A native of Tokyo, Japan, Hiroshi Sueyoshi studied at Tokyo Aeronautical College and Ochanomizu Design Academy prior to becoming an apprentice with Masanao Narui, Daisei-Gama in Mashiko, Japan in 1968. He came to the United States in 1971 to help design and build Humble Mill Pottery in Asheboro, NC. He continued his studies and work in 1973 with Teruo Hara of the Kobo Group in Warrenton, VA.
Since 1973 Sueyoshi has lived in North Carolina. He has worked with Seagrove Pottery as a production potter and with the Sampson Community College in Clinton as a pottery instructor. From 1976 to 1980 he worked as a visiting artist at Wilson County Technical Institute and at Cape Fear Community College in a program sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council.
Sueyoshi currently lives in Wilmington, where he is Artist in Residence at Cameron Art Museum. He was the 2006 Recipient of UNC Wilmington’s Living Treasure Award. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. His works are in many private, corporate and institutional collections around the country including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute.
I believe my inspiration is rooted in my Japanese aesthetic background which often reflects nature in art. My work depicts landscapes, movement, and harmony between nature and human forms. I enjoy creating tension between inside and outside spaces, which draws me to the challenge of creating vessels as sculptural forms.