Gallery Exhibition: Toshinori Munakata

Born into a Fukushima family of master ceramicists, Toshinori Munakata’s future was formed and fired from a young age.

He might be just 35 years old, but Munakata’s exquisitely crafted works, including teaware, slender vases and tableware, belie his years.

The ninth-generation descendant of Munakatagama ceramicists, he studied in Tokyo and Kyoto and has exhibited his works across Japan as well as in Italy and China, where he took second place in a teaware contest in 2018.

An exhibition of Munakata’s pieces runs at the Frederick Harris Gallery from January 13 to February 8.

Artworks are available for purchase through Member Services.

Artistic Thoughts


  • Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.
    Making pottery has been my family’s business for generations. When I started studying pottery in Kyoto 15 years ago, I was impressed [with the craft] and wanted to carry on the tradition.


  • What I would tell my 20-year-old self.
    Always keep trying and stay curious.


  • My perfect creative environment.
    An environment where I can calmy concentrate surrounded by nature.


  • Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.
    Tawaraya Sotatsu [cofounder of the 17th-century Rinpa school of Japanese painting].

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