Twenty five guests attended the Society’s Q & A with Tiffany and Kylie Johnson, authors of the recently released Thames Hudson publication Utsuwa – Japanese Objects for Everyday Use.
Hosted by President Margaret Rackemann and AJS-Q Committee Member Nicole Patterson the event was held in the charming Crescent Room at Paper Boat Press Gallery, Ashgrove (Kylie, a ceramicist, owns and operates the gallery).
Upon arrival guests were invited to browse in the gallery before being treated to Japanese tea and traditional macha and castella sponge, served on beautiful, handmade ceramic ware.
Both accomplished wordsmiths, Tiffany and Kylie swept everyone along with their enthusiasm and passion for Japan, sharing stories of their discovery and ongoing journey with the country and its people, before moving on to some of the highlights of their bespoke Japanese tours.
But it was the sharing of their journey through the studios, galleries and workshops of Japanese artists featured in this beautiful book that had everyone feeling as if they’d been transported to Japan, if only for a few hours.
Works by a number of the Japanese artists are currently on display and/or available for purchase at the gallery.
Please see the gallery’s website for further details and opening hours.