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Akiyama Yō

Japanese, born 1953


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Born

Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan, 1953

Occupation or Type

ceramicist

Bio

One of the most celebrated ceramic artists working in Japan today, Akiyama Yō treats profound themes of disintegration and renewal in clay sculptures that are utterly unique and immediately recognizable. Part of his working process involves the use of a burner to scorch and crack the interior of a thrown form, which he then turns inside-out. He has written, “I believe that a ‘crack’ not only reveals something about a façade, but also conveys what is happening beneath a surface. In other words, cracks are the ultimate expression of clay’s inner nature. In each layered crack are subtle differences in character; these personalities congregate and interact with one another, creating energy.”

Career: 1978 MFA, Kyoto City University of Arts (Kyoto Shiritsu Geijutsu Daigaku) 1986 Award in Excellence 優秀賞 at Yagi Kazuo Contemporary Ceramic Arts Exhibition 八木一夫賞現代陶芸展 1988 Award in Excellence 優秀賞 at Yagi Kazuo Contemporary Ceramic Arts Exhibition 八木一夫賞現代陶芸展 1997 Prize, Japan Ceramics Association 日本陶磁協会賞 2007 Prize, 4th Enku Exhibition 第4回円空大賞 円空賞 Current position: Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts 京都市立芸術大学教授 See: http://www.kcua.ac.jp/professors/akiyama-yo/ M. Graybill 9/19/2012

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Male

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