Masaya Imanishi

  • Ceramics
  • 1947 -
Masaya Imanishi

Producing porcelain with blue and black underglaze decorations. I consider underglaze decorated artwork as a combination of figurative art and pictorial underglaze decorating techniques. The theme of the artwork and what is being expressed should be something visually convincing. My main theme when working on my artwork is "the energy of nature". I use the elements of nature such as trees, soil, water, wind, sound etc. as motifs for my work, and I try to express myself in the underglaze decorated porcelain pieces. I not only use traditional pigments such as zaffer, but I also use pigments that I developed myself to make "black and white porcelain" while following the traditional techniques.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1947 Born in Akishino Town, Nara as the third son of ceramic artist Hiroshi Imanishi
  • 1952 Loses his hearing in his left ear and develops APD (Auditory Processing Disorder)
  • 1974 After graduating from Kyoto City University of Arts, studies blue underglaze decoration of porcelain directly from Living National Treasure Yuzo Kondo for 8 years
  • 1979 Becomes Full Member of the Japan Kōgei Association
  • 1984 Publishes "Yakimono wo Tsukuro (Let's Make Pottery)" (Bunken Shuppan)
  • 1991 Dispatched by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as overseas artist trainee for one year in the US
  • 1993 Teaches at the Pennsylvania State University as associate professor
  • 1997 Produced artwork as guest lecturer at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Artist in Residence Program
  • 1999 Produced artwork and held a solo exhibition at Southern Illinois University
  • 2004 Solo exhibition at Holter Museum of Art (Helena, Montana, USA)
  • 2006 Invited to submit to the Archie Bray Foundation International Exhibition
  • 2007 Produced artwork and held a solo exhibition as guest researcher at Kansas State University
  • 2013 Solo exhibition and workshop at Longwood University (Virginia, USA)
  • 2014 Lecturer of "Japanese Ceramics" at Rhode Island School of Design
  • 2019 Produced trophy platter for the "Nippon Export Award" on request of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (produced 11 times from 2004)
  • 2020 Met oriental art researcher Stephen Addiss and produced an ink painting
  • <Solo exhibitions>
    Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, USA etc.

  • Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
  • Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
  • Tsurui Museum of Art
  • Nara City
  • Ando Town, Nara Prefecture
  • Hiromine Shrine, Himeji City
  • Embassy of Belgium in Japan
  • Embassy of Luxembourg in Japan
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Everson Museum of Art
  • Canton Museum of Art
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Holter Museum of Art
  • Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art (Kansas State University)
  • Art and Design West Gallery (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
  • Sharp Museum (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
  • Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Utah State University)
  • Archie Bray Foundation
  • Montana State Government etc.

Price Range

$ 300 - 7,000

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