photo Hokuto Ito

Hokuto Ito

With patterns and compositions incorporating the symbolic capture of plants and animals, I express my unique individuality; I cannot do this with traditional iroe porcelain (decorated with a colored picture).
In the formation and pattern composition, I pursue the unfolding of decorative beauty, and continuously take up the challenge and possibilities of working with iroe.



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  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association


  • 1961:Born in Nakano Ward, Tokyo
  • 1987:Graduated from the Department of Crafts at the Tokyo
    University of the Arts
  • 1989:Completed his Master’s Degree in Ceramics at the
    Department of Crafts, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1989:Apprenticed to FUJIMOTO Yoshimichi (Living National
  • 1990:Selected for the Eastern Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Exhibition (Selected several times to date)
  • 1993:Established his kiln in Hino City, Tokyo
  • 1997:Solo exhibition at Nihonbashi Takashimaya
    (Held biannually to date)
  • 1997:Two-men Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
    (Held biannually to date)
  • 1999:Selected for the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    (Selected in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,
    and 2013)
  • 2005:Appeared on “Utsuwa Yume Kobo” on NHK-BS2 broadcast
  • 2007:Full member, Japan Kogei Association


  • 2003:Received the Eastern Branch Prize at the 43rd Japanese
    Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition