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.
8 x 8 inches
Faceted jagged Hagi-glazed teabowl
4 7/8 x 4 x 4 3/4 inches
Hagi-glazed water jar with partly unglazed extended base
8 1/8 x 10 x 9 3/4 in.
Vertical double-walled rectangular vessel with roughly carved walls covered in crawling white Hagi glaze
Stoneware with Hagi glaze
22 7/8 x 12 x 7 5/8 in.
Horizontal sculpture with two triangular, mountain-like protrusions covered in unctuous Hagi glaze
8 1/2 x 17 x 6 1/2 in.