Hiroaki Tsutsui

  • Ceramics
  • 1951 -
Hiroaki Tsutsui

Mainly producing porcelain. Being charmed by the colors of the rivers in Azumino, Nagano where I grew up, I mainly produce seihakuji (pale blue porcelain). I use styluses and bamboo sticks that I make myself to carve patterns to detail. The shape of the vessel is also very important to me.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1951 Born in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture
  • 1972 Accepted as techinical trainee at the Ishikawa Prefecture Industrial Promotion Association
    Starts to study how to make Kutani ware in Komatsu City (trains for 4 years)
  • 1976 Moves to Kyoto and studies under SHIMIZU Uichi and KAWASE Mitsuyuki (4 years)
  • 1978 Selected for the first time for the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (selected 24 times from this year onward)
  • 1979 Selected for the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition
  • 1980 Builds kiln in Hotaka, Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture
  • 1983 Becomes Full Member of the Japan Kogei Association
    First solo exhibition at Nihombashi Takashimaya (5 times in total up to today)
  • 1987 Artwork purchased by the Japan Foundation
  • 1993 Submitted to the "Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections" Exhibition held by the New York, Japan Society
  • 1996 Submitted to "New Expression in Porcelain: Development in the 1990s" Exhibition at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1999 NHK TV program "Yakimono Tanbo" (including talk with movie director HANI Susumu) broadcasted
  • 2000 Artwork dedicated to Ise Jingu
    Submitted to "Modern Crafts of Shinshu" Exhibition sponsored by the Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum (current Nagano Prefectural Art Museum)
  • 2003 Artwork added to the collection of Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum (current Nagano Prefectural Art Museum)
  • 2006 Selected for the 2nd Kikuchi Biennale
  • 2012 Artwork added to the collection of Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
  • 2013 Submitted to exhibition at Onishi Gallery, New York
    Artwork added to the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • 2014 Submitted to exhibition at Onishi Gallery, New York
    Artwork exhibited at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.
    Received the Honorable Mention Award at the 15th Tokyo - New York Friendship Ceramic Competition
  • 2018 Exhibition at the Kyu Otagiri House (Prefectural Treasure) in Suzaka City, Nagano
  • 2019 Solo exhibition at the Imperial Hotel Plaza, Hana Asagi
    Artwork dedicated to Hotaka Jinja (Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture)
  • 2020 Artwork added to the collection of Shizuoka Ceramic Art Museum
  • Solo exhibitions at:
    Takashimaya (Nihombashi, Osaka Namba, Kyoto, Gifu)
    Niigata Mitsukoshi
    Onuma (Yamagata, Yonezawa)
    Daiwa (Kanazawa, Niigata)
    Maruhiro Department Store
    Inoue Department Store (Matsumoto)
    Nagano Tokyu
    Nomura Art Museum (Kyoto)
    Kuroda Touen (Ginza)
    Central Gallery (Nagoya)
    Kyu Otagiri House (Suzaka City, Nagano)
    Hana Asagi (Imperial Hotel Plaza)

  • 1978Received the Nikkei Incentive Award at the Kinki Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (received the same award in 1979)
  • 1985Received the Asahi Shimbun Award at the 32nd Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1996Awarded at the International Art Grand Prize Exhibition '96 in Italy
    Received the 7th Matsumoto Arts and Culture Association Grand Prize
  • 2003Received the Excellence Award at the KITAOJI Rosanjin Exhibition "Tableware Contest"
  • 2007Received the Issuikai Award at the Issuikai Craft Exhibition

  • The Japan Foundation
  • Ise Jingu
  • Nagano Prefectural Art Museum
  • Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • Hotaka Jinja (Azumino City, Nagano)
  • Shizuoka Ceramic Art Museum

Price Range

$ 60 - 6,000

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