Tadashi Hirakawa  Profile


 1955: HIRAKAWA, Tadashi was born in Inbe, Bizen City, as the eldest son of Shoji Hirakawa.
Graduated from Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture.
In 1989 he became independent. He has achieved extremely accurate reconstruction of ancient Bizen kilns from the Medieval Kamakura and Northern and Southern Dynasties.
We named this restored kiln “earthen kiln” or “Tsuchigama“ because it is made entirely of the surrounding soil, as opposed to bricks that modern kilns use as main materials. The series of activities is called the Tsuchigama Project, and the initiative has spread overseas to Texas, Arkansas, Singapore, and Taiwan
The main feature of this earthen kiln of HIRAKAWA is that it utilizes completely natural circulation. The thermal efficiency of the kiln exceeds that of modern climbing kilns and has been proven to be the least stressful to the natural environment.It is now attracting the attention of many artists around the world as an extremely effective way to transform the power of nature into art.
The works in the exhibition are the latest pieces that were recently unloaded from the kiln, and their appearance is very powerful and modern. These works, in particular, are made entirely by hand, without using a potter’s wheel, and can be said to be close to “sculptures”. Mr. Hirakawa believes that his mission is to inherit the spirit of the good old days and to open up a new era for Bizen.

1955 Born as the first son to Shoji Hirakawa, Inbe, Bizen City
1989 Established own atelier and began Tsuchigama and clay research, at Shinjo, Bizen.
2003 Completed the first Tsuchigama after a kiln structure popular during the Muromachi period(1334-1600).
2010 Established a medieval kilns study, jointly with Bizen City Board of Education. Built the Tsuchigama No.2 in Nanboku-cho (a subperiod in early Muromachi) style.
2013 Participated in the reproduction team for Kibi Tokushu Kidai. Presented a Tachizaka style Kidai at the team symposium. Exhibited “Tsuchigama Earth Kiln”, “Tsuchigama Part2”, at the Bizen City Archeological Center.
2015 Exhibited work in “Back to the Origin” a contemporary pottery art show at the Setouchi City Art Museum. The exhibition had a subtitle, ‘in search of a new pottery from the heart of Bizen’.
As a joint program with Texas Christian Univ. “The Tsuchigama Project in USA”, constructed a Tsuchigama in Arkansas. It took three months to build the replica kiln and to produce art works, which were later exhibited at the Gallery 76102, Fort Worth, TX, presented in related symposium. Some select works were collected by the Museum of the Red River, Idabel, OK.
2016 Major activities:”Tsuchigama Project Symposium, a report on USA project”, Okayama Prefecture Art Museum,
Exhibithion “Zen & Be-Zen” at Sogenji Zen Temple, Naka-ku, Okayama,
WAC-8 “The World Archeological Congress, No. 8”, Kyoto,
“More traditional pottery art, Tsuchigama Project” affiliate exhibition to “The Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition”, Okayama Prefecture Art Museum.

  • 1999年      岡山県備前焼陶友会青年部 会長
  • 2002・2003年      備前陶心会 会長
  • 2003年     岡山県備前焼陶友会 監事
  • 2006年~    岡山県備前焼陶友会 理事
  • 2009年~    備前市国際交流協会 理事
  • 1991~2010年  美作大学 非常勤講師