Born in Kumamoto, one of the most southern prefectures in Japan, Maeda Hideo grew up surrounded by lush greenery. He combines his knowledge of printmaking and inlay techniques to create ceramic wares with intricate geometric designs.
The repetitive patterns seem endless like a brook running through rocky mountains or ripples that emerge onto the surface of a serene lake. Maeda’s aesthetic is inspired by nature, leaning towards earthly and neutral tones such as ochre, charcoal black, and white sand. The potteries are molded in the spirit of wabi-sabi, embracing the object’s simplicity, austerity, and modesty.
Maeda is highly respected for the execution of his original oxidized inlay techniques. He has received many awards for his accomplishments and his works have been featured in numerous exhibitions such as at the Kumamoto Prefectural Craft Museum, Daimaru Department Store, and Tsuruya, among others.