Specializing in Arita-ware, Manji Inoue (b. 1929) crafts innovative porcelain works, encompassing the dichotomy of both fragility and strength. The visually delicate yet physically strong pieces place an importance on form over content, achieving a certain simplicity. Inoue’s mastery of this form has led him to be designated as a Living National Treasure for Arita-ware since 1995, recognized by the Japanese government for his great work and diligence in Arita craft. Now a nonagenarian, Inoue continues to work with the same amount of passion, and continues to exhibit his work in international solo exhibitions. Inoue trains students as well, passing on the Arita tradition to hundreds of disciples.