• Elegant Dedications

    Selections of Female artist works by Ippodo Gallery in celebrating Girls Festival

    Ippodo Gallery New York marries the worlds of Japanese reverence and contemporary sensibility. Traditionally celebrated on March 3rd, Hinamatsuri (also called “Girl's Day”) is a Japanese holiday that celebrates girls by praying for their health and well-being. To honor this celebration, Ippodo Gallery highlights works by women artists from our permanent collection and new glass and ceramic artworks by Kiyoko Morioka, Ruri Takeuchi, and Midori Tsukada.

     

    Works in the exhibition include Kaga-inspired crafts and Kutani porcelain paintings by Ruri Takeuchi. Her decorated trinket boxes with adorable animals and delicate figurines in such refined detail may transport the viewer to a magical land. Kiyoko Morioka creates serene porcelain objects with a silky matte finish and graceful curvatures. Her works are as thin as wheel throwing can get.  Midori Tsukada's glassmaking is strongly influenced by training as a metalsmith. Layers of various glass and copper leaf foil sheets fuse in Tsudaka’s work to create organic bubble-like patterns. Their works break away from ceramic tradition and allow themselves to express freely and hopefully inspire women to do the same in their chose field.  

     

    Using a wide range of media, these women produce works with passionate purpose and creative expression. Elegant Dedications: Selections of Female artist works by Ippodo Gallery in celebrating Girls Festival advocates for diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in art and beyond while each artist takes a comprehensive look at traditional Japanese techniques and forms. This dynamic space will welcome visitors to unique perspectives.

     

  • Kiyoko Morioka

    Kiyoko Morioka (b. 1974) began her artistic career studying abroad at Holbek National School of Fine Arts, Kingdom of Denmark. She continued her education at the Ishikawa Prefectural Kutani Yaki Technical Training Institute. Her talent as a ceramicist blossomed as she became certified as a "traditional craftsman" in the Kutani ware section. In 2016, Kiyoko received her Ph.D. at the Kanazawa College of Art. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Crafts of Kobe Design University.

  • Kiyoko Morioka

    Artist at Work

    View Kiyoko's fine craftsmanship as she carefully constructs a teapot. Notice how lightly she caves away beautiful curling pieces of clay away from the body. This short video gives insight into the tranquil making process of Kiyoko's fine work. 

  • Ruri Takeuchi

    Ruri Takeuchi (b. 1978) graduated from the Department of Oriental History at Kyoto Women's University in 1990. Years later, she graduated from Kyoto's School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. Takeuchi trained under Chousa Yamamoto, a renowned porcelain artist. In 2013, she opened her own workshop in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. She applies delicate paintings of plants and animals onto porcelain incense containers and small boxes, bringing them to life with her skillful artistry.

  • Midori Tsukada

    Midori Tsukada (b. 1972) has many degrees from Toyama City Institute of Glass Art and Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobe. Since 2011, Tsukada produces glassworks in her studio in Toyama. She has received numerous accolades in Japan, including the 2001 Honorable Award at the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa and the 2009 Honorable Award at the 4th Exhibition of Contemporary Glass Koganezaki in Shizuoka. Her work is held in public collections all over the world, such as Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Notojima Glass Art Museum, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Koganezaki Christal Park Glass Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (MUDAC), Lausanne (Switzerland), and Philadelphia Museum of Art in the U.S

  • Oceans Formed

    Glass works by Midori Tsukada

    Utilizing gravity in her forms and characterized by her use of the blues and greens produced by copper leaf, she employs highly-skilled techniques-grinding in a spray of water to create lines of minute delicacy or filing, producing a translucence like that of light shining down through the leaves of a forest. They possess a Japanese sensibility evocative rain and dew or bamboo groves, filled with a clear atmosphere and organic energy.

  • Artworks

    • Momoo Omuro Port de Verre Bowl (black), 2017 Glass
      Momoo Omuro
      Port de Verre Bowl (black), 2017
      Glass
    • Momoo Omuro Pate de Verre Bowl, 2017 Glass
      Momoo Omuro
      Pate de Verre Bowl, 2017
      Glass
    • Suikei Saito "Hito" (Human) Calligraphy
      Suikei Saito
      "Hito" (Human)
      Calligraphy
    • Suikei Saito "Inori" (Prayer) Calligraphy
      Suikei Saito
      "Inori" (Prayer)
      Calligraphy
    • Suikei Saito "Jyou" (Emotion) Calligraphy
      Suikei Saito
      "Jyou" (Emotion)
      Calligraphy
    • Suikei Saito "Kai" Calligraphy
      Suikei Saito
      "Kai"
      Calligraphy
    • Suikei Saito "Kuni" (Country) Calligraphy
      Suikei Saito
      "Kuni" (Country)
      Calligraphy
    • Sei Shibusawa 羽化, 2020 Scroll 軸
      Sei Shibusawa
      羽化, 2020
      Scroll
    • Kiyoko Morioka 花器筒型 - Flower vase cylindrical, 2021 Ceramic
      Kiyoko Morioka
      花器筒型 - Flower vase cylindrical, 2021
      Ceramic
    • Kiyoko Morioka ポット (中) - Pot (medium), 2017 Ceramic
      Kiyoko Morioka
      ポット (中) - Pot (medium), 2017
      Ceramic
    • Kiyoko Morioka 茶碗「透雲」(切立) - Tea Bowl "Transparent Cloud" (cylindrical), 2018 Ceramic
      Kiyoko Morioka
      茶碗「透雲」(切立) - Tea Bowl "Transparent Cloud" (cylindrical), 2018
      Ceramic
    • Kiyoko Morioka 茶碗「光の呼吸」(白) - Tea Bowl "Breath of Light" (white), 2018 Ceramic
      Kiyoko Morioka
      茶碗「光の呼吸」(白) - Tea Bowl "Breath of Light" (white), 2018
      Ceramic
    • Kiyoko Morioka Flower vase "Silver crystal" - 鶴首花器「銀結晶」, 2020 Ceramic
      Kiyoko Morioka
      Flower vase "Silver crystal" - 鶴首花器「銀結晶」, 2020
      Ceramic
    • Kiyoko Morioka Black cylindrical vase - 黒筒型鉢 , 2020 Ceramic
      Kiyoko Morioka
      Black cylindrical vase - 黒筒型鉢 , 2020
      Ceramic
    • Kiyoko Morioka 花器鶴首 - Flower vase Crane neck, 2021 Ceramic
      Kiyoko Morioka
      花器鶴首 - Flower vase Crane neck, 2021
      Ceramic
    • Ruri Takeuchi Fuji Tea Bowl "Waka Murasaki", 2018 Ceramic
      Ruri Takeuchi
      Fuji Tea Bowl "Waka Murasaki", 2018
      Ceramic
    • Ruri Takeuchi 鶴亀と松竹梅の香合「千歳」(鶴)金継あり - Incense container with cranes-tortoises and pine-bamboo-plum blossoms with Kintsugi "Chitose" (Crane) , 2019 Ceramic
      Ruri Takeuchi
      鶴亀と松竹梅の香合「千歳」(鶴)金継あり - Incense container with cranes-tortoises and pine-bamboo-plum blossoms with Kintsugi "Chitose" (Crane) , 2019
      Ceramic
    • Ruri Takeuchi 七夕の水指「星祭」- Tanabata Water Jar "Star Festival", 2019 Ceramic
      Ruri Takeuchi
      七夕の水指「星祭」- Tanabata Water Jar "Star Festival", 2019
      Ceramic
    • Ruri Takeuchi Early-Summer Breeze, 2012 Ceramic
      Ruri Takeuchi
      Early-Summer Breeze, 2012
      Ceramic
    • Ruri Takeuchi White Dew, 2019 Ceramic
      Ruri Takeuchi
      White Dew, 2019
      Ceramic
    • Midori Tsukada Natural Lace Glass
      Midori Tsukada
      Natural Lace
      Glass
    • Midori Tsukada Cross Glass
      Midori Tsukada
      Cross
      Glass
    • Midori Tsukada Lu men Glass
      Midori Tsukada
      Lu men
      Glass
    • Midori Tsukada Evening Haze, 2014 Glass
      Midori Tsukada
      Evening Haze, 2014
      Glass
    • Midori Tsukada 刻々と (紫) - Every moment (purple), 2016 Glass
      Midori Tsukada
      刻々と (紫) - Every moment (purple), 2016
      Glass
    • Midori Tsukada 燦々と - radiantly, 2017 Glass
      Midori Tsukada
      燦々と - radiantly, 2017
      Glass