Making of Ao-Hagi: Tune of Blue



Ao-hagi, ceramics, blue, indigo, The Nippon Club, NYC, Japan, Susumu Notomi, Mari Kimura, Jun Shirasu, violin, ukiyo-e

Making of Ao-Hagi: Tune of Blue

Wednesday, November 8 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

The Nippon Club – 145 W. 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), 2nd Floord

Admission: $20/$15 The Nippon Club Members

The human realm is surrounded by vast blue: the blue of the ocean, the blue of the sky, and the blue of outer space. In response to such aesthetic captivation, human cultures worldwide have produced art and monuments that celebrate the beauty of blue. The Nippon Club will present an aesthetic of blue through music, ceramics, and a lecture on ukiyo-e.

Susumu Notomi creates Ao-Hagi (Blue Hagi-yaki) by mixing soil with glaze. By altering the balance he brings about rich gradation from deep blue like indigo to pale blue like the white waves of the sea. Director of HAGI Ceramic Artists Association, Notomi is a member of the Japan Arts Crafts Association and the Yamaguchi branch of the Japan Crafts Council.

Violinist Mari Kimura, who serves on the Faculty of Music Technology at The Juilliard School and the renowned developer of subharmonics on the violin, takes inspiration from the works of Notomi. She will perform a violin piece composed for the making of Ao-Hagi ceramics.

Jun Shirasu, an Azulejo Artist active in Europe, will deliver a talk on the history of blue and Edo Blue in ukiyo-e.

The event will be conducted in Japanese and English.

For more information and to register, please contact Ms. Honda at 212.581.2223 or email her at