The Porcelain Sculpture of Sueharu Fukami
As part of it’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Portland Japanese Garden exhibits work by the internationally acclaimed ceramicist Fukami—whose elegant sculptures are produced by pouring liquid clay into plaster molds—alongside the photography of his longtime friend and patron, the late Jean Vollum. Read our story about how the world-class garden's CEO Steve Bloom and curator Sadafumi Uchiyama seek to reinvent the exquisite, endangered art of Japanese gardening.
If you want an intro or brushup on Fukami and why he's important, here are a couple interesting facts from the Garden:
· Sueharu Fukami has won more awards than any Japanese ceramic artist in history.
· This is the largest solo exhibition of Fukami’s work held outside a museum since a 1986 exhibition in Faenza, Italy.
· Fukami’s work has been exhibited in New York, as well as in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, England, Denmark, and Australia
· A large scale vertical masterpiece of Fukami’s work was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in spring 2013, and a masterpiece from the same limited edition series in now on view in our Pavilion.