2 Talks by Ceramic Artist Julia Nema

Julia Nema is an award-winning ceramic artist, designer and painter based in Budapest. Her studio is the only ceramic workshop in Hungary using a high-temperature, wood-fired kiln for production. In 2013, she travelled to Japan on a Japan Foundation fellowship, on an extensive study trip to various kiln sites, artists’ studios and major ceramics collections. This journey fueled her passion for Japanese wood-fired ceramics, and provided the material for her book, Fired up High: Approaches to Wood-fired Ceramics, the first and only book on wood-fired ceramics to be published in Hungary. In her two talks at JFT, she will share her knowledge and love of yakishime, and provide a strong context for viewing the on-going travelling exhibition, Yakishime – Earth Metamorphosis.


The Taste of Clay – Ceramic artist Julia Nema on the beauty of yakishime

Monday, July 4    6:30 pm8:00 pm
Japan Foundation, Toronto Event Hall

Julia Nema will help us discover the unique beauty born from the direct interaction of pure, unglazed clay and fire, and share the story of how her artistic approach was unpredictably transformed by the elemental power and rich traditions of yakishime.

The talk will be followed by a guided tour of the current exhibition, Yakishime: Earth Metamorphosis, from the perspective of a passionate wood-fire artist.

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Born of Fire – Julia Nema on the inspiration of Japanese wood-fired ceramics

Tuesday, July 5   6:30 pm8:00 pm
Japan Foundation, Toronto Event Hall

Julia Nema will offer insights into how she has worked to translate the inspiration found in Japanese yakishime ceramics through her own artistic creation, and how she managed the initial clash between her European artistic background and Japanese aesthetics.

The talk will be followed by a discussion between Julia Nema and Toronto-based ceramic artists Chari Cohen and Chiho Tokita.

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