JFT Gallery

From Edo to Meiji: Transformation of Japanese Ceramics

Ceramic exhibition with ROM

This special presentation of the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, reveals that Western modernization and the demand for exports influenced Japanese ceramics during the transitional period of the late Edo period to the Meiji period.

An additional portion to the ceramic exhibition has arrived as of January 09, 2024.

Kutani-ware Display

With the contributions from Toronto Collectors

Dedicated to the Victims and Survivors of the Earthquake on January 1st, 2024 in Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, Japan.

Admission: FREE

Gallery Hours: Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Hourly timeslots starting at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM (4:30 PM and 5:30 PM on Thursdays)

Closed on select days: February 17 (Family Day Weekend), March 29-March 30 (Easter Weekend), May 18 (Victoria Day Weekend)

Exhibition Period: January 5 – June 28, 2024

Library & Gallery Opening Hours

Tuesday11:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday11:30am to 6:30pm
Friday11:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday11:30am to 4:30pm *Closed on select Saturdays

Due to the COVID-19 precautions, we are open in limited hourly slots, 4 days a week. Advanced, time-specific reservation is recommended. Hand-sanitization at the entry and wearing face-coverings on our premises are recommended.

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Related Programming:

Living with Ceramics in Japan: From Edo to Meiji

Thursday, June 13, 6:00PM – 7:30PM (ET)
Livestream Online Lecture | JFT Youtube Channel | Admission Free | Registration Required

This online talk will explore how people in Japan used ceramics during the Edo period, when the Tokugawa shogunate ruled the archipelago and the samurai held political and military dominance, and the Meiji period, when the emperor was symbolically restored to power and modernization transformed the nation.

JFT Book Club (Hybrid)– With Silent Reading Time – Japanese Ceramics & Life in the Edo to Meiji Periods

Tuesday, June 18, 5:30PM – 7:00PM (ET)
Hybrid (Online & In-Person) | JFT Library | Admission Free | Registration Required

Are you interested in learning deeper about Japanese arts, as well as the culture and history behind those works of art? Our upcoming hybrid-style book club meeting, inspired by the JFT Gallery’s current exhibition, invites you to explore the beauty of Japanese ceramics and life during the Edo and Meiji periods through books! No prior knowledge/preparation is required – pick a book from the library’s book list (or bring your own) and indulge in the simple pleasure of reading in silence. Afterward, engage in optional discussion to share your discoveries with fellow book, art, and history enthusiasts. This is a perfect opportunity to enhance your understanding of Japanese arts and culture while connecting with like-minded individuals. We welcome both seasoned book club members and first-time participants to join this enriching literary and cultural experience!

Enhance Your Gallery Experience: Dive Deeper into Japanese Ceramics with JFT Library!

Whether you are a future gallery-goer or have already been captivated by the exhibition “From Edo to Meiji: Transformation of Japanese Ceramics” at JFT Gallery, add an extra layer of appreciation by checking out JFT Library items! To enhance your understanding of this fascinating art form, we have curated a library item list (including physical books, DVDs, and ebooks in English and Japanese) on the history, craftsmanship, and cultural significance of Japanese ceramics. The physical items are currently on display in our library right next to the gallery and ebooks are available from JF Canada Digital Library 24/7. So, don’t miss this opportunity to delve deeper into the transformative world of Japanese ceramic art!

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