Hiroyuki Wakimoto (歴史)

"Hiroyuki Wakimoto was not born into a family of potters. He was originally from Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu. He first studied textile design at Osaka Art College, until he did realize that textiles were not really his interest. Left college  went back to his hometown to help his parents's business. A visit to a college friend who was doing an apprenticeship with a ceramist in Bizen proved to be a turning point in his life. He was inspired by Bizen-yaki and, at the age of 30, he became an apprentice under accomplished ceramist Joji Yamashita. Nine years later, in 1990, Wakimoto established his own kiln and studio in Bizen. As one of the six oldest Japanese pottery centers in Japan, Bizen has produced many exceptional ceramists, including a number of National Living Treasures. Wakimoto concentrates on developing a personal style.  His pieces are instantly recognizable by the bold, meticulously conceived forms with clean strong lines and his signature fire markings. He use a technique, called "kurinuki", offers the artist great flexibility to create new shapes. He also takes great care to document his firing procedures, keeping detailed data on temperature and positions of the pieces in his noborigama (climbing kiln). This methodical approach frees the artist from haphazard guesswork, allowing him to focus on turning his abstract visions into tangible forms. Wakimoto uses his intimate knowledge of the kiln to produce the composite pieces, by firing separate components in different locations in his kiln to achieve contrasting fire markings on the same piece. 

Retrospective "Bio"Extract  by Touching Stone Gallery , Santa Fe, USA 

- Hiroyuki Wakimoto's Profile -1952: Born in Nagasaki Prefecture Tsushima1975: Osaka University of Arts and Crafts School1981: Apprenticeship under Bizen ceramist Joji Yamashita1990: Start woodefiring of his own kiln at Higashisue Setouchi City Osafune.
52nd Issui-kai Ceramics Exhibition Honorable Mention Award1991: 8th Tanabe Art Museum "chanoyu no zokei" Exhibition prize
2nd Ceramics Biennale 91 winners
38th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition prize
1st 91 'yakishime Ceramics Competition winners
53rd Issui kai Ceramics Exhibition Honorable Mention Award1992: 9th Tanabe Art Museum "chanoyu no zokei of" Exhibition prize
30th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition prize
39th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition prize
54th Issui kai Ceramics Exhibition prize1993: 3rd Ceramics Biennale Award Winner
31st Asahi Ceramics Exhibition prize
35th Japanese traditional crafts China Branch Exhibition Japan Crafts Association China Branch Chief Award
Asahi Contemporary Craft Exhibition invitation exhibition
Solo exhibition at Okayama Asuka Gallery1994: The "chanoyu no zokei" 11th Tanabe Art Museum Exhibition prize
2nd 94 'yakishime Ceramics Competition Grand Prize1995: 12th "chanoyu no zokei" Tanabe Art Museum Exhibition prize
13th Japan Ceramics Exhibition prize
42nd Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition prize
Exhibition at the Okayama Gallery Hekien
Exhibition at the Osaka gallery Kochuten1996: The 13th "chanoyu no zokei" Tanabe Art Museum Exhibition prize
34th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition prize
Solo exhibition at the Okayama Tenmaya "personal form"1997: 14th Tanabe Art Museum "chanoyu no zokei of" Exhibition prize
The 35th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition prize
44th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition prize
Japan Crafts Association regular member certification1998: 15th "chanoyu no zokei" Tanabe Art Museum Exhibition prize1999: 37th Asahi Ceramics Exhibition prize
Solo exhibition at Hiroshima Tenmaya
Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery "Kou"2001: Exhibition "Inishie" in Okayama Tenmaya2002: Solo exhibition at Hiroshima Arupark Tenmaya
Exhibition at the Okayama Gallery Hekien
Solo exhibition at the Gifu Bunkindo
Solo exhibition in the United States Santa Fe "touching Stone"2004: Exhibition at the Tokyo Ginza Kuroda Toen
Solo exhibition at the Fukuoka Iwataya
Solo exhibition at Fukuyama Tenmaya
Invited to the United States the first time Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Solo exhibition at Gallery "touching Stone"2005: Exhibition at the Tokyo Ginza Kuroda Toen
Exhibition "original landscape" at Okayama Tenmaya
Solo exhibition in the United States Santa Fe "touching Stone"2006: Solo exhibition in the United States Santa Fe "touching Stone"
Solo exhibition at the Ishikawa Komatsu Yamato2007: Selected "chanoyu no zokei" 24th Tanabe Art Museum
Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Okinawa Shisa potter, Mitsuo Miyagi at Okayama Art Garden, Uminchu photographer Chikako Furuya and three people Exhibition
Solo exhibition at the Fukuoka Iwataya
Held a Karatsu Kiyomi Kawakami a "two-person show of Tsushima born" in Nagasaki Tsushima Exchange Center
Solo exhibition in the United States Santa Fe "touching Stone"2008: Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition at the Nagano Inoue department store2009: 20th Japanese Ceramics Exhibition prize
56th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition prize
Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition in the United States Santa Fe "touching Stone"
Solo exhibition at Kurashiki Tenmaya2010: The "chanoyu no zokei" 27th Tanabe Art Museum Exhibition prize
52nd Japanese traditional crafts China Branch Exhibition prize
Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition in the United States Santa Fe "touching Stone"2011: Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition at the thatched Okayama Gallery
Solo exhibition in Kobe Sogo2012: Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition in the United States Santa Fe "touching Stone"
Solo exhibition at Takamatsu Tenmaya
Solo exhibition at the Kumamoto Kenmin department store2014: Exhibition with Ryuichi Kakurezaki at Nagasaki Hamaya "Two Bizen ware potter from Nagasaki"
Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition at Tottoridaimaru
Solo exhibition at Okayama Iwane Gallery2015: 32nd Tanabe Art Museum "tea ceremony of the shaped" two works in Exhibition prize
Large vase two works are purchased in the United States West Virginia State University Art Museum
Vase collection in the United States San Francisco Asian Art Museum
Solo exhibition at the Hyogo Sanyo hyakkaten2016: Vase collection in America Cincinnati Art Museum
33rd "chanoyu no zokei" Tanabe Art Museum Exhibition prize
Solo exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Department Store
Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition at Sapporo Mitsukoshi2017: Solo exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery Aoyama
Solo exhibition at Iyo Matsuyama iron Takashimaya