Japanese Handcrafted Form: Traditions and Techniques

Presenter: Dr Shinya Maezaki
  • Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017 to Thursday, 23 November 2017
  • Time: 06:00PM to 07:30PM
  • Location: UC Arts City Campus (Old Chemistry Building), Christchurch Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Boulevard
  • Ticket: Free

The Japan Foundation conducts the Traveling Exhibitions Program to introduce Japanese arts and culture overseas, including a wide range of areas from modern architecture to traditional ceramics.


In 2018 the exhibition will be about Japanese handcrafted form. In Japan people are surrounded by utilitarian craft objects that have been brought into being and nurtured within our daily lives. By making the most of the raw materials of each craft—ceramics, textiles, metal work, lacquer ware, wood and bamboo work, paper, etc.—and using the techniques appropriate to each, they have sophisticated daily items to combine ease of use with beauty.


In conjunction with the travelling exhibition which will be held in February 2018, Dr Shinya Maezaki, Associate Professor of Kyoto Women's University, will make a special pre-lecture about Japanese handcrafted artworks at the same venue. In this talk, he will show us many aspects of Japanese handcrafted form and explore the world of traditions, techniques, art, beauty, tradition and craftsmanship with you.

Dr Shinya MAEZAKI
Associate Professor of Kyoto Women’s University

Dr Shinya MAEZAKI graduated from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan, and received a doctoral degree in the History of Japanese Art from University of London. He specialises in the history of Japanese decorative art of the 19th and 21th centuries. While teaching students at university, he enthusiastically works on researching as well as writing books. Now his focus expands from handicrafts to decoration and space designing with Japanese beauty to enrich daily life. In his recent work, he collaborated with Google Art to launch a new website to promote Japanese traditional handicrafts overseas.

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