Ishii Toru

Ishii Toru

Biography

Ishii Toru was born in 1981 in Shizuoka, Japan, and completed his Ph.D in textile arts in 2014 at Tokyo University of Arts, having specialised in textile arts and the
traditional Japanese crafts techniques of Yuzen dyeing and Ukiyo-e. He belongs to a
generation of Japanese artists whose work process involves giving a modern
expression to centenary craft traditions.

 

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Mishima Kimiyo

Mishima Kimiyo

Biography

Kimiyo Mishima was born in Juso, Osaka in 1932. In her early carrier she mainly
created mixed media using printed matter such as newspapers, advertising flyers,
tickets and magazines, resulting in collage works that were a kind of communication
between her and society. Around the 70’s she started making experiments with
ceramics applying the same printed materials to a thin layer of ceramic clay through
a silkscreen process. The result is three-dimensional works so realistic that some
may think they are real garbage, commonly referred to by her public as “breakable
print matter”.

 

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Kojima Osamu

Kojima Osamu

Biography

Osamu Kojima was born in 1973, Fukui, Japan, and currently lives and works in
Taipei, Taiwan, where he did his Master of Arts in Tainan National University of the
Arts.

 

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Kayla Sweet-Newhouse

Kayla Sweet-Newhouse

Biography

Kayla Sweet-Newhouse is a self-taught artist who has nurtured her talent in
universities, museums and artist studios around the globe.
Born in 1992 in New York City, Sweet-Newhouse currently lives and works in
Venice California. The work expresses deep curiosity and respect for the living
world.

 

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Kawai Kazuhito

Kawai Kazuhito

Biography

Kazuhito Kawai was born in 1984 in Ibaraki, Japan. A while after studing Arts at the
Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (BA.HONS), he
returned to Japan and focused on ceramics, having graduated in 2018 at the
Kasama College of Ceramic Art, Iberaki, Japan.

 

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Yoon Heechang

Yoon Heechang

Biography

Yoon Heechang was born in 1963 in Hyogo, Japan. He graduated in 1986 in Tokyo
Zokei University and did his masters at the Tama Art University, Tokyo. In his work the artist seeks to explore the connections between space, objects and the viewer. Yoon’s works are characterised by the use of soil and sand. He gathers the natural materials and fires them in high temperatures to produce tiny shavings of ceramic material, making pigments for his paintings.

 

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Nakashima Harumi

Nakashima Harumi

Biography

Nakashima Harumi was born in 1950 in Gifu, Japan, and graduated in 1973 at the
Osaka University of Arts Design, majoring in Ceramics. Besides being a ceramic
artist, he was also a professor at the Aichi University of Education, Japan, from
2003 to 2014, and currently he is the director of Tajimi City Pottery Design and
Technical Center.

 

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Matsui Toshio

Matsui Toshio

Biography

Toshio Matsui was born in 1955 in Osaka, Japan. Having started studying Art at the
University of Kyoto, he completed his studies in ceramics in Faenza, Ravenna, Italy,
where we won a scholarship in 1989. The artist work is commonly described as a collaborative work between nature and the artist himself. His ceramic works carry an experimental feeling that arises from a managed balance of the nature spontaneous forces present in the clay material as it is, with little or none modification, accepting the natural expression of the material or any accidental changes, and the emphasis on the original concept imprinted by the artist, maintaining his initiative.

 

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Kosaka Mio

Kosaka Mio

Biography

Born in Hokkaido in 1982, Kosaka Mio graduated from the Kurashiki University of Science and The Arts in Okayama, in 2004. Kosaka’s work is mostly recognized by his glass sculptures, with inside effects playing with the surrounding light and creating an illusion of what we can and cannot see.

 

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Kishi Eiko

Kishi Eiko

Biography

Kishi Eiko is a contemporary Japanese artist born in 1948, Nara, Japan, who
graduated both in from Kyoto Seika University of Arts and Tekisui Museum Ceramic
Institute. Her work is well known for the time-consuming saiseki-zogan technique which involves mixing colored pigments into the shigaraki clay and working on previously hand-build geometric shapes surfaces by scraping, carving and tooling it layer by layer, resulting in amazingly detailed, meticulous, mosaic-like patterns. Before the clay is dry, the artist finishes the sculpture with fine cross lines.

 

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