Sakai Hiroshi has pursued his own artistic expressions in Shino wares by integrating traditional and innovative techniques with his aesthetic tastes. Since completing courses at the Tajimi City Ceramic Design Research Center in Gifu, he continued his studies with Kato Kozo (b. 1935), named a Living National Treasure. While Sakai’s use of kairagi, the sharply textured hallmark glaze of Shino wares, pays homage to his respected master, he developed his own distinct coloring using blue zaffer, perfecting the “indigo Shino” glaze. The combination of exquisitely rendered shades of indigo with the crackled kairagi surfaces on his boldly designed vessels are highly regarded both in and outside of Japan.
The artist has also been a frequent participant in international ceramic competitions and exhibitions in Faenza, Italy, Taiwan, and Korea. His works are represented in collections such as the Tajimi Mino Pottery Museum in Japan, the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy, and the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Korea.
- Asia Week, New York, US
- Japan from Prehistory to the Present, British Museum, London, UK
- Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
- Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US
Selected Public Collection
- British Museum, London, UK; Auckland Museum, New Zealand; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Ceramic Art, Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan