SOAS University of London

History of Art and Archaeology

Japanese Ceramics: Collection Histories

An Online Specialist Art Short Course in Association with the Oriental Ceramic Society

28 January – 18 March 2022

Fees: £500 (Includes a free one-year membership to the Oriental Ceramic Society)


Japan has a long history of ceramic production, dating back to 12,500 BCE. Since then, Japan has developed a fascinating ceramics tradition. These eight, weekly lectures will illustrate the richness of Japanese ceramics and explore collections of Japanese ceramics from around the world.

The lectures will be delivered by leadings scholars and curators in the field. Experts from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, the Royal Collection in London, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture in Norwich, the Victoria & Albert Museum and SOAS will present new research and provide insights into the versatile wares of Japanese ceramics and collection histories.

At the beginning of the course you will explore the development of Japanese ceramics and the impact that Chinese ceramics had on Japanese wares. This will be followed by a unique overview of wares from an Imperial convent in Kyoto. The following lectures will investigate Japanese ceramics collections in the UK and the US, focusing on the collections by Sir and Lady Ingram, Hon. Henry Marsham and Edward S. Morse from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Furthermore, you will be introduced to highlights of Japanese ceramics from the Royal collection. The course will conclude with insights into the collection of Japanese ceramics at the V&A.

You will not only learn about the versatility of Japanese ceramic wares, but also gain an understanding how important collections of Japanese ceramics were formed through presentations and Q&A sessions with world leading scholars and curators.

Convened by Dr Monika Hinkel (Lecturer in the Arts of Japan and an Academic Member of the Japan Research Centre at SOAS University of London).

Attendees of this course will be eligible for a free one-year membership to the Oriental Ceramic Society.


Eight, weekly online lectures, every Friday.

To book your place, click here.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4445