Peter Hamann American , b. 1956

Peter Hamann was born in 1956 in Basset, Nebraska. He attended a workshop under Warren McKenzie and Jack Troy from Bethany College in the summer of 1977.  He took residency in Sasayama, Japan in 1982, where his passion for Japanese culture led him to study Yabunouchi-style tea ceremony under Master Chikuyuu Fukuda (Zuichikuan) from 1988 to present. Peter then received a Certificate of Graduation from the Tekisui Museum in Ashiya, Japan in 1988, which was a full-time, two year course in Ceramics.  Later in 2010, Peter obtained his license to teach ceremonial tea techniques and in 2015, Peter gained Japanese citizenship, and took the Japanese name of ‘Sougen Itani.’ 


Selected Exhibitions 
2018 Asia Week, New York, US
2017 The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2013 TOBI: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, New York | Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists, New York
2011 The Exhibition of Traditional Japanese Art Crafts, National Show (Tours Japan)
Selected Public Collections
Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park | Shiga, Japan  
American Museum of Ceramic Art | Pomona, California  Waikato Art Museum | Hamilton, New Zealand  Southland Art Gallery and Museum | Ivercargil, New Zealand