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Inspired by the British ceramist Bernard Leach, Kenkichi Tomimoto decided to pursue a career as a ceramicist at the beginning of Taisho Era. He was also influenced by Soetsu Yanagi, who spearheaded the Mingei (folk arts) movement, and succeeded in creating a new style of gold and silver embellished pottery called kinginsai. Uichi Shimizu is famous for his use of iron glaze, while Kosei Matsui is an expert of neriage, a technique that requires using a delicate mix of contrasting clays.

All three artisans are designated National Living Treasures and this exhibition showcases 175 of their works; Dec. 15-Feb. 24.

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