); till Oct. 10.

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art; (0742) 23-3968; 10-6 Noborioji-cho, Nara-shi; 5-min. walk from Kintetsu Nara Station (Exit 1), Kintetsu Nara Line. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥600. Closed Mon., Sept. 20; open Sept. 19, Oct. 10. www.pref.nara.jp/dd_aspx_menuid-11842.htm.

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