Day 7: Freer and Sackler

A beautiful Sunday morning and the ITE travelers return to the Capitol to visit the Freer and Sackler museums – together covering Japan, China, east Asia and the Muslim world – and the Hirshhorn contemporary art showcase. There’s lots to inspire craft artists in these fine museums, here’s a tiny sampler.

You think you're a wood carver? I'll show you woodcarving!

You think you’re a wood carver? I’ll show you woodcarving! Temple guardian from Japan, at the Freer. 

The Japanese tea ceremony has inspired many potters, with superb results sure to inspire a woodturner.

The Japanese tea ceremony has inspired many potters, with superb results sure to inform and inspire a woodturner.

Another very fine tea bowl.

Another very fine tea bowl. Like most other cultural phenomena, the aesthetics of the tea bowl changes from time to time.

I though this celadon-glazed bowl was just perfect.

I thought this celadon-glazed bowl was just perfect.

Bronze ewer from ancient Persia. What a fine shape!

Bronze ewer from ancient Persia. What a fine shape!

A marvellous set of nesting boxes from Japan.

A marvellous set of nesting boxes from contemporary Japan.

Malcolm Martin shoots a case of tea bowls at the Freer Gallery.

Malcolm Martin shoots a case of tea bowls at the Freer Gallery.

The P{hoenix Room at the Freer, from 1908, reminded us of Fleur Bresler's living room.

Gaynor in The Peacock Room at the Freer, built in 1908 to show off a collection, and reminding us of Fleur Bresler’s living room.

 

Neil Turner reckons that graceful shapes like this are the most difficult to get right on the lathe or pitter's wheel.

Neil Turner reckons that graceful shapes like this are the most difficult to get right on the lathe or potter’s wheel.

Neil Turner eyeballs Construction 2 by Charles Wilson at the Hirshhorn.

Neil Turner eyeballs Construction 2 by Charles Wilson at the Hirshhorn.

Malcolm caught this snap of your scribe at work in the Freer Gallery.

Malcolm caught this snap of your scribe at work in the Freer Gallery.

Your scribe admires the soaring work of the American sculptor Kenneth Snelson, outside the Hirshhorn. Snelson was a long-time associate of the vsionary Buckminster Fuller, who invented the tensegrity mast. Here’s  the soaring work of the American sculptor Kenneth Snelson, outside the Hirshhorn. Snelson was a long-time associate of the visionary Buckminster Fuller, who invented the tensegrity mast, from which this work ascends.

This gorgeous bronze tiger is about 3,000 years old, from China. The creature's back is open so he could have been a storage container or a serving dish.

This gorgeous bronze tiger is about 3,000 years old, from China. The creature’s back is open so he could have been a storage container or a serving dish.

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