Ceramic Industry

Shiga Shigeo

March 18, 2011

Shiga Shigeo, one of Australia's finest potters, passed away last month at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Alex and his son Kouzen. He will be missed by many in the ceramic community.

Shiga was born in Japan in 1928 and moved to Australia in the 1960s to study under ceramic artist Les Blakebrough. Although he only intended to stay for a short time, Shiga remained in New South Wales for about 14 years. During his stay, he made a huge impact on Australian pottery culture. Shiga's background in traditional Japanese art and his exceptional skill in developing new glazes allowed him to create many inspired pieces. His artistic style helped to define the Australian creative landscape in the 1970s and 1980s. He also taught and trained a number of budding Australian and Japanese potters throughout his life.

Shiga Shigeo's work will be on display for the next few months at The Art Gallery of New South Wales. To read more about his life and creative visions, visit www.freelandgallery.com.au/shiga-shigeo.html.