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Studio Oyama

Japanese craftsmanship with a Nordic touch…


With an aesthetic rooted in both Japanese and Swedish culture and design traditions, Masayoshi Oya pairs simple shapes with playful and graphic glazing to create striking tableware and ceramic pieces.

He hand-works shapes on the potter’s wheels, often cylinders of varying heights, to create porcelain canvas’. In painting each piece, he is both evoking a random behaviour as the glazes play off the porcelain base, and creating a considered balance between form and design.

Originally from Tokyo in Japan, Masayoshi moved to Sweden to study at Capellagården and later at HDK. So while traditional arts and crafts from Japan has been a great source of inspiration, it’s the mix of the Swedish and Japanese, what he has done, experienced and seen, that inspires Masayoshi nowadays – shaping both his ideas and himself as an artist.

Masayoshi Oya lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Curriculum Vitae

Latest Exhibitions:


- “Tableware?”, Sweden House, Solo Exhibition, Gumma-ken, JPN


- “Sweden-Japan 150 years diplomatic relations”,
Embassy of Sweden in Japan

- “Objects”, SVT building, Solo Exhibition, Gbg, SE

- “Landskap II”, Vallentuna arthall, Solo Exhibition, Sthlm, SE

- “Japan at Formex”, Group exhibition, Sthlm, SE

- “40års jubileumsutställning” ,Kaolin, Group Exhibition, Sthlm, SE

- “Blomstertiden” Kaolin, Group Exhibition, Sthlm, SE


- “Komposition”, Galleri Anna H, Gbg, SE

- “Hertha Bengtson 100 år och Stipendiater 1996 - 2016 keramik/glas”
Högnäs Museum, Höganäs, SE

- “Influence”, Solo Exhibition, Galleri Moment, Ängelholm, SE

- “Studio Oyama”, Solo Exhibition, Asita Room, Osaka, JPN

- “Kaolin:Arbeten” , Group Exhibition, Keramsikt Centrum. Höganäs, SE


+ Previous Exhibitions


- "Landskap", Solo exhibition, Galleri Kaolin, Stockholm, SE

- "Swedish Handcrafts", Group Exhibition, Naturkaruizawa, Nagano, JPN

- "Pots Pets, Plates & Towls", Galleri Anna H, Göteborg, SE

- "Siten – 視展", Asita Room Galleri, Osaka, JPN


- "Wanås Konst", Group Exhibition, Wanås, Knislinge, SE

- "Henkyouti ( 辺境地 ) Exhibition", Group Exhibition, Cocolab, Akita, JPN

- "Scandinavian Modern Art", Group Exhibition, Isetan, Tokyo, JPN

- "Konstrundan i Majorna", Group Exhibition, Sockerbruket33, Gothenburg, SE

- "Antique Fair in Stockholm", Group Exhibition, Berg gallery, Stockholm, SE

- "Stockholm Funiture Fair", Stockholm mässan, Stockholm, SE

- "Temautställning-tekannor", Group Exhibition, Kaolin, Stockholm, SE


- "Sjöfartverket” Solo Exhibition, Sjöfartverket konstförening, Norrköping, SE

- "MODE” Gallery Blås & Knåda", Stockholm, SE


- "En krukmakares söndagsunderhållning, alla dagar." Exhibition with Kennet Williamsson, Gallery Anna H, Gothenburg, SE

- "Sintra”, Gallery Sintra, Solo Exhibition, Gothenburg, SE

- "Curious about craft?", Solo Exhibition, Gallery Lerverk, Göteborg, SE

- "1 kubik konsthantverk", A touring exhibition by Swedish Art Association, SE

- "Milano goes Röhsska", Röhsska Museum, Göteborg, SE

- "Hej Design", my room, Milan, IT

- "HEI NIPPON", Group Exhibition, Galleri Lokal, Helsinki, FI

2012 - 2008

2012 - "Hej Oiva", Konsthantverkscentrum, Stockholm, SE

2012 - Lerum konstförening's exhibition, Group Exhibition Göteborg, SE

2012 - "Lost.", Solo Exhibition, Lekemdelsverkets konstförening, Uppsala, SE

2012 - "Hej Oiva!", Group Exhibition, Hanaholmen in Helsinki, FI

2012 - "FASHION", Solo Exhibition, Kaolin, Stockhholm, SE

2011 - "HDK's Graduation show", Röhsska museet, Göteborg, SE

2009 - "Fika", Solo exhibition, Norshörningen Gallery, Kalmar, SE

2008 - "Stone Garden", Solo Exhibition, Kaolin Gallery, 8 -23 November, Stockholm, SE

+ Education

2009-2011, Master degree in Craft Art, HDK, Göteborg, Sweden

2007-2009, Certificate in Ceramic, Capellagården(School of Craft and Desing), Vickleby, Farjestaden, Sweden

2005-2007, Ceramic art advanced course, Aichi Prefectural Seto Yogyo School, Aichi, Japan

1999-2003, Bachelor degree in Geo-environmental Science, Faculty of Geo-environmental Science, Rissho University, Tokyo, Japan

+ Scholarships

2016, Tvåårigt arbetsstipendium från Sveriges bildkonstnärsfond

Two-year working grant from Swedish Arts Grants Committee

2016, Hertha Bengtsons Stipendiefond

2013, The Rörstrand scholarship 2013

2012, Ett ettårigt arbetsstipendium från Sveriges bildkonstnärsfond

One-year working grant from Swedish Arts Grants Committee

2011, Göteborgs Slöjdförenings Projektstipendium

+ Awards

2015, Nominering for Formex designpris Formex Nova, Sweden

2006, Outstanding performance award, Seto City Art exhibition, Seto, Aichi, Japan

+ Collections

2018, "Folkdräkter & Nebulosa", Röhsska Museet

2018, "Nypon" sculpture, Toyota-Lexus

2013, "The Red Plate", the work with Kennet Williamsson, Röhsska museet

+ Commissioned Works

2014, Commissioned artwork at Alvik for Stockholm Konst

+ Other

2018, Working as local master in Sweden for "Ny materialism-Soul Manufaturing Coporation" Exhibition, Bonnierskonsthall, Stockholm, Sweden