Why the sudden interest in a centuries-old genre? Perhaps because kōgei isn’t just about the past: both exhibitions focus on contemporary, even futuristic, interpretations of the traditional approach, where small functional vessel are wrought from metal, stone, and porcelain and adorned with patterns, textures, and other decorative details. Throughout its long history, kōgei has involved a high level of skill and thorough knowledge of specific techniques and materials. But today’s practitioners, with new technologies at their fingertips, have access to even more specialized techniques. What’s more, where historical approaches to kōgei once shifted from region to region, today’s artists are no longer limited by locally available materials or regional cultural preferences. With ease and rapidity, information exchanged through the internet is inspiring new kōgei techniques that transcend geography and are drawn from contemporary culture—design, art, animation, and even manga.