Williamsburg Gallery to Exhibit Traditional Pottery from Fukushima

Continuing to Create Tradition – by the Aizu Hongouyaki Association

Thursday, December 9 through Thursday, December 23
Public Opening Reception: Saturday, December 11 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

HACO Project Space – 31 Grand Street, Brooklyn

Admission: Free

Aizu hongouyaki is a 400-year-old traditional craft originating from Aizumisato in Fukushima Prefecture. Aizumisato is blessed with natural resources, where the earth is filled with both clay and stone. Thanks to this unique abundance of materials, unlike most kiln sites in Japan, potters in Aizumisato are able to produce works in both ceramic (clay) and porcelain (stone).

At its peak production period, the town flourished with more than 100 kiln owners. Today, there are only thirteen remaining kiln owners continuing to practice aizu hongouyaki. United by their craftsmanship and region, the kiln owners formed the Aizu Hongouyaki Association with the mission to continue to create tradition. Yet, they are able to adapt and refine their techniques and styles in reaction to the changes in time and generations.

HACO, a gallery space in Williamsburg, is presenting twelve of the thirteen kiln owners for the first time in New York City. The exhibition will introduce aizu hongouyaki with the goal to continue tradition by taking inspiration from the past and leaving them as heritage for tomorrow.

Continuing to Create Tradition invites guests to see, touch, and feel the passion the Aizu Hongouyaki Association brings toward this hidden tradition that roots us to our past and strives to move us forward into the future together. To register for the opening reception, please visit HACO Project Space’s Eventbrite page.

Gallery Hours

Monday through Saturday from noon until 6:00 p.m.
Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Aizu Hongouyaki Kiln owners

Munakata Mayumi