★ Toyozo Arakawa ★
Toyozo Arakawa was born in 1895.
After finishing school at Kyoto Preparatory in 1909 he began studying the art of ceramics from Tozan Miyanaga.
Earlier in life he was especially interested in dyed ceramic ware which he studied in Kyoto but since his discovery of the old kilns of Shino, Setoguro and Kiseto he concentrated on their style and finally succeeeded in turning out ware equal to that turned out during the Momoyama Period. His kiln is now located in Gifu Prefecture.He was given the title "Living National Treasure" in 1955. In 1930 he discovered shards at the site of the ruins of an ogama style kiln at Mutabora proving that that Shino and Oribe glazed work of the Momoyama and early Edo period in Japan had been manufactured in Mino rather than in the Seto area. In 1933 he built a kiln reproducing the original Mutabora kiln and rediscovered the techniques for manufacturing Shino glazes. He died in Tokyo, Japan in 1985. There is a translation of Arakawa's The Traditions and Techniques of Mino Pottery in Janet Barriskill's Visiting the Mino Kilns Wild Peony Press, Sydney.
Toyozo Arakawa It is meaningless just to inherit the traditions of Japanese pottery, unless you add your own ideas...but if you overdo yourself, you might ruin the traditions. The point is to make the best use of the old methods and ideas. -Toyozo Arakawa, Japan, "Living National Treasure"