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HIRUMA KAZUYO 昼馬和代 (1947- )


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This fun piece by master ceramicist Suzuki Goro is glazed in the traditional oribe style. Oribe ware holds a unique place in Japanese ceramics, originated in 17th century, largely produced in Mino area. One of its characteristic geometric and organic designs on a burnt orange field coupled with areas of rich green glaze are immediately recognizable. Here on Suzuki's water melon, the high contrast between orange and green provides a nice visual "pop," and their successful pairing requires a carefully maintained temperature during firing.  The green glaze does not seem dry at all, but rather retains an exuberantly liquid sheen and pools thickly in the irregularities of the surface as well as in the corners of the box's interior. These jewel-like pools emphasize the gentle undulations of the surface, cut by the artist into beautiful organic lines. The orange sections contain the typical Oribe countryside designs, including woven bamboo, twisting vines, hanging fruits, and the artist's own signature flying crow. The box has an ancient pedigree in Japanese art, but Suzuki's boxes transcend this history by creating something wholly new and individual. Suzuki Goro's work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; the Japanese Ceramics Museum, and many others. Suzuki's playful and engaging work proves his position as a master of the ceramic arts, as this commanding box beautifully illustrates.




Selected Public Collections:

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Denver Art Museum, CO

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto, Aichi, Japan

Seto City Museum, Aichi, Japan

Meito Art Museum, Aichi, Japan

Menard Art Museum, Aichi, Japan



1941        Born in Toyoda-city, Aichi Prefecture

1961        Award in Nitten Exhibition

        Governor’s award in Asahi Ceramic Competition

1962        Grand award in Asahi Ceramic Competition

1963        Participated in Asian Ceramic Exhibition

1964        Award in the 50th Anniversary Koku-kai Exhibition

1966        Grand award in Asahi Ceramic Competition

1969-70    Traveled the U.S. 

        Solo exhibition, Q Gallery, Los Angeles

1971        Award in the 3rd China-Japan International Ceramic Exhibition

1975        Award in the Asahi Ceramic Exhibition

        Invited to the Rhode Island Art School

1977        Solo Exhibition, Seibu Department Store Gallery, Ikebukuro

1978        Solo exhibition, Maruei Department Store Gallery, Nagoya

        (biannual exhibitions afterward until ’88)

Solo Exhibition, Inui Gallery, Tokyo 

1981        Solo Exhibition, Seibu Department Store Gallery, Ikebukuro

1982        Invited to the Cranbrook University

Solo Exhibition – Dinner wares, Daiichi Gallery, Nagoya

1987        Solo Exhibition - Coffee Cups, Daiichi Gallery, Nagoya

1988        Solo Exhibition – Sake Objects, Daiichi Gallery, Nagoya 

1989        Solo Exhibition – Jars, Daiichi Gallery, Nagoya

        Solo Exhibition, Maruei Department Store, Nagoya

1990        Solo Exhibition – Ceramic Boxes, Daiichi Gallery, Nagoya

        Solo Exhibition, Akamatsu Gallery, Tokyo

1991        Solo Exhibition – Cigarette Boxes, Daiichi Gallery, Nagoya 

        Solo Exhibition, Akamatsu Gallery, Tokyo

1992    Solo Exhibition – Tea Caddies, Daiichi Gallery, Nagoya

    Solo Exhibitions, Takashimaya Department Store Galleries, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, & Yokohama

1993    Solo Exhibition – Ceramic Boxes, Maruei Department Store Gallery, Nagoya

Solo Exhibition – Big Plates, Gallery Kenbishi, Kariya

Solo Exhibition – Coffee Cups, Gallery Kenbishi, Kariya

1995    Solo Exhibition – Tea Bowls, Fujino-ya, Sano

    Solo Exhibition – Cups, Inui Gallery, Ashigara

    Solo Exhibition – Big Jars, Gallery Kenbishi, Kariya

1996    Solo Exhibition – Cups, Isetan Department Store Gallery, Shinjuku Tokyo   

        Solo Exhibition – Sake Bottles & Cups, Sun Gallery Sue, Nagoya

1997        Solo Exhibition – Tea Pots, Fujino-ya, Sano

        Solo Exhibition – “The World of Goro Suzuki”, Sun Gallery Sue, Nagoya

        Solo Exhibition – Vessels for Food, Gallery Goro, Shinjuku Tokyo

1998        Solo Exhibition, Frank Lloyd Gallery, U.S.

        Solo Exhibition – “55 Tea Bowls”, Maruei Department Store, Nagoya

        Exhibition - “Ceramic Hunt ‘98” sponsored by NHK 

        Solo Exhibition, Gonza Shogetsu-do Gallery, Tokyo

1999        Solo Exhibition – “Ceramic Tea Utensils” Sun Gallery Sue, Nagoya 

        Solo Exhibition, Frank Lloyd Gallery, U.S.

        Solo Exhibition – Cups, Sun Gallery Sue, Nagoya

2000        Solo Exhibition – “Goro’s Universe” sponsored by Nikkei Newspaper

        “2000 Goro Suzuki’s Tea Bowls”, Maruei Department Store, Nagoya 

        Solo Exhibition, Toyota-city Noh Play Theater, Toyota-city

        Solo Exhibition – “50 Plates with Horse eye design” Gallery Goro, Tokyo

2001    Solo Exhibition – “Goro Suzuki’s World”, Sun Gallery Sue, Nagoya

    Solo Exhibition – “2001 Goro’s Chairs”, Maruei Department Store, Nagoya

        Invited to participate in the World Ceramic Expo 2001, Korea

2002        2001 Japan Ceramic Association Award 

        Japan Ceramic Association Award Exhibition, Wako Hall, Tokyo

2004        Three International Artists, International Art Village, Tokyo

2005        Solo Exhibition The World of Tea, International Art Village, Tokyo

2006        Solo Exhibition Raku Teabowl, Gallery Sumie, Nagoya

2007        Solo Exhibition Shino Flourishing, Ginza Seigetsudo, Tokyo



2008        Solo Exhibition Goro Suzuki Ceramics, International Art Village

        Solo Exhibition Marriage of Shino and Stone, Maruei Department Store,         Nagoya.

2009        Solo Exhibition A Tale of Four Cities, Takashimaya (Nihonbashi, Osaka, 

        Yokohama and Nagoya).

2013        Horse, Gallery KENBISHI, Nagoya.

2014        Solo Exhibition SUZUKI Goro: Goribe, Takashimaya (Nihonbashi, Osaka,



2015                    A retrospective show “Live in Earth, Play in Earth” at Menard Art Museum