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Biography

While a student at the Tokyo University of the Arts, he was invited by Hayashiya Seizō (1928-2017), the chief curator of ceramics at the Tokyo National Museum, to view their celebrated National Treasure, a Southern Song celadon vase. This seminal encounter inspired him to enter the ceramics program under future LNT for celadon, Miura Koheiji (1993-2006). This master’s mental fortitude and  relentless focus on methodical testing paved the way for Uraguchi’s future career.

Inspired by Southern Song celadon wares as well as the work of other Japanese master ceramists Itaya Hazan and Okabe Mineo, Uraguchi spent years personally researching his own celadon glazes and types of clay bodies. He also travelled to China to study the old Southern Song wares guan and longquan. Approaching celadon glazing much like a chemist, with meticulous testing of materials and firing, he has created his own double craquelure crystalized glaze that reflects light prismatically. In terms of forms, his incredibly varied vessels range from large scale evocations of ancient Chinese bronzes to modernist, elegant tapered vases.