photo Iwao Shinnou

Iwao Shinnou

My technique is to turn china clay into slip and brush on many layers to give strong figurative expressions; I have coined the term tsuiji (layered clay) to describe this technique.
My major style of work is seiji (celadon), hakuji (white porcelain), and seihakuji (pale blue porcelain) on which line patterns are layered to best show figurative expressions.

The lines created by the tsuiji technique flow from the inside to the outside through the rim to connect the inner and outer decoration; in this approach, I am aware of the integration of figurative arts where the tsuiji technique is not confined to simple surface decoration.

In my work I aim to express stillness and motion by creating forms and clay lines embodying tension and relaxation, and also capture the play of faint light and shadow on the body. I pursue an overall harmony in my work without losing the dynamic contrast of these two opposing elements.

Works

Information

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

Career

  • 1957
    Born in Kyoto
  • 1980
    Graduated from Kinki University
  • 1981
    Completed the Ceramics Course at the Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Research
  • 1982
    Graduated from the Kyoto Prefectural Vocational Training School of Ceramics
  • 1983
    Completed the Specialised Ceramics Course at the Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Research
  • 1992
    Specially invited to submit to the Contemporary Arts and Crafts of Kyoto Exhibition (Museum of Kyoto)
  • 1995
    Specially invited to submit to the “Crafts of Shiga – Traditional Ceramics” Exhibition (Museum of Modern Art, Shiga)
  • 2002
    Specially invited to submit to the “Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition” International Touring Exhibition (His work was purchased by the Japan Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
  • 2003
    Specially invited to submit to the “Contemporary Korean and Japanese Ceramics Exhibition” (Kumho Museum, Seoul)
    Selected for the 17th Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition (His work was purchased by the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo)
  • 2004
    Received the Shiga Board of Education Superintendent’s Award at the 33rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition
  • 2005
    Specially invited to submit to the “Ceramics of the Lake Country” Exhibition (Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park)
  • 2006
    Selected for the 53rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (His work was purchased by the Imperial Household Agency)
  • 2007
    Specially invited to submit to the “Contemporary Japanese Textiles and Metalwork from Materials & Artistry to Forms” Exhibition (Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki/Gallery Voice)
    Specially invited to submit to the “Invitation to Modern Ceramic Art – Japan and Europe” (Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo)
    Selected for the 54th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (His work was purchased by the Imperial Household Agency)
  • 2009
    His work was acquired by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • 2010
    Part-time lecturer at the Department of Crafts in the Kyoto City University of Arts (Up until 2013)
  • 2011
    Specially invited to submit to the “20th Century Ceramics – From Kenkichi TOMIMOTO to Kazuo YAGI” Exhibition (Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo)
  • 2012
    Invited for the Artist-in-residence programme (Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park)
  • 2013
    Specially invited to submit to the “Challenging New-age Ceramics” Exhibition (Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park)
  • 2014
    Specially invited to submit to the “From Crafts to Kogei” Exhibition (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
    Specially invited to submit to the “Beauty of KŌGEI:Art Crafts in Japan” Exhibition (Japan Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan /Singapore)
  • Present
    Shiga Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property Holder Director at the Japan Kogei Association

Award

  • 1994
    Received the Excellence Award at the 1994 Kyoto Kogei Biennale Exhibition
  • 2004
    Received the Excellence Award at the 1st Kikuchi Biennale (Musee Tomo, Tokyo)
  • 2006
    Received the Shiga Board of Education Superintendent’s Award at the 35th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition
  • 2009
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 56th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2011
    Received the Chairman of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the 58th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2012
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
    Received the Otsu Special Cultural Award
    Received the title of Ayabe City Philanthropist
    Received the Grand Prize at the 7th Paramita Ceramics Awards Exhibition (Paramita Museum, Mie)
  • 2013
    Received the 23rd Shumei Culture Prize (MIHO MUSEUM)