National Living Treasure Sensei Manji Inoue of Arita, Japan travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico with 32 distinguished Japanese guests to visit the UNM Arita Porcelain studio in the Department of Art and Art History within the College of Fine Arts.

While at UNM Sensei Inoue will film a documentary about the art of Arita porcelain taught here for the past 34 years through his association and dedication. This is Sensei Inoue’s 13th visit to Albuquerque and UNM. Sensei Inoue has sponsored seven UNM study abroad artist-in-residencies along with travel to Japan for over fifty UNM students.

Sensei Inoue is known for practicing the 400 year-old traditional art of creating porcelain vessels from Arita, Japan and developing his own porcelain aesthetic, using transparent and green glazes. As National Living Treasure, his work is in the Emperor’s Palace and he has created porcelain in the presence of the emperor and empress of Japan. He is not only one of the world’s great porcelain artists, but also a national representative from the country of Japan.