search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Louise Allison CORT

PF (1975), PF (1987)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Louise Allison
Middle Name
Last Name
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Curator for Ceramics
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
132 12 Street SE
Address 2 (optional)
, Washington
Zip Code
United States
*Survey URL
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: B. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at another kind of organization.

Field of Study: Art History

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I curate the ceramics from China, Korea, Japan and SE Asia in the collections of the Freer and Sackler galleries. My personal research relates to the ceramics of Japan (historical and contemporary), mainland SE Asia (historical and contemporary), and India (contemporary earthenware). An active group of Japanese scholars engages in research on SE Asian ceramics, and I have actively followed their research (published mainly in Japanese) and tried to make it available to non-Japanese speakers through the online catalogue, Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia (

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: I have been fortunate to receive two Japan Foundation Professional fellowships. The 1976 Professional fellowship enabled me to return to Japan and leveraged a stay of 3 1/2 years during which I did critical new research and prepared the manuscript of my book, Shigaraki, Potters' Valley (Kodansha International, 1979; Weatherhill, 2000), based on my Oxford B. Litt. thesis. The 1988 Short-term Professional Fellowship took me to Japan for three months of field research during a sabbatical year, during which I prepared a translation of the Morita Kyuemon Nikki, 17th century diary of a Tosa potter and the earliest surviving first-person statement by a Japanese potter.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.