Hayashi Yasuo 林康夫 Japanese, b. 1928

Selected Public Collections:

  • Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, Portland, OR, U.S.A.
  • Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A.
  • Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY, U.S.A.
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, U.S.A.
  • Institute for Japanese Art, Hanford, CA, U.S.A.
  • Minneapolis Museum of Arts, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  • International Experimental Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary
  • Argentina Museum, Japan House
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Ontario, Canada
  • Museum of Decorative Art, Praha, Czech Republic
  • Musee National De Ceramique, Sevres, France
  • Vallauris Ceramic Museum, Museum of Modern Art, France
  • Faenza International Ceramics Museum, Italy
  • Obidos Museum of Art, Portugal
  • I Chon World Ceramic Center, South Korea
  • Seoul Metropolitan Museum, South Korea
  • TOTAL Open-Air Museum, Seoul, South Korea
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K.
  • University of Wales, U.K.
  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan
  • National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
  • Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Japan
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Japan
  • Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives, Japan
  • Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Japan
  • Osaka University of Arts, Japan
  • Misho School of Flower Arrangement, Japan
  • Ohara School of Flower Arrangement, Japan
  • Chushin Art Foundation, Kyoto, Japan
  • Japan Foundation


Selected Awards:

1950 Second Mayor Prize in the 3rd Ashiya Municipal Exhibition, Japan
1972 Faenza Prize in the 30th Faenza International Ceramics Competition, Faenza, Italy
1973 First Prize in Calgary International Ceramics Exhibition 1973, Canada
1974 Grand Prize in the 4th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France
1982 Special Prize for the Association of Art and Culture in the 8th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France
Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award, Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand
1986 Special Jury Prize and Gold Prize in the 10th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France
1987 Grand Prize in Modern Ceramics at the 1st Odidos International Biannual,
1994 Award in Kyoto Municipal Museum Exhibition
1998 Received Kyoto City Distinguished Service Award
1999 Received Kyoto Art & Culture Award
2005 Received Visual Arts Emeritus Award & Emeritus Medal from Australian Government Australia Council for the Arts



1928 Born in Kyoto

1940 Studied traditional Japanese painting
1946 Begins to make pottery after his father
1947 Joins “SHIKOKAI,” avant-garde ceramic group as one of the founders
1959 Commissioned relief for the Hyogo Prefectural Labor Hall, Kobe
1968 Starts teaching at Craft Department, Osaka Univ. of Arts
1974 Commissioned Relief for Shingu Primary School, Hyogo
1980 Japan-US Association University Study Trip to California College of Art & Craf, San Francisco and Auckland Conference of I.A.C. in Kyoto
1981 Commissioned relief for Kamo Hospital
1987 Artist in Residence in International Experimental Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

  • Publishes Hayashi Yasuo: Documents and Chronology

1990 Artist in Residence in Canberra School of Art, Australia, funded by Japan Foundation
Judge for 1990 Commonwealth Bank National Ceramic Award, Canberra, Australia
1995 The 5th International Potters Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
2001 Contributed to stage art Opera “Peony Palace” with color transparency images, Acropolis & Palais des festivals, Cannes

  • Lecture and Artist in residence, Shigaraki Ceramic Park Museum

2003 Judge, 21st Asahi Modern Craft Competition
2004 Judge, 17th Fugoku Biennale, Asahi Newspaper
2005 Judge, 51th All Kansai Art Exhibition, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1958 Sato Gallery, Tokyo

1959 Hankyu Department Store, Osaka/ Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo
1964-5 Gallery 16, Kyoto
1976-7 Seibu Department Store, Ikebukuro Tokyo
1978 Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo/ Seikado Gallery, Tokyo/ Hotel Okura, Tokyo
1981 Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka
1982-3 Gallery Chayamachi, Osaka
1985 Daiken Gallery, Osaka/ Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto/ Gallery Haku, Osaka
1986 Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo
1988 Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Beni
1989 Institute Franco-Japonais du Kansai, Kyoto
1990 Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo / Canberra School of Art, Australia
1991 Gallery Beni
1992 Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Hirakata Kintetsu Art Gallery. Osaka
1993 Gallery Tenjiku, Tokyo/ Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland
1994 Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Tenjiku, Tokyo/ Gallery Sanjo
1995 Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany
1996 Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Beni
1997 Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo
1998 Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center
2000 Akasaka Green Gallery/Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto
2002 Akasaka Green Gallery/Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto
2003 Aoyama Green Gallery, Tokyo
2005 Gion Konishi Gallery, Kyoto

  • Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., New York, NY

2006 Paramita Museum, Mie, Japan

2019 Kyoto Ceramic Center