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Hiroshi Sueyoshi Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-259

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials pertaining to local potter and artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, documenting his career and major exhibitions of his work. Included are exhibition catalogues, advertisements, invitations, correspondence, and newspaper articles.


  • Creation: 1975-2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Hiroshi Sueyoshi was born in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan and is a graduate of Tokyo Aeronautical College and the Ochanomizu Design School. Early in his career as an artist, he was influenced by Shoji Hamada, a leader of the 1960s Japanese folk art movement. Hamada advised Sueyoshi to experience other cultures as a young man and so he moved to Asheboro, North Carolina in 1971 to assist in building Humble Mill Pottery. After additional study in Virginia, he returned to North Carolina in 1974 to work as a production potter at Seagrove Pottery and later moved to Wilmington in 1978.

Sueyoshi primarily works with porcelain using the Japanese techniques of neriage and nerikomi, though his later works have included large-scale installations. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both regionally and internationally. Sueyoshi has also taught at Sampson Technical Institute in Sampson County, Wilson Technical Institute in Wilson County, and Cape Fear Community College in New Hanover County. In 2007, he became the artist-in-residence at the Cameron Art Museum and a major retrospective exhibition of his work was displayed there in 2014.

Sueyoshi continues to live and work in Wilmington today.


7 Containers (Contains 2 document boxes and 5 oversize folders.)

Language of Materials




Collection is arranged in five series: exhibitions, advertisements and invitations, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and publications.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Hiroshi Sueyoshi in 1999.

Related Materials

The North Carolina Living Treasures Collection, part of Special Collections' manuscript collections, contains material pertaining to Sueyoshi being recognized with this award in 2006.

Randall Library's Visual Arts Collection contains original works of art created by Hiroshi Sueyoshi.

Hiroshi Sueyoshi Papers
Abigail Clanton
2022 April 20
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository