Risk & Discovery
The Ceramic Art of Hideaki Miyamura
Hideaki Miyamura with essays by Brother Thomas Bezanson and Jeanne Vee Koles
Destiny M. Barletta and Tess Mattern
Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese-born American studio potter working in New Hampshire. Born in 1955 in Niigata, Japan, Miyamura traveled to the United States to study art history at Western Michigan University. After college, he returned to Japan to pursue his interest in ceramics as an apprentice with master potter Shurei Miura in Yamanashi. During that five-year period, he experimented with over 10,000 test pieces, using countless formulas to develop original glazes. Now well known throughout Japan and the United States for his experimental and illustrious glazes, Miyamura’s surfaces possess a stunning and unusual iridescent quality. Porcelains created by Mr. Miyamura are included in numerous public collections including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and he exhibits widely throughout the United States.
Brother Thomas Bezanson was a porcelain ceramicist and was represented by Pucker Gallery from 1982 until his death in 2007. He was a Benedictine monk at Weston Priory in Vermont for 25 years and was the artist-in-residence with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania from 1985–2007. Brother Thomas was a master who created an astounding range of glazes and forms, from copper reds to tenmokus and tea bowls to large platters to elegant vases. His work is found in over 80 national and international public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Jeanne Vee Koles is an independent consultant who manages writing, research, and design, projects for museums and the cultural sector in New England.
Pucker Art Publications
Cloth with dusk jacket
Page count: 108
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11”
Color illustrations: 100