Potter: Tsuyoshi Uenaka, 11th generation, Inauemon family
Approximate size: W2.4″ by H2.2″ or 6.0 by 5.6cm
Tsuyoshi Uenaka was born in 1982 into the Inauemon family one of the oldest potteries of Tamba yaki. The Inauemon pottery’s history stretches back 280 years and Tsuyoshi is the 11th consecutive generation of potter in his family. He endeavors to combine functionality and aesthetic beauty in his work while linking the traditions of his craft to modern forms and designs and sensibilities. In making his pots he still employs the traditional techniques and the simple tools of his ancestors.
Tsuyoshi Uenaka studied pottery at the Ceramic Art Institute in Kyoto and upon completion apprenticed himself to his father. This potter is well accomplished in Chado or the Tea ceremony and calligraphy as well. These skill-sets overlap and influence one another in a manner that enhances his work as a potter. Tamba potters take great pride in their pottery’s reputation for combining functionality and beauty.
1982 Born in Hyogo, Japan
2003 Graduated from Kyoto Prefecture’s pottery vocational school
2004 studied in Kyoto City Industrial experimental station
apprenticed to his father who was the Inauemon family’s 10th successor
2012 Le Jardin d’Acclimation Art Fair, France
2013 Exposition TAMBA Gallery Yakimono, France
2016 Jingdezhen and Japanese pottery, Competitive Performance of Flame and Brush at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
2017 Solo exhibition Tobu Ikebukuro, Tokyo
Tsuyoshi is continually exhibiting his work in galleries and department stores all over Japan. He has regular exhibits in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe and has also held exhibitions of his work in Paris. A few years ago Tsuyoshi Uenaka had his first exhibition in the United States.
This guinomi is signed at the bottom, has no chips or cracks and is in excellent condition and comes with the original paulownia tomobako of which the lid is signed and stamped.
€175 + shipping cost