After studying design at Musashino Art University and gaining experience in sales at a trading company, Shinji joined the Arita ware kiln, Riso Porcelain, Ltd. Currently, as the fourth generation head of the family, he is engaged in the production of porcelain. Having learned from the early Imari style, he expresses the timeless beauty of Arita ware through its tradition and quality. In addition to his activities as the head of a kiln, such as actively collaborating with top chefs in Japan and abroad, as a ceramic artist he presents his own works on an occasional basis, expanding the field of his activities.
POINT OF VIEW
The warmth of artisans and the traces of their handiwork dwell in the pieces of pottery left behind by the ancient potters. This is both the origin of Arita ware, and at the same time also a guide to the rapidly changing future. The pieces that Shinji sends out to the world with his conviction certainly reflect the dignity of craftsmanship that the Japanese people have inherited.
Born in Arita, Saga Prefecture
Graduated from Musashino Art University, Department of Crafts and Industrial Design
Joined AITO Co.,Lltd. Product Development Department
Joined Riso Porcelain, Ltd. and started research and reproduction of Old Imari
Won first prize, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize at the 112th Kyushu-Yamaguchi Ceramic Exhibition (now Arita International Ceramic Competition)
Awarded every year since then