Yanagihara Mutsuo 柳原睦夫 Japanese, b. 1934

1934 Born into a doctor's family in Kochi, Japan

1954 Entered Kyoto City University of Arts, Department of Crafts, majoring in ceramics, studied under Kenkichi Tomimoto,Yuzo Kondo and Yoshimichi Fujimoto

1959 Received first prize at the Modern Art Exhibition

1960 Completed the major course at Kyoto City University of Arts, Became a part-time lecturer

1961 Held solo exhibitions at Gallery 16, Kyoto, Mainichi Best Three in Arts and Crafts at   Kyoto municipal Art Museum 

1962 Sixth Mainichi Selected Art Exhibition, Kyoto

1964 Second The New Generation in Ceramics Exhibition, Goto Art Museum, Tokyo

1966 Moved to the U.S. and was invited to teach ceramics at the Washington State University 

Held a solo exhibition at Washington State University Museum

1967 Two-persons show with Olga Amaral, Museum West, CA, USA

1971 Awarded the Ravenna City Chamber of Commerce Prize at the Faenza International

Ceramic Art Exhibition

Selected for the First Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition,Tokyo

1972 Moved to the U.S., Assistant Professor at Alfred University and Scripps College, 

lectured and taught ceramics in various places (- 1974)

Traveling Exhibition of Japanese Ceramics, Canada, USA

1973 International Cup Exhibition, Ishikawa

1975 Contemporary Crafts of the Americas, Colorado State University, Colorado, USA

1976 Traveling Exhibition of Japanese Ceramics, Australia, New Zealand

1978 Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibition, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

1979 Japanese Ceramics Today Exhibition, Denver Art Museum, USA

1980 Received the fellowship of the National Endowment for the arts 

and come to the U.S. to give lectures and teach ceramics in various places

Cray Work-From Pottery to Formative Art, Otsu and Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store

1981 Art Now 1970-1980, The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art

12 Contemporary Kyoto Ceramic Artists,Kyoto Municipal Art Museum

1982 The Japanese Selected Ceramics Traveling Exhibitionin Italy, Florence and elsewhere

Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Arts at the Festival of Asia Arts, Hong Kong Museum  


1984 Became a professor at Osaka University of Arts (-'06)

1998 Awarded Kyoto City Art Contribution Prize

2000 Awarded Kyoto Prefecture Prize for Cultural Contribution, Japan

2003 Awarded Japan Ceramic Society Prize

2005 Awarded Kyoto Art Culture Prize

2011 Exhibition "Tea Room, Empty Room, Four and a Half Tatami" by Mutsuo Yanagihara 

at the Hagi Museum of Art, Yamaguchi and Urakami Memorial Hall

2012 <Opening Form> series,  In celebration of the Kiju Memorial, Held the exhibition "Open Form" at Takashimaya Department Store

2015 In celebration of Sanju Memorial, Held the exhibition "Mayu and Tama" at Takashimaya Department Store

2016 Mutsuo Yanagihara Colored Vessels Exhibition -Opening Form- at Galerie Tazawa da

Cote, Kyoto, Japan

2017 Mutsuo Yanagihara Exhibition -Memories Deep in His Soul-, Gallery Kikukan, Japan  

2018 Mutsuo Yanagihara Exhibition -On the Wind- at Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Kyoto

Takashimaya, JR Nagoya Takashimaya and Osaka Takashimaya, Japan

Masterpieces from the Crafts Museum: 100 Years of Japanese Crafts,

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

The Ceramic Society of Japan Award Winning Artists Exhibition - 

Wa no Kokoro, Pleasure of Utsuwa - Wako, Tokyo


Current: Professor Emeritus at Osaka University of Arts, Member of IAC