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Artist: Douglas Black

Artist: Douglas Black
Douglas Black, JAPAN
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For nearly 25 years I have lived in Japan exhibiting my ceramic art.
My works embrace the simplicity of function and extend into the creatively unique.

My inspiration is found within nature and the beauty of our mystery.

Not long ago, a spacey colored polka dot from the ash glaze of the wild cherry blossom tree was discovered on a black clay. A new series, ‘Polka Dot Skies’, began...
We are all dots connecting the universe.


1967 Born in Lawrence, Kansas
1987-90 Assistant to Ban Kajitani. Monumental sculpture, wall murals.
1990 B.F.A., CCAD(Columbus College of Art & Design). Sculpture, Glassblowing.
Awarded an Artist Visa by The Foreign Ministry of Japan.
Studied traditional Japanese pottery under Ichizo Mori, Mie Prefecture Japan.
1991-92 Assistant to contemporary ceramic artist Koji Usaka, Tochigi Prefecture Japan.
1992 Built kiln & studio, Motegi City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
1993-97 YUSEI-SHA staff, member of GEOIDWORK. Stage Art Design, Performance, Ceramics.


2014 Gallery Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan. ’12
Niki Club Resort -Art Biotop, Shule im Berg, Nasu. RIVER of DREAMS.
2012 Gallery U, Matsudo city. ’09,’07
2009 Gallery Toko, Mashiko. Space Totems & Spirit Lifters. ’07, ’01, ’00, ’92
Startline, Tokyo. SAKURASAKU w/ Ikebana master Nichimasa Toizumi(Kadou-Nippoukyoryu).
2008 COM Gallery, Tokyo. Many Awakenings.
2006 TOBU Ikebukuro Department Store, Tokyo. 4 Winds.
2005 Gallery Kozuma, Yokohama.
2002 Gallery Kai, Tokyo.
2001 UTSUWAZAKA, Saitama. Planetary.
1998 Gallery Abokke, Kasama. Presence.
1997 Art Space Jonaisaka, Mashiko. (installation) ’93, ’92
1996 INAX Corp. XSITEHILL Main Showroom, Ark Mori Bldg.,Tokyo. SOUND OF EARTH.
1993 YUSEI-SHA Gallery, Tokyo. Sounds of the Core.


2014 Mungyeong Ceramic Museum, Korea. ’13
Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival, Korea. ’13,’12 International Exhibition.
Pyeong-Peace Gallery, Nami Island, Korea. International Exhibition.
Chawan Expo, Singapore.
Yamani Ohtsuka Gallery Midori, Mashiko. Three Roads to Mashiko. ’13, ’12, ‘11, ‘10, ’08
Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, USM, Malaysia. Selsius
2013 Exhibition of Professional Pottery Association with Invited Foreign Artist, Nami Island, Korea.
Sanam Chandra Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Thailand. Century of the East
2012 Gallery Iwaki, Fukushima Pref. Unique Expressions.
2011 Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
okinawa creators lounge ZUK, Okinawa.
2005 Mitsukoshi Ebisu Department Store, Tokyo.
2002 Yasato City Hall, Ibaraki Prefecture. Art Festival in Yasato.
2001 St. Ives Ceramics, St. Ives, England. JAPANESE LINKS.
1997 Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art/Tougei Messe, Mashiko. Sound of Mashiko.
1996 Gallery Ten, Tokyo. Mysterious Flames.
JM Gallery, Tokyo. INNERLUMINOUS -sculpture, body & costume.
1994 Gallery TRAX, Yamanashi. VISION-Meet the Spirit of JOMON.
Nanorium, Yamanashi. HOMONIZE -2person exhibition w/ Christopher Gaston.
Open Air Clay Work in KYOTO, Kyoto. -celebrating the 1200th Anniversary of Kyoto.
1992 Mitsukoshi Gion, Kyoto. & Awajicho Gallery, Tokyo. The Wall; From Each a Water Ring.
1990 Nagoya international Center, Nagoya. 1st Foreign Student Exhibition.
Ohio Art League 80th Annual Juried Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio.
ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Ohio. Ceremony for the Earth
-3 person exhibition w/Loud Sounding Dream.


2015 Hamada Shoji Noborigama Project, Mashiko, Japan. One Kiln for Mashiko Potters.
2014 Mungyeong Teabowl Festival, Mungyeong, Korea. (workshop) ’12, ’13
Namiseom International Ceramics Festival, Nami Island, Korea. (workshop) ’12, ’13
Niki Club Resort -Shule im Burg, Nasu, Japan. Nature is Universal Language
(mixed media workshop)
Selsius-USM International Ceramic Festival, Malaysia. (workshop)
2013 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, International Ceramic Workshop, Korea.
Silpakorn University International Ceramic Festival
Ceramic Divisions of Four University’s International Beach Firing, HuaHin, Thailand.
2009 Asaya Hotel, Kinugawa. Festival of Lights (installation).
1996 Sphere Mex Hall, Tennozu Aisle, Tokyo. NATURAL SONIC- Yoshiaki Ochi Art performance.
- sculptural & ceramic sound installation with live performance.
1995 Gallery TRAX, Yamanashi. The Celebration for Jomon- Earthwork installation& performance.
Art Sphere, Tennozu Aisle, Tokyo. AMBIENT OPERA ‘PARTHENOGENESIS’- stage art &
Sphere Mex Hall, Tennozu Aisle, Tokyo. Yoshiaki Ochi Percussion Performance- stage art &
1994 NakaRiver, Motegi. XENOMATRIX w/OCHI BROTHERS Art Performance-Earthwork.
Sphere Mex Hall, Tennozu Aisle, Tokyo. KAMUYRURAN- Fashion Performance- stage design,
stage art, movement

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