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Masahiro Sakakura

坂倉 正紘
Ceramic Artist • 1983 –

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.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

1983

Born in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture

2009

M.F.A. in Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts

2011

Completed traditional industry specialist training course, Kyoto City

2017

Appeared on “For the future” (CS Discovery Channel)

2019

Appeared on “Break Zenya – Next Generation Artists” (BS Fuji TV)

2019

Honorable Mention, The Hagi Taishou (Grand Prix) of Contemporary Ceramics V

2020

First solo exhibition (Shinjuku Kakiden Gallery)

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