2008年04月13日

2008 is the Year of Mihara Ken

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(Mihara Ken "Kigen" 2008, Award-winning Piece at the Cha-no-yu no Zokei Exhibition, otherwise known as the Tea Forms Exhibition, at the Tanabe Museum in Shimane Prefecture, photo courtesy of the Sanin Chuo Shinpo Newspaper)

It's official. Mihara Ken (三原研 1958-) has been awarded what is considered by many to be the most prestigious ceramic art prize in Japan, the Japan Ceramic Society Prize, for the year of 2007. The Gold Prize Winner, awarded to past winners of the Japan Ceramic Society Prize, goes to Koie Ryoji -which is actually somewhat surprising, in that considering Koie's stature as an artist, I was quite surprised ot find that he hadn't received it years before.

Who decides such awards? This is a good question, and probably one that hasn't been fully answered in English to this day.

The Japan Ceramic Society Prize Committee, comprised of various members of the Japan Ceramic Society, is congregated annually to choose a winner (or winners in situations where there is a tie in points) from a pool of nominees selected by various authorities.

This year's Committee featured such names as Kaneko Kenji and Karasawa Masahiro of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Umesawa Nobuko of the Mushanokoji School of Tea, Kuroda Kazuya of Ginza Kuroda Toen, Kochukyo's Miyajima Kakuzo, art critics/academics Yoshida Kozo, Yuba Tadanori, Nakanodo Kazunobu, Nishida Hiroko and Hasebe Mitsuhiko, and Mori Koichi, one of the current leaders of the today's Japan Ceramic Society.

Perhaps a more interesting (or formidable) list is those members who had nominated artists for the award. Hayashiya Seizo and Inui Yoshiaki, perhaps two of the greatest living academics of Japanese ceramic art, were but a few of the names.

Basically, the Committee gives and tallies points to the list of nominees, and the name with the most points wins.

Competition for this year's prize winner was fierce. Mihara was head to head with another talented artist, Sugiura Yasuyoshi (杉浦康益 1949-) for the top prize, and just slightly edged out the
conceptual potter to reach the memorable pinnacle. A distant third was achieved by the 14th Imaizumi Imaemon.

The praise for Mihara's works voiced by the Committee were nothing less of spectacular. "The artist's powerful yet simple style is completely unique." "Truly innovative firing method gives birth to great depth in color, and the work, although at first glance looks full of age and patina, is actually amazingly fresh and modern." Further, "in terms of contemporary yakishime (unglazed or naturally glazed high-fired stoneware) ware, Mihara shows an uncanny ability."

Not surprisingly, Mihara also recently was awarded the Grand Prize at the annual Tea Forms exhibition at the Tanabe Museum -this is Mihara's second Grand Prize at the show.

These accolades, coupled with public purchases of Mihara's work by the world-famous Metropolitan Museum in New York (2007) and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2008), are vivid testaments to the growing momentum in interest and praise that is building around the artist.

Completely new works by Mihara Ken will be available at the up-coming SOFA show in NYC, along with the Japan Ceramic Society Award Exhibition to be held in July. Do not miss them -they are some of his best works yet.

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Toku Art Limited

PS: Upcoming articles will feature a review of the 2nd Musee Tomo Contemporary Tea Forms Awards, new works and a review of Sugiura Yasuyoshi, along with slight briefs on the exhibitions of Kako Katsumi and Kawabata Kentaro... please stay tuned.




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