Specializing in Arita ware, Manji Inoue’s innovative style working with porcelain produces pieces that encompass the dichotomy of both fragility and strength.
The visually delicate yet physically strong pieces place an importance of form over content, allowing for a simplicity achieved through tedious effort. 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 his craft. Now a nonagenarian, Inoue continues to work with the same amount of passion, has had multiple international solo exhibitions and is currently passing on the Arita ware tradition to hundreds of students.