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Born to the most celebrated ceramics family in Hagi, Miwa Kyūsetsu XIII is the son of Japanese National Living Treasure Kyusetsu and brother of Ryosaku. Despite this lofty artistic heritage and environment, it was the powerful ceramics of the American clay artist Peter Voulkos that directed him to the artistic freedom in the United States. There he studied at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1975-1981. In his recent bold, angular and sculptural forms, the rich, creamy white Hagi glaze beads up revealing the red clay that sometimes fires to black. In addition to his bold sculptural work, Miwa also creates elegant and refined tea ware.

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