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Hiroyuki Wakimoto

Testaments

Japanese Bizen Ceramics inspired by the American Southwest

June 29 - July 25, 2012

Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testaments Ceramics Show

See more of this artist's work:
2002 show
, 2003 show, 2004 show, 2005 show, 2006 show, 2007 show, 2009 show, 2010 show, 2012 show,  2016 show

 

 

Hiroyuki Wakimoto  脇本博之 - Ancient Inspirations in Modern Bizen Ceramics

For centuries, wood-fired pottery from the "six ancient kilns" in Japan (Tanba, Bizen, Echizen, Shigaraki, Tokoname, and Seto) helped cultivate a quiet aesthetic sensibility and appreciation for simple unadorned beauty. The pottery center of Bizen produced many exceptional ceramists and more Living National Treasures than any other historic pottery areas. This luminous heritage offers great inspirations for contemporary ceramists, but at the same time leaves an enormous legacy for them to live up to. Traditionally, Bizen pottery is made for use. Blessed with a good local clay that turns brilliant red after firing, historically Bizen ceramists emphasized firing effects yet adhered to functional conservative forms. It is a challenge for Bizen artists to innovate without risking disconnection from old Bizen tradition. Hiroyuki Wakimoto is a notable exception who successfully integrates creativity with the Bizen tradition.

Born in 1952 in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu, Hiroyuki Wakimoto received art training in textile design in Osaka Art College. In his senior year, while visiting a friend who was doing an apprenticeship in Bizen, Wakimoto found his true calling. He began an apprenticeship under George Yamashita, an accomplished ceramist who studied under Living National Treasure Jun Isezaki. With a great interest in forms and training in design, Wakimoto set out to create some of the most interesting works in contemporary Japanese ceramics, recognized by bold, sophisticated forms with clean lines and beautiful fire markings.


The Achilles heel of many innovative wood-fire ceramists is in the firing process. In this respect, Wakimoto’s mastery of the firing process is legendary. He does a 14-days firing once a year in a three-chambered noborigama (climbing kiln) that holds up to a thousand pieces, representing his entire year’s work. This working style requires extraordinary confidence and impeccable technical expertise. He keeps detailed records of every firing, including data on temperature and the exact position of every piece in the kiln. Wakimoto's meticulous approach and technical excellence allow him to carry his artistic visions to fruition.

Wakimoto has long been interested in ancient cultures. Some of his early works were inspired by old Japanese and Chinese utensils. In 2004, Wakimoto visited New Mexico on invitation by Touching Stone Gallery and the New Mexico Museum of International Folk Art to exhibit at the inaugurating International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. During that visit, Wakimoto held a roundtable discussion on wood-fired pottery with local ceramic artists, and toured some of the ancient Native American ruins in the area. The distinctive culture of the Southwest left a strong impression on Wakimoto, casting subtle influences on his subsequent works. Some of the works in his current show appear to be inspired by architectural designs of the ancient ruins, testaments to a fascinating dialog between the diverse ancient cultures in the East and West. 

Wakimoto visiting Pecos Monument
Wakimoto exploring the Pecos Historical Monument, New Mexico in 2004

During his distinguished career, Wakimoto has won many prestigious awards, including the Grand Prize of Yakishime Exhibition. Since his American debut in 2002, he has exhibited every year or two in Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe. His works continuously evolved, every show is fresh, original and exciting. Such untiring quest for new ideas is possibly the most important attribute of a creative artist, a quality that may ultimately distinguish art itself from craft.

  

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 1bHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 1c

Testament No. 1

 wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   26" x 7.5" x 10.5"h  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 2aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 2b

Testament No. 2
wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   11"h x 8.5" x 4"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 3aHiroyuki Wakimoto testament 3d

Testament No. 3

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   10"h x 6.5" x 5.5"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 4cHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 4b

Testament No. 4

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   8"h x 8" x 7"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 4bHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 5a

Testament No. 5

  wood-fired ceramic bowl   8.5" x 8" x 5"h  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 6aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 6b

Testament No. 6

 wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   10.5"h x 8" x 3"  (2 views)

 

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 7aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 7b

Testament No. 7

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   9"h x 7" x 3"  (2 views)






Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 8aHiroyuki Wakimoto testament 8b

Testament No. 8

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   9.5"h x 7" x 4"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 9b Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 9a

Testament No. 9

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   10"h x 8" x 5"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 10bHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 10a

Testament No. 10

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   7" x 3.5" x 6.5"h  (2 views)

 

 

 

 

 

Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 11aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 11b

Testament No. 11

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   7.5"h x 5" x 3.5"  (2 views)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 12aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 12b

Testament No. 12

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   14"h x 9.5" x 7"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 13aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 13b

Testament No. 13

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   7.5"h x 5.5" x 4.5"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 14aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 14b

Testament No. 14

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   8.5"h x 7.5" x 5"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 15bHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 15a

Testament No. 15

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   7.5"h x 5.5" x 4.5"  (2 views)

 

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 16aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 19b

Testament No. 16

  wood-fired ceramic vase/sculpture   9"h x 6" x 4.5"  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 17aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 17b

Testament No. 17

  wood-fired ceramic bowl   8" x 7.5" x 5"h  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 18aHiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 18b

Testament No. 18

  wood-fired ceramic bowl   6.5" x 5.5" x 5"h  (2 views)

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 19a

Testament No. 19

  wood-fired ceramic hanging plate   16"h x 5.5" x 1.5"

 

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 20a 

Testament No. 20

  wood-fired ceramic hanging vase   12"h x 5" x 1.5"

 

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 21a

Testament No. 21

  wood-fired ceramic wall plate   10.5"h x 6.5" x 1"

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 22a

Testament No.22

  wood-fired ceramic wall plate  11"h x 8" x 1.5"

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 23a Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 24a

Testament No. 23

  wood-fired ceramic hanging vase   6"h x 4.5" x 3"

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Testament No. 24

  wood-fired ceramic hanging vase  6"h x 5" x 3"

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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 25a Hiroyuki Wakimoto Testament 26a

Testament No. 25

  wood-fired ceramic hanging vase  7"h x 4.5" x 2"

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Testament No. 26

  wood-fired ceramic hanging vase  5"h x 6" x 2"

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Wakimoto discussing wood firing
Hiroyuki Wakimoto (left) discussing wood-firing at the Anagama in Madrid, New Mexico with
 ceramist Betsy Williams (2nd left), Touching Stone Gallery co-owner Akiko Hirano (3rd left), University
of New Mexico ceramic art professor Bill Gilbert (4th left), and ceramist Dan Feibig (5th left) (2004).


Exhibitions & Awards

1952     Born in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu

1975     Osaka Art College

1981     Apprenticeship under Bizen ceramist Joji Yamashita

1990     Established own kiln in Bizen

            Honorable Mention, 52nd Itt-sui Kai Ten

1991     8th Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

            2nd Biennial Ceramic Exhibition

            38th Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

            1st Yaki-shime Ten

            Honorable Mention, 53rd Itt-sui Kai Ten

1992     9th Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

            30th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition

            39th Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

            54th Itt-sui Kai Ten

1993     Honorable Mention, 3rd Biennial Ceramic Exhibition

            31st Asahi Ceramics Exhibition

            36th Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition, China Branch

            Asahi Contemporary Arts & Crafts Invitational Exhibition

1994     11th Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

            Grand Prize, 2nd Yaki Shime Juried Show

            Chairman’s Award, Japan Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Chu-goku Chapter

1995     12th Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

            13th Japan Ceramics Exhibition

            42th Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

1996     13th Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

            34th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition

1997     14th Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

            35th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition

            44th Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition

            Nominated as a permanent member of Japan Arts & Crafts Association

1998     15th Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

1999     37th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition

2000     3 - 4 shows every year in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe

2002     Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2003     Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo

            Tenmaya, Takamatsu

            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2004     Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo

            Tenmaya, Fukuoka

            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

            Invited artist, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market 2004, USA

2005    Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo

            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2006    Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

            Komats Yamato, Ishikawa Prefecture

2007    Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo

            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2008    Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo

2009    Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo

            Tenmaya, Kurashiki

           Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2010    Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo

            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2011    Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo

           Gallery Yabuki, Okayama

           Sogo Department Store, Kobe

2012    Gallery Aoyama, Yokyo

           Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA 

 

Publication

2002    Omen - An article on Hiroyuki Wakimoto's work, by Tim Wong & Akko Hirano. In: Ceramics: Art & Perception, no. 48, pp. 97 - 99.