Born 1948, Shimane Prefecture
As a child, Ajiki Hiro dreamed of becoming an oil painter and world traveler. Throughout the early 1970s he traveled extensively, visiting more than thirty countries. Although his dream of oil painting never materialized, he found a new canvas in clay. For several decades, Ajiki has concentrated on perfecting the central element of the Japanese tea ceremony, the teabowl (chawan). In his teabowls, his goal is to express both his energy and personality. He views the tea ceremony as an intimate form of communication between the host and their guests, all sharing a spiritual experience.
“The small space embraced within your palms [when holding a teabowl] becomes a mirror to reflect both yourself and the world around you, telling a story… the tea ceremony itself offers a space and time for communication as participants share equally in the moment.”
- Ajiki Hiro
Selected Public Collections:
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Worcester Art Museum, MA
Octagonal faceted teabowl with checker-board pattern, polychrome salt glazing and gold and silver-leaf
Salt-glazed stoneware (Enyū)
4 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.
Black basara faceted, irregular teabowl with vertical panels of colored salt glazing with gold and silver-leaf
Salt-glazed stoneware with gold and silver leaf over red underglaze
4 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.
Large blue basara faceted teabowl with repeated triangle pattern in polychrome salt glazing with silver-leaf
Salt-glazed stoneware with silver leaf
4 3/8 x 4 1/2 in.
Black, dark gray, brown and gold-glazed faceted abstract patterning basara tea caddy
Salt-glazed stoneware and black, gold and red-lacquered wooden cover by Enooto Katsuhiko
4 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.
Brown and pale green salt-glazed round straight-sided teabowl titled, Jukai; Sea of Trees
3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.
Salt, black, red, gold and silver-glazed triangular checkerboard basara faceted teabowl
Glazed stoneware with white and yellow gold leaf over red underglaze
4 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.
Beige, brown, blue, gray and gold-glazed triangular checkerboard basara faceted teabowl
4 x 4 3/4 in.