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Featured Artist - Hiroyuki Wakimoto
Hiroyuki Wakimoto Pottery
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


Hiroyuki Wakimoto  脇本博之

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. 

Composite forms of vases and incense burners are among Wakimoto's signature works. 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".

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 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.

Hiroyuki Wakimoto at Pecos ruin
Hiroyuki Wakimoto visiting Santa Fe
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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Vase 01AHiroyuki Wakimoto Vase 01B
Hioyuki Wakimoto
Covered Vase 01

Wood-fired ceramic  6.5"h x 6" x 4.5" (2 views)
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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 02BHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 02CHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 02A
Hioyuki Wakimoto
Incense Burner 02

Wood-fired ceramic  6.45"h x 4.25" x 3.75" (3 views)

$680



Hiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 03AHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 03B
Hioyuki Wakimoto
Incense Burner 03

Wood-fired ceramic  8.5"h x 4.5" x 4" (2 views)
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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 04AHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 04cHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 04B
Hioyuki Wakimoto
Incense Burner 04

Wood-fired ceramic  5.75"h x 4" x 3.5" (3 views)
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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 05aHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 05b
Hioyuki Wakimoto
Incense Burner 05

Wood-fired ceramic  6"h x 3.5" x 3.5" (2 views)
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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 06aHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 06b
Hioyuki Wakimoto
Incense Burner 06

Wood-fired ceramic  5.75"h x 4.5" x 3.5" (2 views)
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Hiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 07aHiroyuki Wakimoto Incense Burner 07b
Hioyuki Wakimoto
Incense Burner 07

Wood-fired ceramic  7.5"h x 7.5" x 4.5" (2 views)
$1,000






Hiroyuki Wakimoto A-Vase 08a Hiroyuki Wakimoto A-Vase 08b
Hioyuki Wakimoto
"A" Vase 08

Wood-fired ceramic  9"h x 5.5" x 4.75" (2 views)
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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, 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, Tokyo

           Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

          Tenmaya, Takamatsu

          Kenmin Department Store, Kumamoto

2013   Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo

2014   Two-person show, Hamaya, Nagasaki

          Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo

          Daimaru Department Store, Tottori

          Iwane Gallery, Okayama

2015   32nd Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum

          Collected by West Virginia University Art Museum, USA

          Collected by Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA

           Sanyo Departmant Store, Hyogo

2016   Collected by Cincinati Art Museum, USA

           33rd Cha-no-yu no Zo-kei Ten, Tanabe Museum  

 

Publication

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