KESHIKI: The Landscape Within Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Brodfuehrer Collection. The Japan House. Los Angeles. Photos by EMS

For centuries, Japanese artists and collectors have welcomed the natural imperfections that emerge on ceramic vessels during the firing process. These pools of glaze, scorch markings, cracks and indentations are referred to as the keshiki (‘landscapes’) of a piece, and since the sixteenth century have been celebrated as adding new beauty, depth, and value to the work. In Japanese, “admiring the keshiki” has evolved into a particular way of looking at ceramics. While Japanese ceramics have enticed collectors around the world, one Southern Californian, Gordon Brodfuehrer, has built an exceptional collection that includes styles and techniques from kilns across Japan. KESHIKI: The Landscape Within presents over sixty contemporary ceramic pieces from the Brodfuehrer collection, inviting visitors to join this pioneering collector in his journey around Japan.