Sekisui Ito

Mumyoi-yaki, the fine Japanese pottery made from reddish clay known as mumyoi. Producing the clay, the heart of Sado’s goldmine shares 200 years of history with people.
Akamizu Kiln has a long tradition that was started by ITO Tomizaburo (HAGUCHIYA Jinbei) during the Tempo period. His grandson Tomitaro called himself ITO Sekisui, and Sekisui II, III and IV followed this trade.
Their works received a number of awards at exhibitions at home and abroad, meanwhile the generations of the family were privileged with the honor of purchases by the Imperial family.
Since ITO Yoichi succeeded to Sekisui V in 1977, he has received numerous awards at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition, international exhibitions and others. In 2003 he was appointed a holder of important intangible cultural property (living national treasure).

Work

Detail

  • Category
    CERAMICS
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure

Carrer

  • 1966
    Graduated from Department of Ceramics Industry,
    Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • 1972
    Selected for the 19th Japan Traditional Art
    Crafts Exhibition (first time). Selected for
    successive exhibitions to date
  • 1973
    Selected for the 2nd Japanese Ceramic Arts
    Exhibition (first time). Selected for successive
    exhibitions to date
  • 1976
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1977
    Succeeded to ITO Sekisui, the 5th.
  • 1980
    Invited to submit to Japan-China Ceramic Art
    Exhibition, Taiwan
  • 1981
    Invited to submit to “Japanese Contemporary
    Ceramics Exhibition,” Smithsonian Institution,
    Washington, D.C., US and Victoria and Albert Museum,
    London, UK
  • 1982
    Invited to submit to Exhibition of Everyday
    Ceramics, sponsored by the NNS
    Invited to submit to the 7th Asia Arts Festival and
    Modern Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition, Hong Kong
  • 1983
    Invited to submit to “30 Years of Japanese
    Traditional Art Crafts,” sponsored by the National
    Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
    Contained in the 9th “Contemporary Japanese
    Ceramics,” Kodansha
  • 1985
    Invited to submit to Contemporary Ceramics
    Selected Artist National Exhibition, sponsored by
    the Japan Ceramic Society. Submitted to exhibitions
    to date
  • 1987
    Judge, Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works
    Exhibition
    Invited to submit to “Modern Japanese Ceramic Arts
    Exhibition,” sponsored by the Japan Foundation
    (Touring Exhibition in the world)
  • 1989
    Requested to submit to Japanese Ceramic Arts
    Exhibition. Requested submission to exhibitions to
    date Judge, Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works
    Exhibition
    Contained in the “Contemporary Japanese Ceramic
    Arts,” Tankosha
  • 1990
    Judge, Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works
    Exhibition
    Invited to submit to exhibition commemorating the
    opening of the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Ceramic
    Art Complex 
    “A Full Gamut and Panorama of Ceramic Art in Heisei”
    Exhibition
  • 1992
    Work purchased by Imperial Prince
    Akishinonomiya
  • 1993
    Contained in the “Japan’s Ceramics:
    Modern Age,” Chuokoron-sha
    His work (vase) was sent to the house of Owada
    from Niigata Prefecture in celebration of the
    marriage of Crown Princess Masako
    Submitted to “Modern Japanese Ceramics
    Exhibition,” New York, US, (Berkeley Collection)
  • 1994
    Judge, Japanese Traditional Art Crafts
    New Works Exhibition
    His work (vase) was purchased by the Victoria and
    Albert Museum, UK
  • 1995
    His work (vase) appeared in
    “Japanese Contemporary Ceramics:Tradition and
    Avant-Garde,” UK
    Submitted to Exhibition for benefit auction for
    Blanchette H.Rockefeller fellowship fund
    Submitted to Bowl Exhibition, the Gallery
    First Art, Manhattan, New York
    Invited to submit to “Studio Craft in Japan:
    Tradition and Avant-Garde,” the Victoria and
    Albert Museum, UK
  • 1996
    NHK BS “Exploring Porcelain:ITO Sekisui”
    broadcasted
  • 1997
    Submitted to NHK “Exploring Porcelain
    Exhibition.” Work later purchased by the Agency
    for Cultural Affairs
    Sekisui Ito’s 30th Anniversary:World of Red and
    Flames, sponsored by the Niigata Nippo
  • 1998
    Judge, Japanese Traditional Art Crafts
    New Works Exhibition
  • 1999
    Judge, Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts
    Received the Art and Culture Award
    from the Governor of Niigata Prefecture
  • 2001
    Judge, Japanese Traditional Art Crafts
    New Works Exhibition
  • 2003
    Invited to submit to Celebrating Fifty
    Years of Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Designated as a holder of important intangible
    cultural property (living national treasure)
    Sekisui Ito:Commemorative Exhibition of Living
    National Treasure Designation, sponsored
    by the Niigata Nippo
    Assumed post of Adviser of Japan Kogei Association
    Granted an audience with the Emperor and Empress
    Attended the tea ceremony for holders
    of important intangible cultural property,
    Rensui, Imperial Palace
    His work (incense burner) was presented to
    the Emperor and Empress from the Governor
    Hirayama of Niigata Prefecture through
    Toshio Yuasa, the Imperial Household Agency.
    Jury member, Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Exhibition
  • 2004
    Jury member, Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
    Designated as an honorary citizen of Aikawa Town
    Invited to submit to “The Elegance of Memory
    in Japan” Touring Exhibition, sponsored
    by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 2005
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
    Submitted to “The Elegance of Memory
    in Japan” National Touring Exhibition,
    sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 2006
    Submitted to 50th Anniversary of
    System Establishment:Living National Treasure
    Exhibition, Takashimaya, sponsored by NHK
    Submitted to “Living National Treasure:
    Present” National Touring Exhibition,
    Mitsukoshi Department Store
  • 2007
    Submitted to “Celebrating Fifty Years
    of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition,”
    British Museum, UK
    Chief jury member, Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2008
    Chief jury member, New Ceramics Exhibition
  • 2009
    Jury member, Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
    His work (plate) was presented
    to the Crown Prince from the Governor
    Izumida of Niigata Prefecture
  • 2010
    Received an honorary doctorate, Sado City
  • 2011
    Received the Order of the Rising Sun,
    Gold Rays with Rosette

Prize

  • 1980
    Received the Incentive Award
    at the 20th Japanese Traditional Art Crafts
    New Works Exhibition
    Received the Incentive Award at
    the 27th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1985
    Received the Grand Prize and Chichibunomiya’s cup at
    the 8th Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition
  • 1987
    Received the Japan Ceramic Society Award
  • 1997
    Received the Prince Takamatsu Memorial
    Prize at the 44th Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1998
    Received the Niigata Nippo Culture Award
    in the Art Category