Sofu Matsuo

MATSUO grew up in Arita, the original city of ceramics, and from his infancy studied under Sofu the first; at the age of 20, to master the production of tea utensils, he moved to Hagi and studied the art of Hagi ware.
Three years later, he opened his kiln and pottery studio in Hagi, and began production of Hagi ware. He also engaged in artistic activities and submitted his works to the Nitten Exhibitions and Japan Contemporary Art Crafts Exhibitions. Since 2002, he started placing his works in the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition.
The submitted pieces include hakuji (white porcelain), seihakuji (pale blue porcelain), and iroe porcelain painted in overglaze enamels, which he mastered during his years in Arita, and at present he plays an active part as a full member of the Japan Kogei Association.
At the Sofu Kiln, he produces both porcelain and Hagi ware works.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Ceramic
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Studio

Career

  • 1947
    Born in Arita Town, Saga Prefecture as the eldest son of MATSUO Sofu I
    Studied under his father from his infancy
  • 1968
    Started producing Hagi ware
  • 1972
    Independent up to the present

Award

  • Selected for the 15th Japan Contemporary Arts
    and Crafts Exhibition
  • Received the NBC Award at the 74th Kyushu Yamaguchi
    Ceramics Exhibition
    Selected for the 17th Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Chugoku Chairman's Award at the 17th Contemporary
    Crafts Chugoku Exhibition
  • Received the Yamaguchi Board of Education Superintendent's Award
    at the 32nd Yamaguchi Prefecture Exhibition
    Received the Contemporary Crafts Award at the 18th Japan Contemporary Arts
    and Crafts Exhibition
    Received Second Prize at the 76th Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
    Selected for the 11th Nitten
    Received Honourable Mention at the 34th Yamaguchi Art Exhibition
    Selected for the 12th Nitten
    Submitted works to the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition since 2002
    Selected for the 49th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Selected for the 50th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibitio
    Received the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Award
    at the 102nd Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
    Selected for the 55th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Selected for the 56th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Tsuchinohana Award
    at the 33rd Yamaguchi Traditional Crafts Exhibition
  • Selected for the 57th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Tsuchinohana Award
    at the 34th Yamaguchi Traditional Crafts Exhibition
    Selected for the 58th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • eceived the NHK Award at the 35th Yamaguchi
    Traditional Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Tsuchinohana Award at the 36th Yamaguchi
    Traditional Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Branch Manager Award at the 37th Yamaguchi
    Traditional Crafts Exhibition