The District Clay Gallery and the Washington DC Chapter No.1 of Ikebana International Presents Floating Islands: Ceramic Vessels for Ikebana at the Japanese Information and Cultural Center.

By Editorial Team on August 20, 2018

Fri, 24 August 2018 - Wed, 31 October 2018

Work by Akira Satake. Courtesy of The District Clay Gallery and the Washington DC Chapter No.1 of Ikebana International.
Opening: Friday, August 24 from 7pm to 9pm

The District Clay Gallery is excited to announce that fourteen ceramic masters from the United States will be presenting their interpretations of vessels designed for use in Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging at an exhibition at the Japanese Information and Cultural Center.

Made from fire, clay and glaze, nearly 30 ceramic vessels will open at the Japanese Information Cultural and Center (JICC). on Friday evening, August 24th and then move to the District Clay Gallery on September 29th. The show is the largest collection of ceramic ikebana vessels by American artists in over a decade.

The exhibition is co-hosted by the District Clay Gallery and the Washington DC Chapter No.1 of Ikebana International and sponsored by the Ceramic Department of the University of Marymount. For representative pictures, please click here.

Akira Satake, the show curator, described his vision, “This exhibition arguably features some of the most talented potters working in the US today, together with special guest artist, Japanese Master Potter Ken Matsuzaki.  A number of the American potters have lived and studied in Japan, honing their art in accordance with Japanese aesthetics and then bringing back Japanese techniques of making and firing.  These potters have influenced ceramic trends in the US and Europe, and even had an impact on the new generation of potters in Japan.

Ikebana, known in Japan as kado or “the way of the flower”, traces its lineage back over 700 years. Centered in the Buddhist philosophy of finding harmony in the natural world, ikebana arrangements are typically simple, dramatic and create a sense of movement by incorporating empty space into the compositions. The ikebana vessel that contains the arrangement is an integral part of the presentation.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Birdie Boone
  • Peter Callas
  • Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish
  • Erica Iman
  • Jan-McKeachie-Johnston
  • Randy Johnston
  • Ani Kasten
  • Simon Levin
  • Ken Matsuzaki
  • Sangjoon Park
  • Tim Rowan
  • Akira Satake
  • Jeff Shapiro
  • Catherine White

The Friday, August 24, 7-9 pm presentation by Akira Satake, curator, and Artists of Ikebana International. Three ceramic vessels from the show will feature ikebana arrangements by teachers from Ikebana International.

Show dates: at the JICC: Aug 24-Sept 28th; at the District Clay Gallery: Sept 29 – Oct 31

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An additional viewing & sales will be held from 11:00am – 1:00pm on October 10th at the Ikebana International Luncheon & Demo with Japanese Ikebana artist Rumiko Manako.

JICC is located at 1150 18th St. NW #100.

District Clay Gallery is located at 2414 Douglas St. NE.