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Genesis of a Genius:
The Early Ceramics of Fukami Sueharu

FROM:  April 1 to June 28, 2003

Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center

The Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute
for Japanese Art at The Clark Center
15770 Tenth Avenue
Hanford, CA 93230-9533
tel: 559/582-4915
fax: 559/582-9546

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Early Ceramics of Fukami SueharuEarly Ceramics of Fukami Sueharu

Early Ceramics of Fukami SueharuEarly Ceramics of Fukami Sueharu

Early Ceramics of Fukami SueharuEarly Ceramics of Fukami Sueharu

Hanford, California: The Lee Institute is proud to announce the opening of its spring exhibition, featuring recently acquired ceramic sculpture by acclaimed Japanese ceramicist Fukami Sueharu. Fukami is one of Japan's most renowned ceramic artists, both in Asia and the West.  Born in 1947, Kyoto-based Fukami is best known for his luminous pale-blue glazed abstract porcelains that are technical and aesthetic feats of clay. While including some of his contemporary masterpieces, the exhibition will showcase Fukami' s early developmental and experimental works, dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, including his relatively unknown works in stoneware.

Fukami was born into a family of porcelain artists, and joined their ranks at age 20.  He has forged his own way however, working in an original, inventive, and witty style that explores texture and form, and pushes the limits of porcelain as a medium. His porcelains are inspired by the fine ceramics of Song Dynasty (960-1279) China, widely considered the Golden Age of Chinese ceramic glazes, yet they are also profoundly modern.

Fukami has received international acclaim for his ceramics, and has received 28 prizes from juried exhibitions, including several grand prizes at international exhibitions. Genesis of Genius is the first retrospective exhibition of the early works of this great artist, with examples produced between 1964 and 1990, and including the very first piece he made at the age of 14.

*For members of the press: select images of the objects in this exhibition can be viewed by visiting our website at and clicking on the "Upcoming Exhibitions" link. High-resolution versions of these images are also available upon request.

The Lee Institute houses a permanent collection of important Japanese screen and scroll paintings, sculpture, and art objects ranging in date from the 8th to the 21st centuries.  It is considered among of the finest collections of its kind in the United States, and holds 3 to 4 rotating exhibitions annually. The Institute is located 6 miles south of Hanford at 15770 Tenth Avenue.  The gallery and reference library are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Docent tours of the exhibition are held each Saturday at 1:00 pm.  Special docent-led group tours can be arranged in advance by calling (559) 582-4915. Admission is free.  




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