Tadashi Hirakawa  Profile



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