Maeta Akihiro is a highly influential artist and is considered the leading white porcelain ceramicist of his generation. Maeta does not form his pieces on a potter’s wheel but uses the wheel only for the initial throw of his works. He forms the faceted designs of his pottery by hand, through free form sculpting and molding with just his fingers and palms. Then, prior to the glazing process, he uses a single blade to trim and erase any traces or marks of his hand. Finally, the works are fired in a relatively low temperature gas kiln. The resulting white porcelain sculptures are elegant tributes to simple beauty without excess. His porcelain works are uniquely pure, serene, and perfect. In 2007, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.


Selected Exhibitions:
2016-2018: Asia Week, New York, US
2013–2016: TEFAF, Maastricht, Netherlands
2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2016: Treasures of the World from The British Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
2009–2015: COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2014: Engendering Beauty, Preserving Techniques: Artworks by Living National Treasures, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Beauty of KOGEI: Art Crafts in Japan, Japan Foundation Asia Center, Singapore
2013: From Crafts to Kogei: In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US