Maeta Akihiro Japanese, Living National Treasure, 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 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