Maeta Akihiro Japanese, Living National Treasure, b. 1954

Maeta Akihiro is a highly influential artist and is considered the leading white porcelain ceramicist of his generation. Maeta does not form his pieces on a potter’s wheel, but uses the wheel only for the initial throw of his works. He forms the faceted designs of his pottery by hand, through free form sculpting and molding with just his fingers and palms. Then, prior to the glazing process, he uses a single blade to trim and erase any traces or marks of his hand. Finally, the works are fired in a relatively low temperature gas kiln. The resulting white porcelain sculptures are elegant tributes to simple beauty without excess. His porcelain works are uniquely pure, serene, and perfect. In 2007, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.


Selected Awards and Exhibitions

2016-2020  Asia Week, New York, US
2017  The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2016  Treasures of the World from The British Museum, National Museum of Singapore
2014  From Crafts to Kogei: In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts                      Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Selected Public Collections
British Museum | London, UK
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo, Japan
Indianapolis Museum of Art | Indiana, US
Musée Ariana | Switzerland
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Pennsylvania, US
Auckland Museum | Auckland, New Zealand