They drew their name, Sôdeisha, literally, "Crawling Through Mud Association," from a Chinese ceramic glazing term, to express their complete absorption with their medium and its inherent limitations. "This is far-and-away the most successful exhibition of my 35-year career," said Joan Mirviss, who worked more than ten years to bring all the elements together. "Both the show itself and its accompanying book have reaped great praise as 'ground-breaking,' 'unprecedented,' 'eye-opening,' and even 'prescient,'given the parallels to war-ravaged Japan from which this movement emerged and today's catastrophic environment in northeastern Japan."

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