Ancient Korean ceramics fascinated Tatsuruhama into the world of pottery.
“When I struggle to make a shape, the material gives me an idea: let it be. It’ s more like clay telling me what to do than vice versa. Ceramics is the zest of life. A piece of pottery is what holds food and life. So I would like to form a piece that makes food on the plate look good. After I finish my work it does not belong to me any more. Like a tiny stone in a landscape, I want my work to be a necessity for somebody’s daily life, like a part of their body.
1973 Born in Tokyo
2000 Graduates the masters program of oil painting at Tama Art University
Moves to Mihama, Aichi and starts learning pottery on his own.
2004 First exhibition at Gallery Rozan, Tokyo
Holds solo exhibition in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukushima, Nara, Shimane and Ohita
2006 Moves to Handa-city, Aichi and finds his own kiln.