Embassy of Japan in New Zealand



Handcrafted Form:
Traditions and Techniques

Saturday 25 November 2017 - Monday 22 January 2018
Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre (9am - 4pm, 7 days)

About this exhibition

This travelling exhibition introduces two different groups of craft objects; works nurtured within and for daily life, and creative works made in a workshop environment.

The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, creating works balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. The other works are those crafted in small-scale regional workshops which persisted through an age of industrialisation, when much of Japan’s craft objects became mass produced. This gave rise to superior artisans and idiosyncratic artists who influenced each other to create the well-known depth and quality of Japan’s handcrafted goods.

You can expect to see materials including ceramics, textiles, metal work, lacquer ware, wood, bamboo, paper and many others.

More information and captions written by the chief curator, Kazuko Todate


Duration: Saturday 25 November 2017 - Monday 22 January 2018*

* Christmas Hours - see the venue website above.

Admission: Free

Some artwork photos

Expolre the crafts of Japan

Mr. Shinya Maezaki, Associate Professor of Kyoto Women’s University, Faculty of Home Economics, Department of Apparel and Space Design, whose research field is in Aesthetics and History of Art, held a special lecture, giving insights into the Japanese crafts as seen in Handcraft Form: Traditions and Techniques on 25 November 2017 at the exhibition venue.

To listen the lecture, click HERE (mp4 format)

To explore more the crafts of Japn, go to the fantactic information source - Google Arts & Culture that Associate Professor Mr. Maezaki extensively contributes.

Additional information about the lecturer's contribution is below;


Japan Foundation - Traveling exhibition

The Japan Foundation continuously conducts the “Traveling Exhibitions Program” to introduce Japanese arts and culture overseas.

The traveling exhibitions include a wide range of exhibitions from those which introduce traditional Japanese beauty such as ceramic art, craft and Japanese dolls to those which showcase the reality of modern Japan such as contemporary art, photography, architecture and designs.  Approximately twenty permanent traveling exhibitions are on the road throughout the year, appearing in over 100 art galleries, museums and cultural facilities

These traveling exhibitions are co-organised by the Japan Foundation and diplomatic missions abroad, with the cooperation of the art galleries, museums and cultural organizations in each country.

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