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MIZOKAMI, Sofu

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He is the representative ceramic artist in Karatsu, Saga prefecture, which is famous as a pottery city. (Karatsu Tourist Association)
He plays important roles for a lot of ceramic communities. There is an offering to Takamatsunomiya (Japanese Imperial Household). 14 times winner for the Japan Fine Arts exhibition.
His arts that are the theme as "in a day" imaged from the evening glow of Western Ocean and the morning glow of Ariake Ocean are appreciated from overseas countries.

Career

1939
Born in Nagasaki
1958
Graduation from the pottery department in Saga prefecture Arita Industry high school
Entered Mizokami Gofuku ceramics place and devoted himself to make table ware
1966
Studied under Living Natural Treasure, Manji Inoue for the techniques of the potter's wheel
Established Imadake Kiln
1967
Studied under Taroemon Nakazato
1968
"The Chairman Prize" in the first Contemporary Arts and Crafts Kyushu Exhibition "Season of the Youth"
1969
Selected for the 8th Japanese Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition
The presentation to Takamatsumiya (Japanese Imperial Household) from Artists Association
Persimmon Glaze Jar "Season of the Youth"
Selected for the 19th Saga Kenten "Muso"
1970
Selected for the 9th Japanese Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition Persimmon Glaze Jar (Opus 2)
New Zealand International Art Exhibition and Japanese Art Crafts Exhibition in Australia
"The Second prize" in Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition Persimmon Glaze Jar (Opus 3)
"The Semi Grand prize" in Mainichi Ceramics Exhibition "Shined by the Sun"
Selected for the 2nd Japanese Ceramics Exhibition "Sunset in Saikai"
"The Asahi Newspaper Company prize" in the 20th Saga Kenten "Shined"
1971
"The Excellent prize" in the 4th Contemporary Arts and Crafts Kyushu Exhibition
Selected for the 21st Saga Kenten "Flame"
1973
Selected for the 12th Japanese Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition "Persimmon Tenmoku Vase"
"Rank First" in the 70th Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
Honorable mention in Saga Art Association Exhibition
Offered "Persimmon Tenmoku Vase" to Meiji Jingu
Selected for in the 5th Japanese Art Exhibition "Shined Island"
"The NHK prize" in Saga Kenten
1974
Selected for the 13th Japanese Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition "Persimmon Tenmoku Glaze: Fly High to the Sun"
"Ranks Third" in the 71st Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
Selected for Saga Kenten
1975
Selected for the 14th Japanese Modern Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition "Strings"
"Ranks Second" in the 72nd Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
"The Chairman prize" in the 8th Modern Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition "A Green Coloured Child"
Selected for the 7th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition "Amang the Dawn"
"The Saga Prefecture Cultural Organization Conference prize" in the 25th Art Exhibition of Saga
1976
Selected for the 15th Japanese Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition "Twilight"
"Ranks Third" in the 73rd Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
Honorable mention in the 9th Contemporary Arts & Crafts Kyushu Exhibition
Rookie of the year in Japanese Fine Art Exhibition
Selected for the 8th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition "Flying"
Submitted to the 26th Art Exhibition of Saga
1977
Selected for the 16th Japanese Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition "Kohiki Jar"
"Ranks Third" in the 74th Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition " Dawn"
Selected for the 9th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition "Kanae"
1978
Selected for the 17th Japanese Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition "The Red Fruit"
Selected for the 10th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition "Waiting the Spring"
1979
Selected for the 1st New Art Crafts Exhibition "The Paean"
Selected for the 11th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition "Bright and Clear State"
1980
"Ranks Third" in the 77th Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
Selected for the 2nd New Art Crafts Exhibition "The Obscure and Darkly Sky Pattern Like Cherry Blossom"
Selected for the 12th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition "High-Fired Jar"
1981
"Ranks Third" in the 78th Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
Judge in Saga Art Association Exhibition
Selected for the 3rd New Art Crafts Exhibition "High-Fired Jar" "In the Evening"
Selected for the 13th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition "The Image of the Sunset"
1982
Selected for the 4th New Art Crafts exhibition "High-Fired Jar"
"The Special prize" in the 3rd Kyushu New Art Crafts Exhibition The square high-fired jar, "The Evening Calm"
Selected for the 14th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition The square high-fired jar, "The Evening Calm"
Japan and Korea Exchange Exhibition in Seoul
Member of Japaense Fine Arts Exhibition
1983
Submitted to Japanese New Art Crafts Exhibition as the regular member "Nightfall"
Japan and Korea Exchange Exhibition in Saga
The New Art Crafts Exhibition in Hakone "The Going in the Future"
Selected for the 15th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition The high-fired vase, "The Getting Nightfall"
1984
"The Kofu Encouragement prize" in the 70th Kofukai Exhibition "The Dawn in the Spring"
Submitted to Japanese New Art Crafts Exhibition "The Home with Getting Nightfall"
Selected for the 16th Japanese Fine Arts Crafts Exhibition The high-fired vase "The Sunset in the Sky"
1985
Selected for Kofukai and became a regular member
Perssimon Glaze Jar became as the basic pottery in Japanese New Art Crafts Exhibition and set in each area
Submitted to Nikkan (Japan and Korea) Exchange Exhibition and New Art Crafts Exhibition "The Going in the Future"
Selected for the 17th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition. Persimmon Glaze Jar "Sekiei"
1986
Submitted to Japan and Korea Exchange "Seoul Exhibition (Korea)"
Selected for the 18th Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition, Persimmon Tenmoku Glaze "Hou"
1987
Solo exhibition at Tokyo Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
1989
Solo exhibition at Tokyo Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
1992
Changed his name to "Sofu"
1995
Solo exhibition at MITSUKOSHI, Yokohama
1996
"The Saga Prefecture Art Culture Service prize"
Solo exhibition at MITSUKOSHI, Shinjuku
1998
Judge of Saga Prefecture Art Association Exhibition
1999
Solo exhibition at MITSUKOSHI, Shinjuku
2003
Solo exhibition at MITSUKOSHI, Shinjuku

Special Affiliations

The Nitten
Saga Ceramic Art Association
Saga prefecture Art Association
Imari Ceramic Art Association

Address

1384-1 Otsubo-cho-ko, Imari-shi, Saga 848-0021 Japan

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