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Satoru Hoshino was born in 1945 in the Niigata Prefecture, Japan and graduated from Ritsumeikan University in 1971. He experienced a turning point in his artistic practice in 1986, when a landslide destroyed his studio. While he had been working in clay for nearly 15 years before the devastation, this event changed his approach towards the medium. Arata Tani described Hoshino’s position regarding clay for Ceramics: Art and Perception when he wrote, “it is essential to understand that he does not treat clay simply as a material. His encounter with clay as a physical substance is more primal and fundamental.”

The artist considers his interaction with clay to be collaborative, instead of an imposition of his own will on the earthy material. Hoshino writes eloquently on his process for Ceramics: Art and Perception, explaining that;

“I engage in a dialogue with the clay as it sits in from of me, as a soft, flexible lump of matter. This dialogue is carried out through a form of body language: the primitive action of pressing parts of my body (my fingers) against the body of the clay… This is not a relationship in which I am active and the clay is passive, even if I am the first to speak…The dialogue can only take place if I empathise with the material, adjusting myself to the time contained in the clay and the rhythms of nature.”

Hoshino’s oeuvre includes large-scale installations that can fill entire rooms as well as more intimate objects that can be held in one’s hands. The hand is a visible and prominent element in his works, and when he uses glazes, he allows them to pool and drip rhythmically on the interior and exterior of the works. It is precisely this purposeful engagement of the hand and the material that makes the sculpture appealing, as the artist allows the process of forming and glazing to be his subject

Satoru Hoshino has been awarded several prizes in his native country, and has lectured and demonstrated in workshops throughout the world. His work is represented in the collections of numerous museums, including The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, the Musée Ariana, Geneva, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota.


1979     Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition, Minister Prize
1979     2nd Japan Enba Art Competition, Superior Prize
1980     4th Kyoto Sculpture Selection Exhibition, Kyoto Prefecture Procurement Prize
1984     1st World Triennial Exhibition of Small Size Ceramics, Honor Prize
1998     Suntory Prize '98, Challenges on Forms      


1971     Graduated from Ritsumeikan University

Museum Collections

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japan
Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Bertoran Museum, Chateauroux, France
Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Faenza National Pottery Museum, Italy
Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Newcastle Art Gallery, Australia
Power House Museum, Sydney, Australia
Province Museum Modern Kunst, Oostende, Belgium
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
State Decorative Arts Institute, Switzerland
Takamatsu City Museum, Takamatsu, Japan
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Yamaguchi Prefecture Museum of Art, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010            Spiral with Spring Snow, Fu-Guei Gallery, Yingge, Taiwan
2008            Spring Snow, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2007            Beginning Form - Spiral 07, Gatov Gallery, CSU Long Beach, California
2006            Beginning Form - Spiral, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York
                   Beginning Form - Spiral, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art,
                          Alfred, New York
2005            Beginning Form - Met Spiral, Gallery Den, Osaka, Japan
2004            Black Horse in the Dark, Gallery De Witte, Voet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2003            An afterimage of an old layer, A memory of a geology, Westbeth Gallery,
                          Kozuka, Nagoya, Japan
2002            Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
                   Appeared Figure, Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Ootsu, Japan
                   Birth of Bubbles, Gallery De Witte, Voet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001            Rain in Ancient Woodland, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
2000-2001    Ancient Wood-Land, Province Museum Moderne, Kunst, Belgium
1999-2000    Reincarnate/Pre-Copernican Mud, Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
1974-1999    Gallery Iteza, Kyoto, Japan
                   Ban Art Gallery
                   Westbeth Gallery