The New Golden Age of Japanese Ceramics

1950 to the Present

April 4, 2013

Press Release

The Japanese Art Society of America is hosting a lecture presented by Joan B. Mirviss, The New Golden Age of Japanese Ceramics: 1950 to the Present, honoring the career of Dr. Frederick Baekeland. The lecture will take place at The Marymount School, 1026 Fifth Avenue at 84th Street, New York City. It will begin ay 6 PM on April 4th.
The talk is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend please contact Christy Laidlaw, Administrative Secretary to RSVP via email: japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or phone: 917 658-3955.

In the post WWII era, Japan emerged from the ashes of battle to once again begin an ascent to ceramic greatness that has come to inspire the world with three generations of claymasters in what is arguably a New Golden Age that far exceeds the accomplishments of the Momoyama era.

This lecture will start with the mingei (folk-art) tradition personified by Hamada Shôji followed by the avant-garde Sôdeisha movement led by Yagi Kazuo, the giants of modern functional ceramics to the rise of the next generation of creative masters and teachers such as Akiyama Yô and Fukami Sueharu. In tandem with this, the talk will also explore the critical role played by Frederick Baekeland and other westerners in first recognizing then promoting and exhibiting the work of these groundbreaking artists.

Joan B. Mirviss is an expert and leading dealer in Japanese art, specializing in modern and contemporary ceramics, ukiyo-e prints, and paintings. Ms. Mirviss received her M.A. in Japanese art history from Columbia University, has curated several museum exhibitions, authored numerous books and articles on various aspects of Japanese art, and has lectured widely at museums and universities in the United States and Japan.


The Japanese Art Society of America promotes the study and appreciation of Japanese art. Founded in 1973 by collectors of Japanese prints, the society’s mission has expanded to included related fields of Japanese art. Current members include collectors, scholars, dealers and art enthusiasts from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Benefits of membership include: Impressions, our peer-reviewed annual journal that is the only English language publication in North America devoted to the arts of Japan; quarterly Newsletters, and special trips, events and lectures. For more information about JASA please visit our website www.japaneseartsoc.org