Special Exhibition “Feeling the Jazz Spirit – The Ceramic Art of Kumakura Junkichi and 21st Century Artists”
Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, June 17, 2018

“I tried to somehow capture in clay the jazz music I love in my daily life,” wrote ceramic artist Kumakura Junkichi. Through jazz, Kumakura engaged the spirit of his generation to feel the vibration of the human soul.
In this exhibition, we introduce the early works of Kumakura, his works reflecting the generation inspired by jazz music, and his vessels influenced by the stimulation he found in Shigaraki during the peak of the graphic design movement. In addition to Kumakura, the exhibition introduces the work of eight 21st century artists who were influenced by Kumakura’s passionate spirit. Kumakura tried to capture his generation through jazz music; what do these modern artists use as signposts for their expressive paths?

description of works


ARTIST  Junkichi Kumakura
SIZE 51×52×33cm










ARTIST  Junkichi Kumakura
SIZE  38×40×31cm








SIZE  15㎝×15㎝×15㎝=100piece of installations







Special Exhibition “Figurative Earthenware of the World”
Sunday, June 24 – Monday, September 24, 2018

Earthenware vessels created in countries around the world are made with materials and methods unique to each locality, with patterns and forms expressing natural or ancestral spirits or venerated animals. These vessels are imbued with hopes and prayers from the daily lives of the people who use them. They are an art form expressive of the characteristics of countries where they are created.
This exhibition presents figurative earthenware collected on research trips in 1990 from countries around the world, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala.


Aibom village , Independent State of Papua New Guinea
「Metroxylon sagu of Storage for pot」 1990


Aibom village , Independent State of Papua New Guinea
「a plate」 1990

Special Exhibition “Masters of Beauty Who Were Charmed by Shigaraki”
Saturday, October 6 – Thursday, December 20, 2018

The pottery village of Shigaraki has a proud tradition dating to medieval times. Shigaraki is the home of a rich culture of ceramics, giving birth to wood fired ware with natural ash glaze and a wide variety of other types of pottery. Fascinated by the history and technology that have supported people’s lives here over many generations, many well-known artists have made the journey to Shigaraki. These include Tomimoto Kenkichi, the master of contemporary ceramics; Yagi Kazuo and Kumakura Junkichi, pioneers of modern ceramic art; and Okamoto Taro from the world of painting and sculpture. How did they make their way to Shigaraki, and what kind of work did they create here?
This exhibition will trace the steps of these artists as we explore anew the attraction of Shigaraki ceramics.


Kenkichi Tomimoto 
「土焼鉄描銅彩大和風景大皿」/Platter on drawing around alley
worked by 1929


Kitaoujirosanjin calligraph「樂山樂水」 worked by 1925〜1939

Special Exhibition “Ceramic Flowers – Flower Viewing in a Museum”
Tuesday, March 12 – Sunday, June 9, 2019

The season is spring, and the exhibition will be full of flowers. Flowers have been an expressive theme in art across a variety of genres since ancient times. Ceramic art is no exception, and traditional Oriental potteries are often decorated with elaborate floral designs. In the field of modern ceramics as well, many artists are inspired by the powerful life force, beauty, impermanence, and purity of the plant world, and they interpret these elements to create unique expressions.
This exhibition will explore the expressive world of flowers in ceramic art over the generations.


Etsuko Tajima「Cornucopia 97-Ⅲ」


kotouware「色絵牡丹図鉢」/bowl on drawing peony flower
edo late period