Living and working in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Masahiro Sakakura represents the next generation ceramic artists at the Sakakura Shinbei-gama Kiln, a Fukawa-hagi kiln with nearly 360 years of history. In addition to using traditional Hagi clay such as Daido-tsuchi, he also uses clay that he collects himself close to home to create his work. He makes use of the texture of the materials to create a wide range of works, including ceramics for use in tea ceremonies and various objets d’art.
- BASED IN
- Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture
POINT OF VIEW
Soil is a mysterious thing. Although it exists everywhere, its specific character varies from one place to another. Masahiro Sakakura continues to pursue his own unique expression by engaging sincerely with each clay and each firing every day. When you touch his works, it is as if you can directly feel nature’s rich breath, nurtured in the land of ceramics.
CRAFT ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Born in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture
M.F.A. in Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts
Completed traditional industry specialist training course, Kyoto City
Appeared on “For the future” (CS Discovery Channel)
Appeared on “Break Zenya – Next Generation Artists” (BS Fuji TV)
Honorable Mention, The Hagi Taishou (Grand Prix) of Contemporary Ceramics V
First solo exhibition (Shinjuku Kakiden Gallery)