Twentieth-century Japanese artists give fresh interpretations to the time-honored art of porcelain in this selection of works from the collection. The Japanese artists who made the ceramic vessels featured in Contemporary Japanese Porcelain focus on innovative approaches to decoration. Most of them live and work in communities where decorated porcelain has been produced for several centuries. These artists seek ways of revitalizing the decorative formats associated with those places by incorporating familiar color schemes into contemporary design. The distinctive decorations—often large-scale geometric patterns in contrast to the delicate pictorial decoration used in the past—range from natural motifs to more abstract designs, and are created using iron and cobalt pigments and platinum, gold, and silver enamels.