Director of the Crafts Study Centre, Simon Olding, travelled to Japan on 27th February 2019 for a research trip supported by an ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant.
He explored, along with Koichiro Isaka, the Director of the St Ives Ceramics Gallery in Tokyo, the possibility of an exhibition of mainly two-dimensional work relating to the Potter Bernard Leach. He visited museums and private collections in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Kurashiki and Kyoto in the hope an exhibition can be planned in 2020, the centenary year of the founding of the Leach Pottery by Leach and Shoji Hamada in St Ives.
Simon wrote a blog during his visit. You can enjoy reading this, and see images from his visit, on the Craft Study Centre’s website http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/directors-research-visit-to-japan-2019
We will shortly publish the full report from Simon’s visit as a Case Study on the ICOM UK website.