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sasayama tadayasu

sasayama tadayasu

sasayama tadayasu 笹山忠保(1939- )

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At the forefront of the Japanese avant-garde was the Sodeisha 走泥社 group. In the 1950s, this group liberated ceramics from their utilitarian origins to create innovative but non-functional ceramic art-objects. The artist SASAYAMA Tadayasu笹山忠保 (1939- ) exhibited with the Sodeisha group in 1967. His works embody a simple, quiet stillness that evokes a sense of space not unlike the work of the American Minimalist sculptor Donald Judd. His work’s modular-esqe execution also brings Judd to mind; though these pieces may seem the same, each is in fact carefully handmade. Sasayama’s refined forms elevate traditional clay, pigments, and glazes to sophisticated modernist sculptures whose wood-fired surfaces remain recognizably Shigaraki. Like Judd, Sasayama infuses his material with elemental power, conjuring up nearly spiritual connotations from simple origins. 

Acting on advice from American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), Sasayama looked to primitive Japanese art to fuel his formal imagination. Noguchi urged the artist to find his true identity as a Japanese artist by studying the history of ceramics and ancient design. This proved very fruitful for the artist, and even now he continues to contemplate Noguchi’s advice. Just last year, Sasayama was invited to hold an exhibition in Korea titled “Primitive/Modern.”



Selected Public Collections: 

Everson Museum of Art
Portland Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum
Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, France
Norwegian National Craft Museum, Norway
Canterbury Museum, New Zealand
Taiwan National Museum of History
Icheon World Ceramic Center, South Korea
Gimhae National Museum, South Korea
New South Wales Art University, Australi
The National Museum of modern Art, Tokyo
Japan Foundation
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
The Museume of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
Everson Museum of Art , St. Louis Art Museum 

1939  Born in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture
1963  Founding member of Shigaraki Craftman Association
1965  Gold Prize, Japan Ceramic Design Concours
1967  Joined Sodeisha group (~1985)
1976  Participated in 7th World Craft Council (Mexico)
1978  Coordinator of 8th World Craft Council (Kyoto, Shigaraki)
1979    Joined International Academy of Ceramics (IAC)
1980  Steering Committee, IAC General Assembly (Kyoto)
1981  Participated in IAC General Assembly (Paris)
1982  Lecturer, Kyoto City University of Arts (~1985)
1983  Organized Shigaraki-Tokoname Joint Exhibition
     Founding member of Shigaraki Sculpture Group
1984  Participated in IAC Boston Conference
     Participated in NCECA Boston Conference
           Special Prize, 1st International Miniature Triennale (Zagreb, Yugoslavia)
1985  Coordinator of Shigaraki Symbol Monument Competition
1986  Award for Excellence, 1st Yagi Kazuo Award Exhibition
           Workshop and lecture, Norway National University of Art
1990  Board of Directors, World Ceramic Exposition (~1991)
1991  Commemorative Award, Juried Exhibition for Wood Fired Ceramics
1992  Workshop, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
1993  Keynote Lecture, 24th Ceramic Design Conference
     Design consultant, Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics Co., Inc.(~2009)
1995  Workshop, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
1996  Participated in IAC General Assembly (Saga, Nagoya)
1997  Lecturer, Department of Education, Shiga University(~2002)
2000  Lecture, International Ceramic Symposium, Kangnam University, Korea
2004  Designated by Koka City as Possessor of Important Intangible Cultural Asset 
     Participated in IAC General Assembly (Korea)
2005    Invited to 3rd Gyeonggido World Ceramic Biennale, (Icheon, Korea)
2011    IAC PARIS Members Exhibition(Paris)
     Invited to 6 Gyenggido World Ceramic Bennale,(yeoju,Korea)
2012   Shumei Cultural Award