Hironobu Nishitateno

Minnesota
Ceramic Artist
Active since 2002

My passion for making pottery springs from a desire to bring beauty and nature into daily life. I find inspiration everywhere I go, traveling with notebook in hand, sketching designs and shapes that can be incorporated into new works.

My style is based on the simplicity and functionality of Japanese pottery, using natural materials and colors typical in nature. It is my belief that pottery should not be the center of attention on the dinner table; it should be simple and attractive, while discreetly adding to the delicious appearance of the food. I strive to create pottery that resonates and brings out my inner peace. It is my hope that the natural simplicity of my pottery can bring the same peace to others.

The entire process of creating a work of art excites me. My favorite tools are my hands. I love feeling the subtleties of the clay, in which slight changes bring out the wonders and beauty of the material and make a great impact on the final piece. I strive to incorporate the characteristics of the clay, such as flecks of iron, so that they are not hidden but honored. The potter’s wheel inspires me to add textures like spirals where glaze can naturally pool during firing. The kiln brings about a surprise ending, as the fire is variant by nature and can lend unexpected character to the final piece.

My most exciting challenge in pottery is the precision required at every step to achieve an aura in the finished piece. I feel satisfaction when the character of the clay bursts forth with momentum while expressing my intention for the work, conveying a powerful emotion to onlookers

EDUCATION
Hosei University (economics), Tokyo, Japan, 1997-2002
Kagoshima Center for Industrial Arts (pottery), Kagoshima City, Japan, 2002-2003

EXPERIENCE
Independent potter, Nanten Pottery, Loves Park, Illinois, 2008-present
Independent potter, Nishitateno Pottery, Funabashi, Chiba, Japan, 2006-2008
Potter, teaching assistant, Sandai Mitsuhashi Yogyo, Kamagaya, Chiba, Japan, 2003-2004
Potter, teaching assistant Mahoroba no Sato Amorigawa-yaki, Makizono, Kagoshima, Japan, 2002-2003

A full copy of Nishi’s resume is available upon request.

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