Beatrice Chang, Director
Beatrice Chang is a leading expert on Japanese and Chinese ceramic works who has introduced pieces to the collections of about twenty museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, and San Diego Art Museum. Chang continues to be an authority in the field and advises a variety of clients, from the curious passerby to the life-long collector.
Following her studies at Fudan University in her hometown of Shanghai, Chang received an American master’s degree and an Asian Art course certificate from Sotheby’s. In 1989 Chang joined Gallery Zero, which was the first gallery to introduce contemporary Japanese ceramics to New York City. Chang co-authored the book Fired with Passion: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics(2006), which was received well by the ceramic community. On behalf of Dai Ichi Arts, Chang co-organized the exhibition Breaking the Mold: Contemporary Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Sculpture (2009) with the Dennos Museum Center in Michigan. Fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese, Chang has lectured on both Chinese and Japanese ceramic work at universities in China and museums in the United States. As a Chinese-born expert on contemporary Japanese ceramics, Chang has often made fruitful “detours” to her homeland when traveling to Japan. Like with contemporary Japanese ceramics, Chang has sought to educate and ignite a love for Chinese ceramics in New York and elsewhere.
As the director and owner of Dai Ichi Arts for the past two decades, Chang has traveled extensively and established meaningful relationships with Japanese ceramic artists. Chang’s contribution to this field is praised in a letter from Jacques Chirac, at the time the president of France and a self–proclaimed Ambassador to Asia, in which he says “Je vous en remercie très particulièrement” (March 25, 2003).
Yuko Weiner, Curator
Yuko Weiner joined Dai Ichi Arts as a curator in the fall of 2014. Yuko studied ceramic art at Kyoto Seika University, where she also received her MFA. During her graduate studies, she began working at Gallery Utsuwakan, a highly regarded Kyoto institution established in 1984. Her five years with Gallery Utsuwakan introduced Yuko to curatorial work and furthered her knowledge of Japanese ceramics. In addition to her usual gallery duties, she also curated and managed external exhibitions, Japanese tea ceremonies, and other ceramics events at a variety of sites. In 2012 Yuko started teaching and pursuing her studies at Bard College, located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she studied English as well as art. Yuko’s ability to communicate through the medium of ceramics is unparalleled, something made possible by her deep knowledge of Japanese ceramics and her experience working as an artist in the field. She introduces viewers to the unique, historically rich Japanese ceramic art and culture with enthusiasm and passion. Her work also supports cross-cultural connections, which are rooted in a common appreciation for the beauty of the ceramics she creates and curates.
ワイナー祐子は京都精華大学修士過程在籍中より、京都ギャラリー器館にてキュレイターとしての経験を重ねました。５年間の間にギャラリーの外での企画展、イベント、また2007年〜2011年に渡る“試みの茶事”等を通して、日本陶芸に対する深い知識と、独自の視点を培いました。2012年に渡米、ニューヨーク州バード大学にて日本語と日本文化を教えながら、英語や芸術についての知識を深めました。 彼女の視点は、自分自身が制作してきた経験を基盤としています。また海外に住むことで改めて見えてきた日本の陶芸と文化の特殊さ、おもしろさ、受け取り方の違いを含めて自分の言葉で伝えていくことに取り組んでいます 。日本とアメリカの陶芸家の方々、受け手、すべての陶芸にかかわる人に貢献できるように、美しいものを通して人と人をつなげる場となることを目指しています。