photo Manji Inoue

Manji Inoue

INOUE is the leading expert of hakuji (white porcelain), and a master-hand at the pottery wheel. He continues pursuing the beauty of wheel-thrown hakuji, and also produces decorated hakuji pieces.

Work

Detail

  • Category
    CERAMICS
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    INOUE is the leading expert of hakuji (white porcelain), and a master-hand at the pottery wheel. He continues pursuing the beauty of wheel-thrown hakuji, and also produces decorated hakuji pieces.
  • Status
    Living National Treasure

Carrer

  • 1929
    Born in Arita Town, Saga Prefecture
  • 1967
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Incentive Award twice at the Kyusyu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
  • 1969
    Taught ceramics as a dispatch lecturer at the Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts for 5 months starting March, and travelled to the USA 4 times for lectures up until 1976
  • 1971
    Selected for the Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition, and invited to submit to the Canada-USA touring exhibition and the South America touring exhibition (-2000)
  • 1979
    Recognized as a Contemporary Master Craftsman by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare
  • 1983
    Travelled to the USA 19 times to conduct art lectures at the New Mexico State University Department of Art. Currently a lecturer in the Art Education Program
  • 1986
    Visited Jingdezhen, China
    Study tour of European art
  • 1986
    Awarded by Saga Prefecture for Distinguished Service in Arts and Culture
  • 1988
    Invited to discuss art with the Prime Minister
  • 1993
    Commended for Distinguished Service to the Saga Prefectural Government
  • 1968
    Selected for the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. Full member, Japan Kogei Association (-2012)
  • 1995
    Solo exhibition in Germany for the Japan-Germany Cultural Exchange Exhibition in April
    (Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Germany Art Museum)
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) in May
    Judge at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Submitted to the “Modern Masters of Ceramics: Works by Eight Living National Treasures” Exhibition
  • 1997
    Solo exhibition at the Néprajzi Múzeum for a cultural exchange in October
    Work submitted to the 1996 Japan Traditional Art Crafts purchased by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1997
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in November
  • 1999
    Solo exhibition in Monaco “Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Prince Rainier’s Accession” for cultural exchange
  • 2000
    His work was purchased and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, in April
    Solo exhibition at the Centro Cultural de Belém, Portugal, for a cultural exchange in October
  • 2001
    His work was purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
  • 2003
    Jury member at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition in August
    Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in November
  • 2007
    Solo exhibition at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, for a cultural exchange
  • 2012
    Solo exhibition in New York, USA, for a cultural exchange in September
    Solo exhibition in Hong Kong for cultural exchange in December

Prize

  • 1958
    Selected for and awarded the Governor Award and the Art Association Award, among others, at the Saga Prefectural Exhibition. Submitted to the Prefectural Selection Exhibition twice
  • 1963
    Selected for and awarded the Issuikai Award and the Member’s Grand Prize at the Issuikai Ceramics Exhibition
  • 1987
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition in September
    His work was purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 2002
    Received the Nishinippon Cultural Award