Tadashi Ito (伊藤 正 1952-) is a potter who currently works in Iwate prefecture.⠀
After earning his geology degree in university, Ito eventually returned to his hometown in Iwate and began creating works.
Using his native soil, which he digs with his two hands, his simple and elegant works renders a powerful sense of nostalgia. Underlying the timeless aesthetic of his works, Ito’s organic way of production reveals his great affinity for nature.
Nostalgic yet profoundly other, his work possesses a harmonious polarity that grants a world of their own.
1952: Born in Kamaishi city, Iwate
1979: Apprentices at Tsukamoto Pottery (current Tsukamoto Co., Ltd.) in Mashiko city, Tochigi
1985: Launches a kiln in Tono city, Iwate
1995: Launches a kiln in Hanamaki city, Iwate
- ［Solo Exhibitions］
2008 Solo Exhibition “Tadashi Ito,” Momoi, Tokyo
Solo Exhibition “Tadashi Ito investigator of Realism,” Otaru City Museum of Art, Hokkaido
2012 Solo Exhibition “Tadashi Ito Drop of Ocean,” TKG ceramics, Kyoto
2019 Solo Exhibition “Tadashi Ito,” Gallery SU, Tokyo
Solo Exhibition “Tadashi Ito,” Westbeth Gallery KOZUKA, Aichi
- ［Group Exhibitions］
2001 “Bi no Kuni Waga Kokyo (beautiful country, my home)” exhibition at Yorozu Tetsugoro Memorial Museum, Iwate
2004 Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition in Osaka and Yokohama, (guest exhibitor)
2006 Cool & Sophisticated: Contemporary Master Ceramists of Japan at Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
2008 The 2nd Musee Tomo prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremorny- Free Creativity and Atypical Usage (Musee Tomo, Tokyo)
2010 The 3rd Musee Tomo prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremorny- Free Creativity and Atypical Usage (Musee Tomo, Tokyo)
2017 Ito Tadashi x Kusunoki Keishu Exhibition at Kashima Arts, Tokyo
2008 The Musee Tomo prize, Contemporary Ceramics of Japanese Tea Ceremony (Musee Tomo, Tokyo), award winner
2013 Iwate-ken Bijutsu (Iwate Prefecture Art), award winner