U of M ceramics prof wins top prize

Belated congratulations to University of Minnesota Associate Professor Tetsuya Yamada, for winning the grand prize at Gyeonggi Ceramix International, held in Gwangju, South Korea.

The contest is now one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world. Yamada receives $50,000 in prize money for his piece ‘heavenly thought’ (2010) pictured below. It’s the larges cash prize in contemporary ceramics.


According to a release from the U of M, Yamada was born in Tokyo, Japan, and came to the United States in 1994. He earned an MFA from Alfred State College, SUNY and has been with the University of Minnesota since 2004. Additionally, he has served as artist-in-residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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