Pionner of Modern Kyoto Ceramics

One of the most important forerunners of abstraction in contemporary Japanese ceramics. As a founding member of the Shikokai group, he played a role in the modernization of the medium from the very beginning. 

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"No matter how small the piece is, it takes same time and effort as bigger piece. I really need to devote myrself into it..."

You can see his exqusite craftmanship in this his new small pieces.


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His Cloud of 1948 is arguably the very first abstract ceramic sculpture made in Japan. 

HAYASHI Yasuo 林康夫

Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Art & Design, New York, 

Everson Museum of Art, 

New Orleans Museum of Art, 

Minneapolis Museum of Arts,

International Experimental 

Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

National Gallery of Australia

Vallauris Ceramic Museum, Museum 

of Modern Art, France

Faenza International Ceramics Museum, Italy

Seoul Metropolitan Museum, South Korea

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K.

1928 Born in Kyoto

1940 Studied traditional Japanese painting

1946 Begins to make pottery after his father

1947 Joins “SHIKOKAI,” avant-garde ceramic 

         group as one of the founders

1968 Starts teaching at Osaka University of Arts

1974 Grand Prize in the 4th International 

         Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

1982 Special Prize at the 8th International Biannual

        of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

2005 Solo Exhibition at Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

2006  Solo Exhibition at Paramita Museum, Mie