~ A ceramic exhibition by Yukiharu Furuno and Takanao Todo ~

31 January - 4 February

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© Yukiharu Furuno and Takanao Todo

Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore and Michi & Co. proudly present POST-WABI ~ A ceramic exhibition by Yukiharu Furuno and Takanao Todo ~. By challenging the idea of simplicity, both Japanese artists play with technology, as well as vibrant and contrasting colours, to introduce the use of new colours and open up a new horizon for Japanese aesthetic. Besides the exhibition, there will also be an artist talk.


Exhibition Period:

31 January - 4 February 2023

Opening Hours:

10am – 6pm
※ We will be open from 10am – 5pm on 4 February
※ Yukiharu Furuno will be at JCC from 12-2pm on 1 February and 4-6pm on 3 February


Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372





Wabi, as the core of the aesthetics in Japanese Tea ceremony, was established by Sen no Rikyu. Wabi originally was a concept used to describe a negative feeling when something is lacking. Rikyu discovered a beauty within this negative feeling and used this concept to organise the aesthetics in tea ceremony. This concept was applied from movement in the ceremony, to the tea house, tea garden, and all of the tea utensils.

Rikyu told his students to do something different from what he himself had established. His disciples established varying aesthetics: “Hacho no bi (beauty of disharmony)” by Huruta Oribe, “Kirei-sabi (beauty in incomplete perfection)” by Kohori Enshu, “Hime-Souwa (decorative feminine beauty)” by Souwa Kanamori, and so on.

This exhibition challenges this variable in a context outside Japan. It introduces Japanese artists Yukiharu Furuno and Takanao Todo, who challenge this variable through the new potential of color used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony aesthetics.

Yukiharu Furuno developed a series of profound yet sophisticated blue-glazed art ceramics. Takanao Todo’s display is a series of raku-fired ceramics with wild, hand-pinched tea bowls and digital fabrication tea items.


Join us for an artist talk at JCC! Yukiharu Furuno will share about his career and life experiences, while Takanao Todo will explain more about wabi and post-wabi, as well as share about his concept and approach in making his works.


Saturday, 4 February 2023


2pm - 3:30pm (Registration starts 1:30pm)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372


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© Yukiharu Furuno

Yukiharu Furuno is a multi-award-winning ceramicist with his signature color in various shades of profound blue. He studied bookkeeping, abacus, and business administration at university. As soon as he graduated, he decided to become a ceramicist. His career started with experimenting with various kinds of ash glazing and continued to do so for forty years.

Twenty years ago his wife passed away suddenly and ever since then, he has changed his style of glazing to blue. The blue color is to resonate with heaven, where his wife how is, but also with the abyss, the endless sky, and the galaxy.

In 2019, the Emperor of Japan gifted a large vase created by Yukiharu Furuno to the first state guest from the United States.

© Takanao Todo

Takanao Todo, is a multi-award-winning architectural designer, ceramicist, director of NPO supporting dyslexia in Japan. He currently holds a teaching position at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. His ceramic career started in Singapore, making sake cups to maximise the pleasure of the drinking experience. After joining the Omotesenke tea group, tea bowls became his focus. For this exhibition, he produced raku fired ceramics with his avant-garde interpretation of the technique.

Raku firing was established 450 years ago by Chojiro, under the supervision of Rikyu, who established the aesthetics of Wabi. In recent years, the potential of raku has been tested across the globe, departing from the original aesthetics of Raku firing. Takanao Todo further explores its potential to challenge a new expression of beauty as the Post-Wabi aesthetics.


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