photo Osamu Suzuki

Osamu Suzuki

The majority of my works are Shino ware, but my aim is to be creative and original.
To fulfill this aim, I have experimented and explored in my own way different modes of expression, unconventional production methods, and ways of thinking about ceramics.
Fifty years have passed since I first started making ceramics, and I have consistently followed this path. In the future I will stick to this approach, but I also want to take up many challenges in fields of ceramics other than Shino ware.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Ceramic
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure
    (Important Intangible Cultural Property:Shino ware)

Career

  • 1934
    Born in Dachi Town, Toki City
  • 1959
    Submitted to the 8th Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Arts Exhibition (hosted by Asahi Shimbun) for the first time (Honorable Mention)
    Selected for the 6th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1964
    Invited to submit to the International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1967
    First solo exhibition titled “1st Suzuki Osamu Ceramics Exhibition” at Nihonbashi Takashimaya
  • 1968
    Invited to submit to the “New Generation of Ceramic Art in Japan” Exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1983
    Submitted to the “Japanese Ceramics Today―Masterworks from the Kikuchi!” Exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in the USA and the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK
  • 1985
    Exhibited one set of banquet tableware at the solo exhibition titled “Ryuryo Tensho” (Kikuchi Guest House, Toranomon)
  • 1994
    Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of Shino Ware
  • 1995
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 1998
    Held the “Osamu Suzuki Exhibition”, hosted by Asahi Shimbun, at Mitsukoshi Etoile Art Gallery, Paris
  • 1999
    Held a return exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi and Nagoya Mitsukoshi
  • 2001
    “Shino – Living National Treasure Suzuki Osamu Exhibition” hosted by Nikkei, Chunichi Shimbun and Television Aichi Broadcasting at Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Osaka Nanba Takashimaya, Kyoto Shijo Takashimaya, Yokohama Takashimaya, and Nagoya Matsuzakaya Museum
  • 2006
    Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
  • 2010
    “Ryuryo Tensho – Shino Wares of Suzuki Osamu Exhibition” at Musee Tomo

Award

  • 1961
    Received the President of NHK Prize at the 8th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1962
    Received the Grand Prix at the Prague International Ceramics Competition
  • 1967
    Received the Chairman of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the 14th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1968
    Received the Japan Ceramic Society Award
  • 1982
    Received the Japan Ceramic Society Gold Award
  • 1987
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the Geijutsu Sensho Awards
  • 2006
    Received the Grand Prize at the 1st Musee Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony Exhibition
  • 2010
    Received the Excellence Award at the 3rd Musee Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony Exhibition