Celadon vase with floral windmill pattern, 2014Celadon vase with floral windmill pattern, 2014; porcelain; h. 4 1/4 x dia. 18 1/8 inches (10.8 x 46 cm)


Celadon vase with wood grain patterns, 1986Celadon vase with wood grain patterns, 1986; porcelain; h. 4 x dia. 17 2/5 in. (10.2 x 44.4 cm)

Tsutsui Hiroaki (b. 1951)

Tsutsui Hiroaki’s career as a ceramic artist stems from his life-long fascination with celadons. After his first apprenticeship in Kutani ware production, Tsutsui moved to Kyoto in 1967 to study with the acclaimed ceramic artists Shimizu Uichi (1926–2004) and Kawase Mitsuyuki (1933– ). In 1980, he opened his own kiln in the Hotaka Mountain region of Nagano, where he continued to experiment and seek mastery of porcelains. His wide-ranging oeuvre results from his exploration with various techniques and expressions in porcelain, including hoko-saiji or polychrome porcelain, which employs matt glazes and shallow relief techniques. His other specialty is celadon work in clean and sharp forms composed of curves. By combining the traditional mokuri-mon, or wood grain patterns, and soft colored celadon glazes with those forms, he is able to juxtapose softness and sharpness in his porcelains.

His works have been featured at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern Arts, Tokyo, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, and others.

Tsutsui Hiroaki (b. 1951) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

ontemporary Japanese Ceramics by Living National Treasures and Other Masters, Embassy of Japan, Washington DC
Asia Week New York 2014, Onishi Gallery, NY

Selected Public Collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art