traditional arts and crafts of japan (24 articles)

traditional arts and crafts of japan evolved during periods in which the country's artists were isolated from the rest of the art world. included are handicraft - where useful and decorative objects are made completely by hand or by using only simple tools - by an individual or a group, and a 'craft' - work produced by independent studio artists, working with traditional craft materials and/or processes. today, traditional arts and crafts from japan inform iconic paintings, ceramic work and other objects from the past, but also inspire the work of contemporary designers and artists.