Claire Pollard

Clare Pollard’s main area of research has been the decorative arts of the Meiji era, in particular the work of the potter Miyagawa K?zan (1842-1916). In 2012 she organized Threads of Silk and Gold, the first exhibition of Meiji decorative textiles outside Japan.

She has recently completed a catalogue of Hiroshige landscape prints in the Ashmolean and is currently working on the Museum’s collection of surimono privately published Japanese prints. Other interests include Edo period export ceramics, arts of the Taisho era and tea utensils, both historic and contemporary.

Faculty of Oriental Studies

Select Publications:

  • [with Mitsuko Ito Watanabe] Landscape, Cityscape: Hiroshige Woodblock Prints in the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2012)
  • [with Hiroko McDermott] Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles of Meiji Japan (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2012)
  • ‘The Wizard of ?ta: Miyagawa K?zan through Western eyes’ in Yamamoto Hiroshi, ed., in Makuzu Ware: Universally popular ceramics. Collected works of Miyagawa Kozan I (Kanagawa Shinbunsha, 2010)
  • ‘A Japanese Garniture from Althorp’, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol. 76, 2011-2012
  • li class="bul">‘The Japanese Collections at the Ashmolean Museum’, in Arts of Asia, June 2011
  • 'Zen Mind: the development of Zen Buddhism', in Zen Mind, Zen Brush: Japanese ink paintings from the Gitter-Yelen collection (Art Gallery of NSW, 2006)
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  • "Gorgeous with glitter and gold": Miyagawa Kozan and the Role of Satsuma Export Ware in the Early Meiji Ceramic Industry', in Past and Present: the Metamorphosis of Japanese Art in the Nineteenth Century (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006)
  • Master Potter of Meiji Japan: Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916) and his workshop (Oxford: OUP, 2003)
  • The Art of Hokusai - Masterpieces of Japanese Printing in the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin: TownHouse, 2003)