Born 1948, Kyoto, Japan
Initially a painter, Maeda turned to clay and became a graduate student under two Living National Treasures, Fujimoto Nōdo (1919-92) and Tamura Kōichi (1918-1987) at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Departing from tradition, he thickly applies matte Western overglaze enamels in captivating combinations of colorful and subdued tonalities to his functional porcelain vessels, achieving a uniquely painterly surface. Drawing inspiration from a broad variety of sources, from owls to linear textiles, Maeda is celebrated for both his enticing pictorial and abstract motifs. Maeda specializes in iro-e kinginsai (painted color decoration with gold and silver) technique, which was originally developed in Song China (10-12th centuries CE) and then imported to Japan in the 17th century. After the bisque firing, the ware is re-fired multiple times with a variety of color glazes. Lastly, gold and/or silver are applied and the vessel is fired again at an even lower temperature. Maeda’s ceramics are wildly popular in Japan and are collected both in the US and Europe.
Tapered tiered bowl with black and silver-glazed crisscrossed pattern
6 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.
Faceted vessel with triple tiered rows decorated triangular patterning
7 x 12 1/2 x 11 3/8 in.
Vessel with geometric patterning
Polychrome overglaze enameled porcelain
10 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches
2 3/4 x 4 inches
Water jar with bird, abstract and linear patterns
Polychrome overglaze enamel porcelain
5 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches