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Kylie Johnson

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Queensland Arts - Visual > Ceramics, Pottery And Glass
To study the Japanese art of Kintsugi and explore successful models of gallery spaces for ceramics - Japan
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Lessons and Conclusions:

The lessons learnt from the study of Kintsugi extend far beyond the practicalities of the hands on part of the craft. Like most things in Japanese culture there are many reasons and philosophies behind the making. When studying Kintsugi I learnt more about my practice as a maker, my patience and skill level. But I also found that, as with most creative activity, time is the main ingredient to make things work and achieve the best outcome.

The study of galleries was also eye opening. In some ways I feel Japanese and Australian gallerists are more alike than different in our desire to create a beautiful space and represent the work and the artists’ best interests. Although Japanese gallery owners have the advantage of hundreds of years of respect and understanding of ceramics in their culture, they also meet the challenges to make ceramic art relevant in a fast-moving 21st century world.

From both these studies I intend to disseminate the knowledge, information and skills gained through exhibitions, articles for craft and ceramic magazines and talks, and hopefully, in time, teach Kintsugi myself and facilitate one of my teachers to come and teach an intense course here in Australia.

Key words: Kintsugi, Repair, Urushi, Kyoto, Nara, Shigaraki, Tokyo, Ceramics, Gallery, Pottery

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