Kinya has had a broad ranging experience as a potter. Born in Japan, he worked for a design company. The design company sponsored a bobsled team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1969. Kinya came as a member of that team and remained after the Olympics moving to Montreal.
In Montreal, he worked as a janitor at a pottery studio soon becoming interested in the pottery medium. He married and began a studio in Boucherville in 1972. In 1979, a visit in England with renowned potter, Bernard Leach, transformed his approach to ceramics.
He moved to Val David, Quebec in 1980 and in 1989, he began the 1001 pots show with 50 other potters. Kinya believes that potters are stronger as a group not just as individuals.
You can google 1001pots.com for info on this year’s show (July7 to Aug.13th in Val David).
The pieces below Date to the 1980’s and are in a porcelain clay body.