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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