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Virtual Fireside Chat: The Wondrous World of Japanese Pottery

Hara Kiyoshi
Hara Kiyoshi

Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Kyoto-based Japanese pottery expert, Robert Yellin, alongside local collectors and enthusiasts, Steve Bloom (CEO, Portland Japanese Garden) and Richard Anderson (member/docent, Portland Japanese Garden). Learn about the different styles of Japanese pottery, universe of techniques and regional varieties in addition to how one could start their own collection.



Imaizumi Imaemon XIII

Yellin, with 40 years of experience at the forefront of Japanese pottery, is one of the most highly-regarded ceramic art specialists in Japan. Anderson, who has lived in Japan for extended periods of time, first discovered his interest in Japanese pottery as he was helping to build an art museum at the largest Buddhist temple complex in Tokyo. Some of the finest pieces from his collection are currently being exhibited at Portland Japanese Garden. Bloom, having visited Japan close to 100 times over his professional life, discovered the beauty and profundity of Japanese pottery early on, and how it is an integral part of Japanese culture and heritage.

This event is a webinar-style format, where Yellin, Bloom, and Anderson will lead an informal discussion. Participants are encouraged to engage by asking questions, which will be answered throughout the evening by the event moderator.

Tokuda Yasokichi III

Portland Japanese Garden currently has two Japanese ceramic art exhibitions on display. Shimaoka Tatsuzo: The Language of Texture in the Pavilion Gallery features one of Japan’s most beloved ceramic artists, Tatsuzo Shimaoka (1919 -2007). 究 (kyu) – The Pinnacles of Japanese Ceramic Art from the Anderson Collection in the Tanabe Gallery, is a unique exhibition of shuki (sake vessels) by all 38 of Japan’s best ceramic artists (aka Living National Treasures).


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The recorded video will be shared following this virtual event.