Tomoyuki was born in Arao-shi, Kumamoto prefecture in 1931 and he graduated from the National
Kyoto Ceramics Research Institute in 1950. From 1956 to 1960 he studied in Kyoto under the potter, Morino
Kako and then went to the Okayama Prefectural Bizen
Pottery Centre where he remained until 1973. In 1971 his work was accepted in the First Japan
Ceramic Art exhibition and it was purchased by the National Museum of Modern
Art in Tokyo.1973 saw him building his own wood-fired kiln at Nishikatakami, Bizen-shi, where he has remained ever
since, building a new kiln there in 2001. In 1976 he was given his first solo exhibition at
Nagoya Asahi Art and has had numerous solo exhibitions since then. In 1980 he
won the “Kaneshige Toyo Prize” for a large plate that was subsequently
dedicated to the Grand Shrine at Ise. He is a Japan
Art Crafts Association member and in 1996 he was awarded the title of
Intangible Cultural Asset for Bizen Ware by the Okayama Prefecture.
This yunomi is unused and in the Neriage or
Nerikomi style using layers of different clays, which is time consuming and
not widely practised. It also shows signs of significant ash deposits.
Besides the signed wooden box, the yunomi comes with its own cleaning cloth.
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