Vessel, 2012; stoneware with sprayed slip decoration and gold overglaze; h. 14 9/10 x w. 17 9/10 x d. 9 in. (38 x 45.5 x 23 cm)

Shimizu Ichiji (b. 1961)

Born in the Tanba area of Hyogo, Shimizu Ichiji established his own kiln Hakuyo-gama in 2004, after studying ceramics not only in his hometown but also in other historic kiln sites such as Seto and Bizen. His works using delicate gold lines and scarlet colors along with sprayed slip decorations, are highly praised for their contemporary twists on rustic and earthy conventional Tanba wares.

Since 2003 his works have been acknowledged in mainstream exhibitions such as the one sponsored by the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Association, but also at others such as the Japan Ceramic Exhibition, a biannual competition held since 1971 not limited to artists belonging to specific schools and associations. As a rising artist, Shimizu won a special award sponsored by the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum at their twentieth exhibition in 2009.

Shimizu Ichiji (b. 1961) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists, New York