Yoshikawa, Masamichi

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Chigasaki City
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Yoshikawa Masamichi is born in Chigasaki City in 1946. He is one of the Japanese contemporary ceramists who have gained international recognition. Yoshikawa has often exhibited his works internationally and has become known for the white and bluish style of his ceramic artworks, the smooth and yet uneven surface of some of these items reflecting the light. Having wanted to become an interior designer in young years and having visited the Japanese Design Academy, the artist had immediately felt comfortable with the colors of the Chinese white and bluish white ceramics. Working in Tokoname, a traditional Japanese center for ceramics, he found his artistic niche - the shiny white and bluish colors have since then become the trademark of his ceramic artworks. All his ceramics are made of assembled slabs and through a special technique of applying the celadon, they gain their distinctive texture. Before establishing his own studio in Tokoname in 1975, Yoshikawa worked with Junpei Sugie and in other studios. He creates vases, boxes, plates and other objects in various different forms. An artwork has been displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the exhibition Japanese Ceramics for the New Century. Yoshikawa has recently become Professor of School of Art and Formative Arts at Nagoya University of Arts. In the last few decades he has shown his artworks internationally in solo exhibitions in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and other countries. Yoshikawa has been awarded numerous art prizes such as the Grand Prize at the First Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale in 2004. His ceramic works have also been acquired by public collections like the Victora and Albert Museum. (text: Sast Report).

Pictures: Yoshikawa Masamichi, portrait (source Sast Report); Yoshikawa in his workshop (source Loes & Reinier Internaional Ceramics Deventer (NL)); Chawan in porcelain (source Artnet.com); slabbuilt piece with celadon glaze (source Infocerámica); slabbuilt piece with celadon glaze (collection Metropolitan Museum of Art New York).