photo Kazuhiro Toyosumi

Kazuhiro Toyosumi

This is one of the works in the “Tenpyo no Hana” series that I have kept producing for the past dozen years or so. In the ancient city of Nara, where I was born and brought up, I imagined the olden times when Buddhist culture blossomed in the Nara period now long past. I put my impressions of the “time” of the Tenpyo era (729-749) into clay, and expressed the shape, coloration, and textures to give a certain feel to the piece; as if it has just been excavated.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Ceramic
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Member, Nara Municipal Artists Association

Career

  • 1947
    Born in Nara City
  • 1970
    Graduated from the Design Department at the Osaka University of Arts
  • 1970
    Travelled to Europe
  • 1972
    Studied at the Paris Craft Arts University (Ceramics Department), France
    Completed after 3 years
    Studied under M.PIERRE ROULOT
  • 1976
    Returned to Japan after 5 years in France
  • 1977
    Established the Sahogama kiln (Tsunenagabo Studio)
  • 1981
    Attended the Kyoto Saga Art College for 1 year (OHNISHI Masataro’s glazing experiments)
  • 1982
    Established the Obogama kiln
  • 1983
    Selected for the 38th Shinshou Kogei Exhibition at the first attempt
  • 1984
    Selected for the 13th Japan Kogei Association Kinki Branch Exhibition (Presently Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition) at the first attempt (Submitted, selected and awarded several times to date)
  • 1987
    Selected for the 9th Japanese Shin-Kogei Exhibition at the first attempt
    Selected for the 25th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition at the first attempt
    Selected for the 40th Kyoto Kogei Biennale (Presently the Kyoto Arts & Crafts Exhibition) at the first attempt (Submitted up until the 45th Exhibition)
    Selected for the 34th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for the first time (Submitted and selected several times to date)
  • 1989
    Selected for the 10th Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition for the first time (Submitted and selected several times to date)
  • 1991
    Selected for the 1st Yakishime Ceramics Public Exhibition
  • 1992
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Recommended as a member of the Nara Artist Association
  • 1994
    Judge of the Crafts Section at the 12th Nara City Exhibition (Also held the post at the 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 26th, and 28th Exhibitions)
  • 2008
    Judge at the 37th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition
  • 2010
    Jury member of the Crafts Section at the Nara City Exhibition
    Selected for many other exhibitions. Held solo exhibitions nationwide
  • Present
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Member, Nara Artist Association
  • Solo exhibitions
    Osaka Nanba Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo Ginza Matsuya Department Store, Osaka Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Takarazuka Seibu Department Store, Paris, France, English Antique Furniture Alice, Washi Club, Tsuboya Gallery, Gallery Ai, Gallery Higashi-oji, Gallery Mai, Art Salon Miyazaki, Atelier Rupubun, Gofusya, Gallery Kinowa, Gallery Hakmokren

    Group exhibitions
    Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Museum of Arts & Crafts Itami, Nara City Museum of Art, Osaka Mitsukoshi Department Store, Nara Kintetsu Department Store, Nara Sogo Department Store, Art Salon Miyazaki, Gallery Higashi-oji, Gallery Ando, Gofusya, Tokyo Daikanyama iStudio in Nara

    Donated his work to Tezukayama Gakuen in commemoration of their 70th anniversary

Award

  • 1990
    Received the Nara Board of Education Superintendent’s Award at the 19th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition
  • 2002
    Received the Nikkei Inc. Award at the 31st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Exhibition