Japanese artist to give lecture, demonstration at Centre College; Japan Broadcasting Corp. to tape for television
RELEASED: Nov. 14, 2000
DANVILLE, KY - Itsue Ito, a prominent artist from Japan, will lecture at Centre College on Monday, Nov. 20, and give demonstrations on campus Nov. 20 and 21. Much of her visit will be taped by a film crew from NHK Television (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) for a show to air on Japanese television in mid-February.
The Nov. 20 lecture by Ito begins at 8:30 p.m. in room 108 of the Jones Visual Arts Center. Her demonstrations are set for 1-4 p.m. in the Jones Center. All the programs are open to the public at no cost.
Born in Japan, Ito completed her undergraduate education in Japan at Osaka University of Fine Arts. She completed master's degrees in the United States at Mankata State University (Minn.) and Louisiana State University.
Ito now maintains residences in Japan and the United States, and she says her art has been profoundly influenced by the culture of each country. After experimenting with traditionally American techniques for creating ceramics, she returned to the high-fire technique most often used in Japan. Her hand-built pieces generally are one to two feet tall, and they feature muted colors and highly-textured surfaces. Ito strives to let the character of the clay show through the colors and glazes she chooses.
Ito's work is held in collections in the United States, Holland, Argentina, Japan and Sweden. She has exhibited most recently in Japan, the United States and Holland.
Interested in public affairs, Ito holds membership in several think
tanks associated with her Japanese home city of Miyazaki. These includes
a think tank on women's development and others devoted to local land development,
tourism and cultural affairs. She maintains a U.S. residence in Redwood
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