Louise Allison Cort is Curator for ceramics at the Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Her interests include historical and contemporary ceramics in Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, Japanese baskets and textiles, and the Japanese tea ceremony.

Takeuchi Jun’ichi is Director of the Hosokawa Collection–Eisei Bunko in Tokyo, Japan. His research centers on Japanese ceramic history of the early modern period and the history of the arts related to the tea ceremony. In particular, he seeks to expand his consideration beyond the history of ceramic production to encompass the history of ceramic appreciation and connoisseurship.

Andrew M. Watsky is Professor of Japanese Art History at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
He specializes in his research on the arts of the Momoyama period (1568–1615). He is presently writing a book on Momoyama-period chanoyu, with an emphasis on objects in The Records of Yamanoue no Sōji [Yamanoue no Sōjiki].

Oka Yoshiko is Professor of Japanese cultural history in the Faculty of Cultural and Historical Studies at Otemae University, Nishinomiya, Japan. Her research focuses on Japanese cultural history of the medieval and early modern periods and on the history of ceramics, with a special interest in ceramics made in Kyoto.