photo Ken Shomura

Ken Shomura

Based on hakuji (white porcelain) of Arita ware, I take up the challenge of applying engraving and painting, glaze coloring, and crimson or indigo blue painting. My aim is to create ceramics that while maintaining their distinctive features, are pleasing to the eye and touch.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Ceramic
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Secretary, Japan Kogei Association Western Branch
    Secretary, TOBI, the Ceramic Art Society of Japan
    Director, Saga Ceramic Art Association

Career

  • 1968
    Graduated from Ceramics Course, Arita Technical High School
  • 2013
    Secretary of the TOBI, the Ceramic Art Society of Japan Exhibition
  • 2014
    Vice-president of Arita Ceramic Art Association
  • 1969
    Studied under INOUE Manji, a living national treasure, for 6 years
  • 1971
    Selected for West Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition (first time);
    selected 43 times to date
  • 1975
    Selected for Issuikai Ceramics Exhibition (first time); after being selected
    8 times accepted as a member
  • 1977
    Selected for Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition
  • 1978
    Selected for Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (first time);
    selected 31 times to date
  • 1989
    Director, Saga Ceramic Art Association
  • 1991
    Secretary, Saga Ceramic Art Association
  • 1993
    Visited US to donate his work to Sackler Gallery of Art, the National Museum
    of Asian Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • 1996
    Commended by the governor as an outstanding skilled worker; secretary,
    Japan Kogei Association Western Japan Branch
  • 1997
    Director, Saga Ceramic Art Association; committee member, Issuikai Ceramics Department
  • 1999
    "Exploring Porcelain" - Beyond White Porcelain - NHK broadcast
  • 2000
    Submitted to Saga Contemporary Ceramics from the Home of Japanese Porcelain,
    British Museum
  • 2004
    Submitted to Arita Ceramic Art Association Meissen Exhibition, and Berlin Exhibition

Award

  • 1980
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize and the Saga Shimbun Cultural Incentive Award at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (work later purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs) 
  • 1981
    Received the Governor's Award at the Sage Prefecture Exhibition 
  • 1983
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the Western Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition 
  • 1988
    Received the Prime Minister's Award at the Western Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition (Western Japan Ceramic Awards), the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Incentive Award at the Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition, and the Member's Grand Prize at the Issuikai Ceramics Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Incentive Award at the Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition 
  • 1999
    Received the Second Prize at the Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition