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miwa ryosaku

miwa ryosaku 三輪龍作(1940- )

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MIWA Ryosaku三輪龍作 (1940- ) brings a very modern eye to the tradition of Hagi-ware. The twelfth member of his family to hold the title 'Kyusetsu 休雪,' the artist closely observed his father and uncle create Hagi pottery from a young age, quickly becoming familiar with the style’s distinctive materials and techniques. While Miwa uses the characteristic white tones of traditional Hagi glaze, which has been in use for twelve generations, he departs from tradition in both form and function.

The artist renders spontaneous personal feeling in clay, exposing human passion and emotion not unlike the masters of Western modernity. Miwa studied Goya, Van Gogh, and Soutine as a student in Tokyo, and admired the powerful expressionism of Modernist painting.



1940     Born in Hagi, Yamaguchi

1967     MFA:  Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Dept. of Ceramics

Selected Public Collections:

Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art

Hagi Uragami Museum

Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art

Takamatsu Museum of Art

Shimonoseki City Art Museum

The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art,

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

Treasury of Kurozumi

Musée Ariana

Museé Tomo

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Everson Museum of Art

Jinan Museum

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1968    Ryosaku Miwa: Graceful Desire, Ichibannkan Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo.

1970    Ryosaku Miwa: Liquid of Love, Ichibannkan Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo.

1972    Lui Gallery, Kokura.

1977    Amour, Aoki Gallery, Ginza.

1978    Humans: A Series, Aoki Gallery, Ginza.

1980    Hara Gallery, Shimodate.

1981    First Flowering, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.

1983      Shufu, Seibui Takanawakai, Tokyo.

1984    White Peaks, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.

1985    Etudes of Youth, Gallery Saito-an, Hagi.  Essay Anthology “Flames, Myself     

              and the Lip” published by Kyuryudo.

1986    Objets, Keio Department Store.

           The Heaven, the Earth and Human Beings, Keio Department Store, Kyoto        Takashimaya.

1988    Liquid of Love II, Gallery Saito-an, Hagi.

           Himiko, Takashimaya in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

1990    The Mountain of Himiko, Keio Department Store.

1991    The Scripture of Himiko, Yurakucho Seibu, Tokyo.

           Ceramic and Script, Okazaki Gallery, Tokyo.

1992    The One, Saito-an, Hagi

           A Sequel to the Scripture of Himiko, Yurakucho Seibu.

1993    For Flowers, Keio Department Store.

1994    Ceramic Art of Eros and Death, Shimonoseki City Art Museum.

           Himiko Series, Ohga-do, Kyoto.

1995    Black Pottery, the Cavalier’s Repose, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store.

1996    The World of Ryosaku Miwa, Tenmaya, Okayama.

           Tea Room, the Aesthetics of Ryosaku Miwa, Hagi Uragami Memorial     Museum, Hagi.

1997    Phoenix, Takashimaya, Gifu.

1998    Riding on a Stork, Daimaru Department Store, Fukuoka.

           The Tender Sea, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum.

1999    Hagi Tea Ceremony Ceramics, Shinjyuku Keio, Tokyo.

2000    Dragon Chi Teabowls, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi.

2001    Incense Burner of the New Century, Shinjyuku Keio.

           Mariya, Fujii Gallery, Tokyo.

2002    Dragon Call, Taigado, Kyoto.

          Flower Vases – Dosing, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi.

          Takanawa Prince Hotel.

2003    Gold Silk Road Teabowls in commemoration of taking his Kyusetsu 12th title, Takashimaya in Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo.  Essays “Tender Sea” Published by Kodansha. 

2004    Matsuzakaya Department Store.

2005    Aurora Teabowls, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi.

2006    The Way to Become Kyusetsu, Traveled to Tenmaya, Yonago, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Okayama, Takamatsu.

           Vessel of Love, Daimaru Department Store, Fukuoka.

2007    Resent Works, Toyama Yamato.

           Retrospective of Ryusaku Miwa, San Tung Museum, China.

2008    Trace of Creation, Shinjuku Keio Department Store, Tokyo.

Selected Prizes and Awards:    

1977        The Faenza International Ceramics, Italy.

1989        Japanese Ceramics Association, Japan.

1994        Selective encouragement award by Yamaguchi Prefecture.