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YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis

Start Date: 17/10/2022 - End Date: 13/1/2023 :::

Take a glimpse on Japan’s history on traditional culture through Yakishime, a ceramic exhibition comprised of 96 works from 9 December 2022 to 13 January 2023 at Galeri Al-Biruni, UiTM Cawangan Perak.

Yakishime is described as the most basic means of producing ceramics by firing unglazed wares at high temperatures. The tradition embodied in these primordial wares continues unbroken to this day.

This exhibition displays yakishime wares as part of Japan’s traditional culture, as a type of ceramics that has developed in distinctive ways in Japan. It presents their history, from the earliest examples to the present, through yakishime tea vessels, food vessels, and works that are transformations of yakishime into non-utilitarian objects d’art.

9 December 2022 to 13 January 2023
Galeri Al-Biruni, UiTM Cawangan Perak
Free admission. Open to public.Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM,  2:45 PM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays  

Check out the events happening thorughout the exhibition period below!

This exhibition is coorganised by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, Galeri AL Biruni, UiTM Cawangan Perak and Embassy of Japan in Malaysia.


Ceramic Art Exhibtion and Demonstration by local artisans
Duration: 8 – 10 Decemver 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Venue: Galeri Al-Biruni, UiTM Cawangan Perak
Admission: Free for all. No registration required

Ceramic Workshop
: 9 & 10 December 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Venue: Galeri Al-Biruni, UiTM Cawangan Perak
Admission: Free for all. No registration required.

Studio Tour with moderator Dr. Salwa Ayob, UiTM Cawangan Perak
: 10 December 2022
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue: Galeri Al-Biruni, UiTM Cawangan Perak
Admission: Free for all. No registration required.

Regional Ceramic Art Webinar 2022
in conjunction with the YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis exhibition
Theme: Traditional and Philosophocal Interpretation of Contemporary Ceramic Art
: Mr. Joko Lulut Amboro (Fakultas Seni Rupa Dan Desain, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia) & Mr. Adil bin Abdul Ghani (Benchmark Ceramic Enterprise)
Moderator: Mr. Khairul Nizan bin Mohd Aris College of Creative Arts, UiTM Shah Alam

Date: 15 December 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Platforme: WEBEX (click here to join)
Admission: Free for all. No registration required.


Yakishime production began in the late twelfth century at the Bizen, Tokoname, Shigaraki, and other pottery centers drawing on the tradition of Sue wares, which dates back to the fourth or fifth century. In the Momoyama period (1568-1615), yakishime became treasured tea wares. Today, artists produce yakishime objets d’art as well as utilitarian vessel forms; yakishime has become an established style of ceramics in Japan. Yakishime wares are produced in a variety of forms and include some works with natural glazes due to ash falling on them during firing. Their long history continues today, with yakishime a familiar part of everyday life.


The Japan Foundation’s traveling exhibitions cover a wide range, from those introducing traditional Japanese arts such as ceramic art, crafts, and Japanese dolls to those showcasing Japan today through contemporary art, photography, architecture, and design. Approximately twenty permanent traveling exhibitions are on the road throughout the year, appearing in over 100 art galleries, museums, and cultural facilities.

Page last updated: 8 December 2022


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