Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese American artist based in Kensington, New Hampshire. He was born in Japan, but lived in the U.S. for 18 years. He was educated at Western Michigan University, studying art history. After college, he completed an apprenticeship with Japanese Master Potter, Shurei Miura after graduating for six years. During those 6 years, he experimented with over 10,000 test pieces, using countless original formulas to develop glazes that have never been made before. He has been known for his unique and iridescent glazes, including a compelling gold glaze, the “starry night” glaze on a black background, and a blue hare’s fur glaze.
His studio pottery appears in several US museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute.
Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, New Zealand (1989)
Best in Show at the Danforth Museum Craft (1997 ; 1999)
Best in Show, 63rd League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (1997)
Best in Show, Collector’s choice award at the Westchester Craft Show (1998)
Individual Artist Fellowship for the State of New Hampshire (2000)
American Craft Council Show Honorable Mention (2000)
Washington Craft, First prize (2000)
Best in Show at the 67th league of New Hampshire (2000)
His unique and iridescent glazes are known to change color when viewed from different angles. His porcelain pieces reflect a fusion of Eastern and Western ceramic forms and traditions. His uses of crystalline elements in the glazes are European, but the traditional Tenmoku black glazes are rooted in Chinese forms. The Yohen Tenmoku is aptly translated as “stars glistening in a starry night.” The vessels themselves are objects of perfection and the glazes match their simple elegance.
“I create my own interpretations of classical forms, while trying to achieve a clarity and simplicity of line,” Hideaki says. “I am very conscious of the ways in which a form interacts with the space around it. I want my pieces to feel in balance with their environment, to feel as though they co-exist naturally with their surroundings. When I create my pieces, I hope to make people feel good when they look at my work. My goal is to try to evoke a feeling of inner peace and tranquility.”
Yohen Crystal Glaze
During his 6 year apprenticeship in Japan, he completed over 10,000 test pieces to develop new glazes which combined crystallization with iridescence. He researched crystal glaze techniques in U.S., Europe, Japan and China, but was unable to find iridescent crystal glazes in their history. This motivated him to create an iridescent crystal glaze that has never been made before. It was during his 5th year of apprenticeship that he discovered the iridescent glaze on a black background, calling it “YOHEN CRYSTAL GLAZE”, YOHEN meaning “stars glistening in a night sky”. He claimed it being the most complicated glaze formula and firing process that he had ever done.
What inspired the artist to create?
His original interest in glazes aroused from Tenmoku glazes in ancient tea bowls developed in China during the Sung Dynasty, which no one has been able to reproduce. The tea bowls motivated him to experiment and create new iridescent glazes that have 3D quality, conveying inner feelings of purity and peacefulness.
1) Bell-shaped vase with green crystalline glaze 19″ x 6.5″
2) Title: carved jar with gold glaze
19.00 H X 7.00 W X 7.00 D Inches
High fired porcelain with gold glaze wheel thrown and carved fire 24 hours at 2400 degrees F.
I feel that this piece of work is very interesting due to its shape. Personally, I feel very amazed by how the artist uses the gold glaze to make such a beautiful ceramic jar that resembles not only a lamp in some ways, but an inverted umbrella. On top of the gold color, there is a slight shade of green and blue,that significantly reflects the light. The lid of the jar also resembles a screw, which emphasizes how it looks like a lamp. The curved lines of the jar makes the jar look longer in many ways. If observed carefully, it is noticed that the lines are pretty thick in width, and is has space in the middle, making it look as if it is deep.
3) Teardrop shaped vase with black & gold glaze 23″ x 8″
Wheel-thrown porcelain. Used two different glazes; the gold glaze runs naturally.
I think that this piece of artwork has a very unique color change, running from silver to gold, and again, along with shades of dark blue. As seen from the title, it is supposed to resemble a teardrop. With the shades of dark blue mixed with shades of black, I feel that the vase successfully resembles teardrops. The shape of the vase along with the colors makes it look smoother, while the curves of the vase reflects light, creating tone in the colors. The smooth texture further emphasizes teardrops, as the texture of water is not only smooth, but runny and reflects light, which is what this vase is able to portray. The light silver lines that run down also seems to act like silver walls, creating more angles of light.
Green Crystalline Glaze, Blue Hare’s Fur
* Miyamura’s porcelain pieces reflect a fusion of Eastern and Western ceramic forms and traditions. His work is influenced by Scandinavian ceramic aesthetics. The use of crystalline elements in the glazes is European, but the traditional Tenmoku black glaze is rooted in Chinese forms.
* The vessels themselves are objects of perfection and the glazes match their simple elegance.