Ishiyama Tetsuya

The "Dimple Bowl" and contemporary ceramics
March 29, 2023
Ishiyama Tetsuya

Born in Saitama in 1973, Ishiyama Tetsuya considers himself a contemporary artist and a potter by profession. Influenced by waves in global international art, his interest in the “inter-matierality” of clay shines through in his work that brings metal glazes onto the stoneware surface. In other words, he is interested in how clay can be a vessel to hold and present materials other than clay. This resonates with Sodeisha precepts, in their establishment that “clay does not have to look like clay” during the 1950s. This ideology departs from the tradition of Mingei, which dominated the Japanese ceramic industry in the mid-century.

"Dimple bowl", Stoneware, H1.9” x W2.8" x D3", with signed wooden box [SOLD]
A highly contemporary approach to the traditional tea bowl form. Ishiyama Tetsuya creates a bowl with a brilliant metallic glaze, where the only decoration are the remnant pinches of his thumb, creating indentations that recall the dimples of a smiling person. This is a joyful teabowl that captures his curious, playful and experimental spirit.

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Ishiyama Tetsuya: Artist CV
Selected Public Collections:

Mingei International Museum, USA

Uttarayan Art Foundation, India

The World Ceramic Center. Korea

Baptist University  Hong Kong

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan

National Tainan University Of The Art

Miho Museum

Kurokabe Museum

Takagi Bonsai Museum

Allen Memorial art museum in Oberlin, Ohio


1973 Born In Saitama Prefecture, Japan

2001 Received The 13th Tea Bowl Exhibition Grand Prize. Ceramic foundation.

2002 Studio Artist at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

2005-2010 Work as Technical Assistant at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

2006  Received The 44th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition Prize

2008 Received The 46th Asahi Ceramic art Exhibition prize

2010 Received Japan Traditional Art and claft Exhibition prize

2011 Guest Artist at The 6th World Ceramic Art Exhibition Korea Workshop

2011-2014 Artist Residence at National Tainan University of the Art

2012 Member of Japan Arts and Crafts Association

Had a Workshop in Jingdezhen, China

2013 Recieved Shiga Prefecture Cultural Prize, Encouragement Award.

2013-14 Invited to Uttarayan Art Center, India as a guest artist

2015  Invited to Baptist University, Hong Kong as a guest artist

2017 Leave from Japan Arts and Crafts Association

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