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Living National Treasure Maeta Akihiro creates pure white, poetic ceramics whose unique forms emit both visual and tactile enjoyment. Much of Maeta's work is in the form of abstract jars such as this one. Through his jar series he seeks unique form that will stand the test of time. His focus on the jar stems from his respect for the work of Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), another living national treasure and a great artist from the previous generation who reignited Maeta's faith in the ceramic arts. Tomimoto's incorporation of modern Japanese aesthetic principles as well as his distillation of historical styles into original works opened Maeta's eyes to new possibilities within the medium, and he began to incorporate these considerations into his own work.
Though he was inspired by Tomimoto, Maeta's ceramics come from a very individual creative impulse. His glaze is the most unique. The semi-matte surface heightens the delightful effects of natural sunlight, and gives off a feeling of inner warmth that invites the viewer's caress and touch. The undulating surface of this lovely small jar catches the light in this way, while its shape summons the hand of the viewer.
Maeta Akihiro was born in 1954 in Tottori and graduated from Osaka Art University in 1977. The discipline he brings to his practice has refined his masterful work over the last four decades, allowing him to achieve both purity and power. He was awarded the Japan Ceramic Society Award in 2004, the Tottori Prefecture Art Cultural Prize in 2010, and was designated a Living National Treasure in 2013. His ceramic work can be found in many prominent collections, including those of the Japanese Foreign Ministry; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Ariana Museum, Geneva; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the British Museum, London; and the Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea.
MAETA Akihiro 前田昭博 (1954-),
Living National Treasure
Twist-shaped Jar with lid 白瓷捻壷, 2009
H20cm x Dia24.4, H7.8" x Dia9.5"
With Signed Wood Box