Past Program

Japan: Mindful Making in Japan - Ceramics & Contemplative Practice

Japan offers a unique laboratory to study both by observation and hands-on experience the influence of culture, geography, and geology on the growth and development of material art.

Ceramics Critic Kelli Rae Adams MFA 09 CR worked with this group of 13 undergrad and graduate students participating in Mindful Making in Japan: Ceramics & Contemplative Practice.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Okayama, Japan
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Nara, Japan
When
Winter 2015

Course Dates: Jan 5, 2015 — Feb 6, 2015

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
3
Department
  • Ceramics
Course Numbers
  • CER-4109
Cost
$3491

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Japan: Mindful Making in Japan
Kyoto, Japan 2015

About this Travel Course

Japan offers a unique laboratory to study both by observation and hands-on experience the influence of culture, geography, and geology on the growth and development of material art. This five-week experience was divided into two distinctly different but related parts, each of which provided a structured learning environment with very particular outcomes: The first part of the course concentrated on the development of a personal sketchbook / journal through a temple stay and visits to contemporary and historical sites of production and studios in central Japan. Important architectural sites, both old and new, from Okayama to Kyoto and Nara were visited. An interim review of the sketchbooks concentrated on the interpretation of the accumulated drawings from each student into a spatial object or objects to be fired in the kilns of the Kuramaki Studio in central Nara Prefecture. Ample opportunity for further visits in the historically significant region surrounding the studio were enjoyed by students. The course culminated with a documented exhibition of the "Clay in Japan", in Japan.

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