Akio Niisato, b.1977, makes tea bowls of a distinctively simple, yet striking aesthetic. His work displays a mastery of ceramic material and innovation in design. The artist currently lives and works in Toki, Japan.

Selected group exhibitions: 2003 The 40th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition, Aichi 2004 Cool & Light New Spirit in Craft Making at the National Museum of Modern Art, 

Tokyo 2005 Premio Faenza 55th Editional, Italy (Also in ’07) 

World Ceramic Biennale 2005, South Korea (Also in ’07) 2010 About the Tea Ceremony – A Viewpoint on Centemporary Kogei at the National 

Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo The International Triennale of KOGEI in Kanazawa, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 2011 The White Time at Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko, 

Tochigi 2013 Master Teabowls of Our Days at Musee Tomo, Tokyo 2016 MADE IN JAPAN Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy 

Selected awards: 2005 Award for the New Artist, Premio Faenza 54th Edition, Italy 2008 Grand Prize, Paramita Museum Ceramic Competition 2009 Incentive Award, Kikuchi Biennale, Tokyo 2014 Award for the New Artist, MOA Mokichi Okada Award, Tokyo