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Presented By: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

Subject Matter: Clay As Soft Power

University of Michigan Museum of Art

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This Pottery Changed The Course of Global History — Seriously

Shigaraki ware ceramics transformed the American public’s image of Japan, helping the country shift its identity from World War II enemy to Cold War ally to global cultural change maker. Join UMMA curators Natsu Oyobe and Dave Choberka for an exploration of Shigaraki ware’s earthy tones, rough clay surfaces, and global intrigue.   

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the U-M Office of the Provost, the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the Japan Foundation, James M. Trapp, Nancy and Joe Keithley, and the William C. Weese, M.D. Endowment for Ceramic Arts.  

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