We will deliver “a warm time and space” to the world through Bizen ware.

ARTIST

Masahiro Miyao

Masahiro Miyao

1970
He was born in Chikujo cho Fukuoka.
1995
He studied under Yuichi Yamamoto, who is an Okayama Intangible Cultural Property.
1990
He received the Encouragement Prize in Okayama Art Exhibition. (After that he was awarded the Encouragement Prize 1 more time.)
2000
He received a prize in the Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition. He received an award of Prefecture in Okayama Art Exhibition. (After that the Prefecture Award was awarded 1 more time.)
2001
Became independent and fired his kiln for the first time in Wake cho Okayama.
2003
He received an Excellence Prize in the molding exhibition of the tea ceremony at the Tanabe Museum of Art. He received a prize in the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition. (After that he was awarded the prize more time.)
2006
He received a Chairman Nihon Kogeikai Prize in the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition.
2007
He received a Mayor Okayama Prize in the 50th anniversary memory Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition at Chugoku Area. He was certified as regular member of Nihon Kogeikai(The Japan Art Craft Association). He received Second Prize in the 8th Okayama Art Culture Prize. He received the 4th Marusen Culture Prize. He received the 14th Energia Culture Prize.
2008
He received a Nihon Kogeikai Prize in the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition at Chugoku Area. He received the 9th Fukutake Culture Encouragement Prize.
2014
He received Excellence Prize in the molding exhibition of the tea ceremony at the Tanabe Museum of Art. He hold a private exhibition at Galerie Espas, Nagoya in Maruei. He hold a private exhibition at Tenmaya in Okayama.

Many other prizes in Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, the molding exhibition of the tea ceremony at the Tanabe Museum of Art, Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition at Chugoku Area, and Okayama Art Exhibition.

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The opportunity to Become a Bizen Artist

Due to the influence of my father who liked crafts, I was interested in ceramic ware since I was young. Especially, I was charmed by Bizen ware which I lighted in a kiln with in split firewood and I was given potter’s wheel as a junior high student. I made a small kiln in our home garden and become a boy who liked ceramic art and enjoyed to fire kilns.

Charm of Bizen ware

It use things of nature such as firewood, soil, and fire. And in the kiln where anticipation is not possible by human minds. A work is done in a place beyond the power of human awareness. So I always think about how I should fire the kiln to realize my hopes for the works.

Features of my work

To make Bizen ware which does not seem to be Bizen ware, While using the things of Bizen. There is a masculine image that Bizen ware is heavy, obstinate and powerful, But I try to make it in contradiction to be as soft and tender as the feminine image.

Future

Bizen ware has about 1000 years of history, Most of what has been made does not remain anymore. But the work of artists who created at the tip of each time still remains. I also want to
make Bizen ware which does not fade even after 50 years, 100 years later. Now are disposable times, but I want to make the thing which continue being needed and used now and forever.

Message

I improve in technique and knowledge year by year. But there is always the chance to do, and it is unique each time. Therefore I want to make myself a master of delicate Bizen ware and cherish the present.

Origin of Ceramic Stamp

From the Chinese character “宮(Miya)”of the name.

sake cup
$ 50.00
sake bottle
$ 150.00
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plates
$ 180.00
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wine cups
$ 70.00
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tea cups
$ 60.00
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flower vase
$ 270.00
beer mug
$ 70.00
flower vase
$ 200.00
tea bowl
$ 530.00
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bowl
$ 200.00
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flower vase
$ 400.00
flower vase
$ 230.00