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Hiroyuki Wakimoto
Witness in Time
 September 2 - 30, 2005

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

In 2004, Japanese ceramic artist Hiroyuki Wakimoto visited New Mexico on invitation by Touching Stone Gallery and the New Mexico Museum of International Folk Art to show at the gallery and at the Museum's First International Folk Art Market. Wakimoto has long been fascinated by ancient cultures. His earlier works were inspired by ancient Chinese bronze and prehistoric Japanese Jomon pottery (see Wakimoto's 2002 show). During his stay in New Mexico, he took the opportunity to visit some of the ancient ruins built by the native American Anasazi culture. Upon returning to Japan, he embarked on an interesting project seemingly inspired by both ancient Japanese and Anasazi cultures. The current exhibition, entitled 'Witness in Time', shows some of Wakimoto's most innovative works to date.

Many pieces in this show are composite forms of vases or incense burners. Wakimoto fired the separate components of each piece in different parts of the kiln to produce contrasting colors and textures. Most of the pieces were sculpted from chunks of clay rather than thrown on a wheel. The technique, called "kurinuki", offers great freedom for creating unique shapes. Reflecting on the evolution of his style, Wakimoto recalled, "In the beginning, I cared too much about making my work unique, my hands struggled with the clay. Then one day, I set my hands free to express my honest feelings without thinking too hard. From that day, I felt relaxed and my work became spontaneous".

In the quiet setting of Touching Stone Gallery, Wakimoto's 'Witness in Time' show evokes images of mythical beings, silent witnesses of untold happenings and forgotten legends. Hanging vases on the walls look like worn stone-age tools or discarded arrowheads. Each piece is no longer just a pretty pottery vase, it has the power to transport the viewers across vast space and time, to a primordial world where human needs were the same, and there were little distinctions between the Jomon and Anasazi worlds.

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Witness in Time No.31
ceramic sculpture  9.5" x 6.5" x 4" (3 views)
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Witness in Time No.3 
ceramic sculpture  9" x 4.5" x 4.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.5
  ceramic sculpture  9" x 5" x 4.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.4
ceramic sculpture  10" x 4.5" x 4.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.6 
ceramic sculpture  8" x 5" x 3.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.11 
ceramic sculpture  7.5" x 5.5" x 3" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.12 
ceramic sculpture  8" x 5" x 3" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.13 
ceramic sculpture/incense-burner  8.5" x 5" x 4" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.15 
ceramic sculpture/incense-burner  7" x 5" x 3.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.16 
ceramic sculpture/incense-burner  7" x 5" x 4" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.17
ceramic sculpture/incense-burner  5.5" x 3.5" x 3" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.18
ceramic sculpture/incense-burner  4.75" x 3.5" x 3" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.21 
ceramic sculpture  8" x 7" x 4" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.23 
ceramic sculpture  7.5" x 5" x 4" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.30 
ceramic sculpture  6.5" x 4.5" x 3" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.34 
ceramic sculpture  6.5" x 4.5" x 2.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.36 
 ceramic sculpture  5.5" x 3.5" x 2.5" (2 views)



 
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Witness in Time No.37 
ceramic sculpture  5.5" x 3.5" x 2.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.39 
ceramic sculpture  5.5" x 3.5" x 2.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.40 
ceramic sculpture  5" x 3.5" x 2.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.42 
 ceramic sculpture  5" x 3.5" x 2.5" (2 views)
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Witness in Time No.52 
ceramic hanging vase  13.5" x 2.5" x 2.75"
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Witness in Time No.57 
ceramic hanging vase 6.5" x 4" x 2.5"
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 Witness in Time No.54 
ceramic hanging vase 6.5" x 5.5" x 3"
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Witness in Time No.55 
ceramic hanging vase 5.5" x 4.5" x 2.5"
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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
2003     Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo
            Tenmaya, Takamatsu
            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004     Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo
            Tenmaya, Fukuoka
            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
            Invited artist, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market 2004
2005     Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo
            Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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