Blue Bizen Vessel with White Clay Patterns, 2017; stoneware; h. 10 5/8 x dia. 16 1/8 in. (27 x 41 cm)

 

Blue Bizen vessel with white clay patterns, 2013Blue Bizen vessel with white clay patterns, 2013; stoneware; h. 13 x dia. 18 inches (33 x 46 cm)

 

Blue Bizen vessel with white clay patterns, 2012Blue Bizen vessel with white clay patterns, 2012; stoneware; h. 13 3/10 x w. 18 4/5 x d. 18 4/5 in. (34 x 48 x 48 cm)

 

suzuki-miki_for-webBlue Bizen Triangular Vessel  with White Clay Patterns, 2015, stoneware,
h. 13 x w. 19 1/4 x d. 10 3/4 in. (33 x 49 x 27 cm)

Suzuki Miki (b. 1970)

Suzuki Miki was born in Bizen, Okayama and is the oldest son of the distinguished ceramist Suzuki Kōichi (1942– ). Eager to learn about different traditions of ceramic works outside of his hometown, he went to Kyoto and studied at the Ceramic Training School. After his graduation, he went on to study with the ceramist Okamoto Akira (1941– ).

His most recent invention is ao-Bizen or blue-Bizen, a specific blue color achieved by a delicate firing process, not by glazing or applying pigments. He is also known for application of white clay to the blue surface, using itchin, a decorative technique that creates curvilinear white patterns of hakudei-mon, or clay. This method is new to Bizen wares, which have a long history, beginning with Sue-ki or the gray and unglazed stone wares that Korean immigrants brought to Japan in the 5th or 6th century. Suzuki’s goal is to harmoniously combine traditional Bizen with new and ambitious techniques. He wishes to embrace history while still seeking to explore many exciting possibilities.

In 2013, his work became part of the permanent collection at the Worcester Art Museum.


Suzuki Miki (b. 1970) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

2009
Heritage: Japanese Works by Contemporary Artists, Onishi Gallery, New York