Sept 6 – Becoming Chigusa Lecture by Louise Cort
6 September, 2018
6:30-7:00 pm Registration & Refreshments
7:00-7:45 pm Lecture
The Hong Kong Club, China & Caernarvon Room, 1 Jackson Road, Central Hong Kong
Non Members $200
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Tea-leaf storage jar, named Chigusa Tea-leaf storage jar (chatsubo)
Southern Song or Yuan dynasty, mid 13th-mid 14th century
Stoneware with iron glaze
H x Diam (a-vessel): 41.6 x 36.6 cm (16 3/8 x 14 7/16 in)
Image by kind permission of Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment, F2016.20.1
Sept 6 - Becoming Chigusa Lecture by Louise Cort
Thursday, Sep 6, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Oriental Ceramic Society is excited to announce a lecture by Louise Cort, Curator for Ceramics at the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C on September 6th titled Becoming Chigusa.
We are all familiar with instances where a kind of object may be plentiful and commonplace in one location but takes on new value for its exotic rarity when it moves elsewhere and becomes one of a kind. The Chinese jar known in Japan by the name Chigusa is one such example, and this talk will tell its story. Beginning as just one of countless identical jars churned out as containers for commercial use, somehow this particular jar ended up in Japan, where it was put to use storing a valuable commodity, tea leaves. The community of tea connoisseurs also found aesthetic merit in the jar’s shape and glaze, leading one owner to give it a personal name, Chigusa, and others to adorn it with costly accessories for display at tea gatherings. Admirers wrote about seeing the jar. We will unpack the documentary and material evidence for Chigusa’s evolving identity and consider the changing meanings of tea-leaf storage jars as a category of object in Japan.
Louise Cort is the Curator for Ceramics at the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Her areas of interest include historical and contemporary ceramics in Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia; Japanese baskets and textiles; and chanoyu in Japan. She is the author of Shigaraki, Potters’ Valley, published in 1979 and reprinted in 2000. In 2008 she prepared (with George Ashley Williams IV and David P. Rehfuss) the online catalogue Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia: Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Her research on earthenware in India was published as Temple Potters of Puri (with Purna Chandra Mishra, 2012).
Cort’s other book-length publications include Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth (with Bert Winther-Tamaki, 2003), Asian Traditions in Clay (with Ann Gunter and Massumeh Farhad, 2000), A Basketmaker in Rural Japan (with Nakamura Kenji, 1995), Joined Colors: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain (with Jan Stuart, 1994), and Seto and Mino Ceramics (1992). She was organizer and principal author of Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries (2013). With Andrew Watsky, she prepared the book and exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea (2014) on the story of the tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa acquired by the Freer.
Event LocationThe Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road
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