Maeta Akihiro Japanese, Living National Treasure, b. 1954

Maeta Akhiro is a highly influential artist and considered the leading white porcelain ceramicist of his generation. Maeta does not actually form his pieces on a potter’s wheel, but rather, uses the wheel only for the initial throw of his works. He forms the faceted designs in much of his pottery by hand, through free-form sculpting and molding with just fingers and palms. Then, in what is a contemplative process for Maeta, 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 works are unlike any other contemporary Japanese porcelain: pure, serene, and seemingly perfect. In 2007, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.


Selected Public Collections
British Museum | London 
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo 
Indianapolis Museum of Art | Indiana, US
Musée Ariana | Switzerland
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Pennsylvania, US
Auckland Museum | Auckland, New Zealand