Minoru Yamato

  • Ceramics
  • 1959 -
Minoru Yamato

Kido Airaku (Enjoying pottery and clay)
It has been decades since I was a little boy simply enjoying
playing with clay and being charmed with fire. I was born at a pottery, grew up among artisans, and have been engaged single-mindedly in ceramics. I never lose my spirit of inquiry towards "craftsmanship", and I always dedicate all of my energy to the clay and kiln to make the best piece.
I hope many people will be able to feel the warmth of the clay through my work and enjoy them as vessels and as a part of the family.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Member of the Japan Kōgei Association Yamaguchi Branch
Member of the Hagi Ceramic Artists Association
Member of the Yamaguchi Hagiyaki Artists Association
Full-time instructor at various pottery schools
(also holds public lectures, judges at exhibitions and explains displays etc.)
Studio Yamato Harunobu Shoroku Kiln
  • Sakutaro Yamato (Minoru's great grandfather) who was foreman of the Tokoji Kiln (kiln patronized by the Mori clan) built the Yamato Shoroku Kiln.
    His son Harunobu additionally built a 4 chambered climbing kiln, and Minoru succeeded the "Yamato Harunobu Shoroku Kiln" with a history of more than 160 years as the 4th generation.
  • 1959 Born as the 4th generation of the "Yamato Harunobu Shoroku Kiln"
  • 1980 Graduated from the current Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Ceramics Course
    After having a friendly relationship with Kyoto Ceramics Professional School and training under Living National Treasures and master craftsmen of glaze, concentrated on research of glaze
    Later on, went back to hometown and started working on artwork for exhibitions
  • 1982 Selected consecutively for the Kyushu-Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition, West Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition and West Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
    Artwork "Jar with Streamline Design" purchased by Yamaguchi City for the Mayor's office
  • 1987 Selected for the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition (Selected 6 times)
  • 1990 Selected for the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition consecutively
    Recommended as Full Member of the Japan Kōgei Association
  • 2003 Requested by Setagaya Art Museum to exhibit a large artwork with carbonized fire marks
  • 2017 Selected for the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (18 times)
  • 2021 Solo exhibition at Koganji Temple (Takamatsu, Kagawa) every 2 years (7 times)
  • <Awards Received>
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Encouragement Award for Promotion of Arts and Culture
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Encouragement Award for Merit in Arts and Culture
  • <Solo exhibitions etc.>
    Daimaru Department Store, Kintetsu Department Store, Sogo Department Store, Hanshin Department Store, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, expositions, selected artwork exhibitions, exhibitions at various art museums etc.

  • 2007Received the Branch Manager Award at the Yamaguchi Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • <Other Awards>
    Traditional Kōgei New Works Exhibition (Yamaguchi Branch Manager Award, Asahi Shimbun Award, NHK Broadcasting Station Award, Yamaguchi Asahi Broadcasting Station (yab) Award, Shimonoseki Mayor Award, Daimaru Department Store Award, Sogo Hiroshima Award, Asahi Culture Center Award, Special Judge Award)

Yamato Harunobu Shoroku Kiln

Address 3630 Miyanokami, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Map
Phone 083-928-0460
url https://www.harunobugama.com/

Price Range

$ 1,000 - 4,000

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18 artworks posted