Living National Treasure Osamu Suzuki

  • Ceramics
  • 1934 -
Osamu Suzuki

The majority of my works are Shino ware, but my aim is to be creative and original.
To fulfill this aim, I have experimented and explored in my own way different modes of expression, unconventional production methods, and ways of thinking about ceramics.
Fifty years have passed since I first started making ceramics, and I have consistently followed this path. In the future I will stick to this approach, but I also want to take up many challenges in fields of ceramics other than Shino ware.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Status Living National Treasure (Important Intangible Cultural Property for Shino ware )
  • 1934 Born in Dachi Town, Toki City
  • 1959 Submitted to the 8th Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition (hosted by Asahi Shimbun) for the first time (Honorable Mention)
    Selected for the 6th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1964 Invited to submit to the International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1967 First solo exhibition titled “1st Suzuki Osamu Ceramics Exhibition” at Nihonbashi Takashimaya
  • 1968 Invited to submit to the “New Generation of Ceramic Art in Japan” Exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1983 Submitted to the “Japanese Ceramics Today―Masterworks from the Kikuchi!” Exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in the USA and the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK
  • 1985 Exhibited one set of banquet tableware at the solo exhibition titled “Ryuryo Tensho” (Kikuchi Guest House, Toranomon)
  • 1994 Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of Shino Ware
  • 1995 Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 1998 Held the “Osamu Suzuki Exhibition”, hosted by Asahi Shimbun, at Mitsukoshi Etoile Art Gallery, Paris
  • 1999 Held a return exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi and Nagoya Mitsukoshi
  • 2001 “Shino – Living National Treasure Suzuki Osamu Exhibition” hosted by Nikkei, Chunichi Shimbun and Television Aichi Broadcasting at Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Osaka Nanba Takashimaya, Kyoto Shijo Takashimaya, Yokohama Takashimaya, and Nagoya Matsuzakaya Museum
  • 2006 Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
  • 2010 “Ryuryo Tensho – Shino Wares of Suzuki Osamu Exhibition” at Musee Tomo

  • 1961Received the President of NHK Prize at the 8th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1962Received the Grand Prix at the Prague International Ceramics Competition
  • 1967Received the Chairman of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the 14th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1968Received the Japan Ceramic Society Award
  • 1982Received the Japan Ceramic Society Gold Award
  • 1987Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the Geijutsu Sensho Awards
  • 2006Received the Grand Prize at the 1st Musee Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony Exhibition
  • 2010Received the Excellence Award at the 3rd Musee Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony Exhibition
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