Yamada Hikaru 山田光 Japanese, 1924-2001

1923 Born in Gifu Prefecture, the eldest son of ceramic artist Tetsu Yamada

1945 Graduated the Department of Ceramics at Kyoto High School of Arts and Crafts 

1946 Selected for the first Nitten

1948 Formed "Sodeisha" with Kazuo Yagi, Osamu Suzuki, and five others 

Held the 1st Sodeisha exhibition at Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka

Awarded the Mayor's Prize, Kyoto Exhibition

Awarded the New Crafts Association Prize

1950 Awarded the New Crafts Association Prize, New Crafts Exhibition Japan Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Musée Cernuschi 

1961Awarded the 7th Prize of the Ceramic Society of Japan

1962 Established Mon Studio in Shiga Prefecture with Kazuo Yagi; Began making crafts

Exhibited at the Ferenczy Museum of Ceramics and the Prague International Ceramics Exhibition

1979 Became professor of ceramics at Osaka University of Arts

1986 Exhibited at the exhibition Japan in the Avant-Garde 1910-1970

(Georges Pompidou Center, Paris)

1988  Today's Artist 8: Hikari Yamada and Taimei Morino exhibition.

1994 Published "The Works of Hikaru Yamada" from Shinshindo Publishing Co.

1995 Awarded the Kyoto City Cultural Merit Award and the 36th Prize of the Ceramic Society of Japan

1998 Awarded Kyoto Art Culture Prize

1999-2000 Held the exhibition "A Marker of Ceramics: Hikari Yamada" at Itami City Museum of Art, Gifu Prefectural Museum of Art, and Meguro Museum of Art

2001 Died at the age of 77