Functional Art in Everyday Life: An Interview with Ceramic Dealer Hirose Ichirō —


— In the early 1990s, the term bijutsu-kōgeihin, or fine art objects, brought to mind expensive pottery or porcelain prized purely for decorative purposes. Such items were usually displayed in major department stores or famous galleries. But this changed with the collapse of the bubble economy in the mid-1990s, and since then seikatsu-kōgeihin, or craft items for everyday use, have gradually grown in popularity…

Image: Toukyo Gallery owner Hirose Ichirō (left) and potter Yokoyama Takuya, courtesy of

May 14, 2019


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