Hideaki Miyamura- background and works

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About Hideaki Miyamura:

Hideaki Miyamura 
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)

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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 ...

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