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Susumu Notomi

Based in Yamaguchi Prefecture where Hagi-yaki originates, Susumu Notomi has been making pottery since 1975. Through numerous experiments of combining the local clay and his glazes fired in a high-temperature kiln, he has invented ao-hagi (blue hagi-yaki) which brings out a dramatically wide range of blue, from deep indigo to light ice blue. His works do not only capture the natural beauty of blue, but also transcend the traditional boundaries of this ancient pottery style.


Notomi Susumu

1951 Born in Hagi, Yamaguchi prefecture 

1973 Graduated from Kanto Gakuin University, Faculty of Engineering 

1975 Studied pottery under his father Chyoun Notomi (4th Generation)

1985 Created his own artist’s signature seal

1988 Selected for Yamaguchi Prefecture Museum competition 

1989 Selected for Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition 

1990 Received Japan Traditional Craft Encouragement Award

1995 Accepted as a member of Japan Craft Association

1999 Received Western Japan Ceramic Competition Encouragement Award,

Yamaguchi prefecture governor award

2012 Received Yamaguchi Prefecture Educational Achievement Award

2013 Received award of excellence by Hagi Ceramic Exhibition 

Yamaguchi Prefecture Craft Association ‘Asahi Newspaper Award’

2017 Solo exhibition at Japan Club in New York 

2018 Solo exhibition at Onishi Gallery in New York 

2019 Received Art & Culture Arrangement Award in Yamaguchi Prefecture 


Member of Japan Craft Association 

Supervisor of Craft Association Yamaguchi Branch 

Director of Hagi Pottery Association


Naoko Notomi

1979 Born in Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture 

2001 Drop out from Kanagawa University and studied abroad. London and Canada 

2002 Studied ceramics under her father, Susumu Notomi (5th Generation)

2010 Group exhibition at Mori Building 

2014 Hagi group exhibition at Chinzan in Tokyo 

2017 Entered Yamaguchi Hagi Museum Exhibition 


Aiming to create her own character using traditional Hagi pottery methods. Her works create a harmony with western food, silver-ware and glass ware.

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