Kogei-Kyoto Ceramic Artist Demonstrations


Monday, September 9, 2019, 10:00am to 5:00pm


Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston

ceramic sculpture of a seated deer by IMAI MakimasaKogei-Kyoto Artists Demonstrations
Monday, September 9 2019

The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard is proud to host four influential ceramic artists from the artists group,
Kogei-Kyoto crafts collective of Kyoto, Japan to share their techniques for creating their works in clay. Two simultaneous artist demonstrations in the morning by 
Makimasa Imai and Takehiro Kato and two demonstrations in the afternoon by Teruko Ide and Ryozo Shibata will give registered participants the opportunity to appreciate the range of techniques used by these artists.

This event is one of several events held in recognition of the 60thanniversary of Boston’s first formal Sister City partnership signed with the City of Kyoto on June 24, 1959. An exhibition featuring the work of these and other artists from the Artists Group Kogei-Kyoto will open on September 10 at the Society of Arts + Crafts in the Seaport area of Boston. Kogei-Kyoto x SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Craft will remain on view at SA+C through November 12.

The artist group Kogei-Kyoto was established in 2006 to support and promote the work of artists whose work embodies a kogei sensibility. Kogei, much like the word “craft” in English, can be hard to define in words. Kogei-Kyoto suggests that an object made by one maker according to their personal ideas may be considered kogei. Today, the Kogei-Kyoto crafts collective includes one cultural history researcher and more than 30 artists working in media such as ceramics, fabric dyeing, Urushi (lacquer), metal, wood, glass, and doll making. For more about the meaning of kogei, please visit the Kogei-Kyoto website.

Images of four ceramic works. top, L-R: Crane shaped vessel; graphite-colored bowl; Bottom, L-R: two round sculptures with installed in room; blue and white amorphous bowl form
Top, left to right: Crane shaped vessel by Makimasa Imai; Air by Takehiro Kato. Bottom, left to right: Circulation by Teruko Ide; Namiutsu Utsuwa by Ryozo Shibata

For more information about events in Boston around the 60thAnniversary of the Boston and Kyoto Sister City partnership, visit the Japan Society of Boston.

Thank you to the Consulate General of Japan in Boston for making this event possible.

Registration: Adult Community enrolled in a Fall 2019 course at the Ceramics Program: $50.00, Adult Community not enrolled in a course $100.00, Harvard Graduate Students $25.00, Free for Harvard College Undergraduates.

Register for this workshop

Morning: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Demonstrations by Makimasa Imai and Takehiro Kato
Lunch: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Afternoon: 2:00 – 5:00
Demonstrations by Teruko Ide and Ryozo Shibata


artist Makimasa Imai with a sculpture of a catMakimasa Imai
Born in Kyoto 1961
Part-time lecturer at Hiroshima City University / Director of Kyoto KOGEI Artists Society.



Takehiro Kato working on the potters wheelTakehiro Kato
Born in Kyoto 1968

NITTENjunior member


Teruko Ide working on the potters wheelTeruko Ide
Born in Osaka 1947




Ryozo Shibata working on the wheelRyozo Shibata
Born in Kyoto 1952
Regular member, also secretary of Kinki branch of NIHON-KOGEI-*KAI.




photos ofceramic artworks: a bird sculpture, a red tea bowl, a black box with wavy orange lines on top, and a blue and white bowl.
From left to right: Bird shaped Incense Burner by Makimasa Imai; Scarlet Rain Tea Bowl by Takehiro Kato; Nature of the Universe by Teruko Ide; Sometsuke-bachi by Ryozo Shibata.