Ken Mihara

Ken Mihara, artist sculptor ceramist


Pristine forests, rugged ravines, gentle rivets and quiet mountains. Such are the landscapes that artist Ken Mihara witnessed as a child, growing up in the majestic scenery of Izumo in Western Japan. With natural surroundings of great beauty, steeped in the mysticism of ancient Shinto lore, Mihara's solemn stoneware are borne and influenced from deeply idyllic environs. His works are far more than odes to nature, however. They are, above all, a window into the artist's soul, and are monuments of self-expression that capture and convey the Ken Mihara of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. With consecutively sold-out exhibitions in Tokyo and NYC since 2008, and with acquisitions by leading institutions such as the Metropolitan and the Victoria & Albert Museums, among many others, Mihara's works have captivated a global audience, in effect propelling the artist to be one of the frontrunners of contemporary Japanese ceramics.

1958 Born in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, Japan / Lives and works in Izumo

Ken Mihara, Idyllical sculptures, Mayaro 2019

Exhibition at Mayaro Gallery

Idyllic sculptures, April-mail 2019

Kuon (Aetus)

From emptiness,

I find form through a single curve.

Is this form borne from ancient memory,

or through my conversations with clay?

From flame and fire,

a new tale begins to emerge.

Ken Mihara


2006 Prize, Paramita Ceramic Competition, Paramita Museum 2008 Prize of the Japanese Ceramic Society . 2001 Grand Prize, Chanoyu-no-Zokei Exhibition ('08) . 1995 Award of Excellence, Chanoyu-no-Zokei Exhibition ('OS, '06) 1997 Award, Unglazed Ceramic Public Offer Exhibition . 1993 Governor's Award, Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Chugoku Division . 1992 Award, Chanoyu-no-Zokei Exhibition (94, 02, 03, 04, 10) / Award, International Ceramic Art Festival, Mino . 1992 Prize, Chanoyu-no-Zokei Exhibition (94, 02, 03, 04, 10) / Prize, International Ceramic Art Festival, Mino . 1989 Award, Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition (91, 95, 08)

Past exhibitions

2017 TEFAF New York Spring, USA . 2016 Spring Masters New York, USA /Kei- Memories in Clay, Japanese Creative Center, Mulan Gallery, Singapore . 2015 Kei by Ken Mihara, Marianne Heller Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany . 2014 Tales Entwined as One- Shigekazu Nagae and Ken Mihara exhibition, Yufuku Gallery / Japan Clark Art Institute opening exhibition, USA / Art Miami, USA ('15, '16, '17, '18) . 2013 TEFAF Maastricht, Netherlands ('14, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19) / Serenity in Clay, Liverpool / Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia . 2010 Ken Mihara and Shihoko Fukumoto, Besson Gallery, London, UK . 2008 Joan B. Mirviss Ltd, New York, USA ('11) . 2002 International Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Asia-Pacific Ceramics, / Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan . 1997 Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan ('98, '99, '00, '02, '03, 'O5, '06, '07, '09, '11, '13, '15, '18)

Public collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA / New Orleans Museum of Art, USA / Museum of Ceramic Art, Japon / Gifu Ceramics Museum, Japon / Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA / Victoria and Albert Museum, UK / Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA / Yale University Museum of Art, USA / Peabod y Essex Museum, USA / National Museum of Modern Art,Japon / Takagi Bonsai Museum, Japon / Tanabe Art Museum, Japon/ East-Hiroshima City Museum,Japon / Tokyo Sankei Building,Japon / The Gotoh Museum, Japon / Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, USA / Mary And Jackson Burke Foundation, USA / Minneapolis Institute of Art, USA / Tomo Museum, Japon / Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japon / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA / Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA / Shimane Art Museum, Japon / Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japon / La Casa de Japon, Argentine / National Gallery of Australia, Australie / University of Canberra Museum of Art, Australie / Spencer Museum of Art, USA / Asian Art Museum, Allemagne / Walters Art Gallery, USA / Brooklyn Museum, USA / Asian Art Museum, USA / Lotte Reimers-Stiftung, Allemagne / Grassi Museum, Allemagne / The Japan Foundation,Japon / Ambassade du Japon Oapan Creative Center, Singapour / Mint Museum, USA/ Museum Ariana, Suisse