Miyashita Zenji was born in Kyoto to the eldest son of the distinguished porcelain artist, Miyashita Zenju (1901-1968). He was trained academically by the ceramic-sculptor Kiyomizu Kyubei at Kyoto Municipal University of Art and Music. Soon thereafter his career took off after affiliating with the Nitten Group and exhibiting in their annual competitions, which he won 18 times. He subsequently won numerous prizes, his successes establishing him as a major talent in Japanese ceramics. His works have been included in many exhibitions throughout the world and his work has been acquired by major museums in Japan, the US and Europe. Using a saidei (colored clay) technique, Miyashita applied these extremely thin layers of clay in irregular bands to cover the surface of each vessel. Ranging in gradient tones from deep purple to faint pink or from dark blue to the palest green, these layers transform into distant hills, drifting clouds or rolling waves.
Against the Winds
Glazed stoneware with colored-clay bands
18 3/4 x 19 x 5 inches
Tall, rectangular blue and green vase with black-glazed top
Stoneware and colored clay bands
21 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches
14 x 13 1/2 inches
Flattened and lobed vase with bands of colored clay in graduated hues of dark blue to light blue
20 7/8 x 14 1/2 x 8 5/8 in.
Flattened standing vessel with banding of colored clay in graduated tones from pink to dark blue
Stoneware decorated with banding of colored clay
16 1/8 x 13 1/8 x 3 1/4 x in.
Flattened ovoid standing vessel
Stoneware with colored-clay banding
14 5/8 x 9 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches