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Luminescent tea bowl
Akio Niisato
[Ceramic + Porcelain ]
Item Number:C17674
Founded in 1996 in Tokyo, Ippodo Gallery’s mission is twofold: to not only form deep, lasting relationships with artists and clients, but also foster Japanese culture around the world. These values led Ippodo Gallery to broaden its reach by opening a Gallery in New York in 2008. Throughout these years, the gallery, through support and patronage, has moved from Chelsea to its current Upper East Side location. This Fall, Ippodo Gallery is thrilled to announce our growth as we are expanding to a new gallery space in the heart of NYC’s Upper East Side gallery district.

Unlike any other gallery in New York, Ippodo Gallery is committed to creating a holistic art and cultural experience. From the on-site handcrafted tea stove to hosting tea ceremonies at the United Nations, it is clear that Ippodo Gallery is dedicated to presenting tea ceremonies as the core of Japanese culture. This ancient tradition carries principles of mindfulness, aesthetics, and respect. Ippodo Gallery embraces these principles and in honor of where we have come from and where we are going, we are presenting our final exhibition: Tea Ware and New Beginnings.

On view from August 20 through September 13, 2019, Ippodo Gallery is pleased to invite you to our final exhibition at 86th Street. Featuring tea bowls and tea ceremony-related artwork from some of our most significant artists, this exhibition truly represents the gallery's heart and soul.
About the Artist
Niisato creates his Luminescent Vessels by utilizing the self-honed hotarude (transparent pattern) technique, which allows his translucent porcelain work to carry light in itself, much like a firefly.
Niisato’s works are admired worldwide; he has held workshops and participated in artist residencies in numerous locations, including the Art Center at Harvard in the US, Leach Pottery in the UK, and Museo Carlo Zauli in Italy.

1977 Born in Chiba
2001 Diploma, The Tajimi City Ceramic and Design Center
2011 Received a Fellowship of Japanese Government Overseas study program for artist by the Agency of Japan Cultural Affairs (Boston,USA)

Currently living in Toki, Japan

Selected group exhibitions:
2003 The 40th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition, Aichi
2004 Cool & Light New Spirit in Craft Making at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2005 Premio Faenza 55th Editional, Italy (Also in ’07)
World Ceramic Biennale 2005, South Korea (Also in ’07)
2010 About the Tea Ceremony – A Viewpoint on Centemporary Kogei at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The International Triennale of KOGEI in Kanazawa, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
2011 The White Time at Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko, Tochigi
2013 Master Teabowls of Our Days at Musee Tomo, Tokyo
2016 MADE IN JAPAN Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy

Selected awards:
2005 Award for the New Artist, Premio Faenza 54th Edition, Italy
2008 Grand Prize, Paramita Museum Ceramic Copmpetition
2009 Incentive Award, Kikuchi Biennale, Tokyo
2014 Award for the New Artist, MOA Mokichi Okada Award, Tokyo