SHINO (志野) National Treasure Toyozo Arakawa 2500K

13 x 9 ☆  Red & White Plum ☆
13 x 9 ☆ Red & White Plum ☆
Toyozo Arakawa  Edit Profile also known as Muden Dojin
Toyozo Arakawa Edit Profile also known as Muden Dojin


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"

Living National Treasure Toyozo  Arakawa Suigetsu Kiln Born in Tajimi City
Gifu Prefecture
1922 Became
the factory manager of Miyanaga Toyama Kiln in Kyoto
Moved to Kamakura at the invitation of Royama Kitaoji
Shino in the Momoyama period at Mino Dairyo - discover the Seto black of the old kilns
Shino to demonstrate that had been burned in the Mino instead of the Seto
resigned as Hoshioka kiln of Kamakura
the old-fashioned hole kiln to return to the large萓built kiln
reconstruction of Momoyama of Shino Seto black to pour our best
and Kitaooji Lu Yamabito Tamba Kokamaato excavations to be of
Kawakita Handoroko and to investigate the Kenzan Ogata kiln of Narutaki Kyoto
Kawakita Handoroko et al and "Karahinekai" formed
in 1944
Kaneshige Toyo kiln the visit stayed Bizen ware production of
Fujio Koyama Munemaro Ishiguro et al as "Japan rural crafts Promotion Organization" established
"Japan rural Crafts Association" dissolution, the "Japanese ceramics for the Promotion of Science." founded
in 1952
Shino intangible cultural property to the specified
Seto black designated as intangible Cultural Property
"Tori meeting" organized
certification in important intangible cultural property holders
"Japan Crafts Association" participation in the establishment
in 1958
the 10th Sino-Japanese Cultural Award
"Kashiwakai" founded
3rd Prague International Ceramics Exhibition of Gold Award
Medal with Purple Ribbon awarded
"Tomokai" formation
Order of cultural Merit awarded
Tajimi honorary citizen to become
five kiln itinerate of the journey out to the
large萓Toyozo museum opened Arakawa to the