Hashimoto Machiko

Hashimoto Machiko

Biography

Machiko Hashimoto was born in Kyoto in 1986. She finished her studies in 2009 at Fine Arts from Kyoto Saga University of Arts and since then he has been working the studio she set up in her hometown. Working in a large range of objects from small daily utility wares to larger scale sculptural forms, her work is easily recognizable as hers not only because of the strong presence of the blue shades that results from the artist choice of using zaffer (gosu, cobalt oxide paint), but also because of the fragile look of the works as they are mostly made of semi-porcelain.

 

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Fukumoto Fuku

Fukumoto Fuku

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Fukumoto Fuku was born in 1973 in Kyoto, Japan. In 1997, she graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts, followed by a master’s degree in the same University two years later.
Growing up in Kyoto, Fukumoto’s work presents itself in a clear balance between the utilitarian shapes of traditional Japanese ceramic and the strong influence of modern currents.
Working mainly with porcelain and exploring its less common properties, by joining different fragments to a main vessel and glazing them with a green or blue coloured oxide paint Fukumoto’s works gain unique shapes, playing with balance and tension, creating the illusion of function while remaining an aesthetic object.

 

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Hoshino Satoru

Hoshino Satoru

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Satoru Hoshino is one of the most important contemporary Japanese ceramicists.
He was born in 1945 in the Niigata Prefecture, Japan, and became a member of
Sōdeisha, an innovative avant-garde movement founded by Kazuo Yagi in 1948
recognized for the application of non-functionality principles to the ceramic arts.
His unique artworks express his respect for the natural world.

 

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Kimura Moriyasu

Kimura Moriyasu

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Kimura Moriyasu was born in 1935 in Kyoto. He was born in an artistic traditional
family, his father having specialized in porcelain painting and both himself and his
two brothers working with pottery. Kimura did some basic ceramic studies in Kyoto
Municipal Industrial Arts Research Institute and after that he was attracted to the
unique universe of tenmoku ware and its incredible iron glazes, being today one of
the most important artists who still reproduces and creates new tenmoku in Japan,
mastering the glaze in a difficult balance between unique tones and sparkles and the kiln.

 

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Joe Isanako

Joe Isanako

Biography

Joe Isanako was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1994 and graduated from the prestigious Tama Art University in 2018 having been commended for her talent on several occasions.
Her work derives from experimentation and observation of interaction between materials. Isanako often uses clay together with glass, metal, stones as well as other elements from the natural world such as sea shells, sea water and leaves and nuts.

 

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Miki Komatsu

Miki Komatsu

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Miki Komatsu is a graduate student at Tokyo University of the Arts. At the heart of her practice is the investigation of glass in its multiple expressions and its relation to human influence. She states that the existence of human beings can be felt when dealing with glass. The glass that melts at high temperature overlaps the human body's internal organs and blood, while the fragility and tension of the cold hardened glass overlaps the human mind. For Komatsu, the production of a work can be described as a process of confirming her existence and colouring the contour of a human being.

 

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Yoichi Umetsu

Yoichi Umetsu

Biography

Born in 1982 in Yamagata, Japan. Yoichi Umetsu is a contemporary art artist and head of Parplume collective. His work explores the canons of modern art painting in Japan and its western influence as well as the contemporary visual movement in Japan and its permeability within music, art and youth culture.

 

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Jun Kaneko

Jun Kaneko

Biography 

Born in Nagoya in 1942, Jun Kaneko studied painting as an adolescent. At 21 years of age, he moved to LA where he came into contact with contemporary western ceramic works through Fred Marer’s extensive collection. After completing his education, Jun pursued experimentation creating ceramic pieces that challenged the physical limitations of the material itself and using colour to convey sensorial experiences. His work relates to architecture and he has created pieces of monumental scale and presence.

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Aya Mori

Aya Mori

Biography

Aya Mori was born in 1989 in Aichi, Japan, where she lives and works. She completed her BA in 2014 at Aichi University of Education under her mentor, Harumi Nakashima. Her body of work is recognizable through her organic forms and expert use of Namako glazing as well as the interweaving of metal such as silver. Moriʼs pieces are hand-built and filled with pleats which render the artwork a dynamic and organic energy. During the creation process, Mori looks for the various expressions within the clay: the wet surface, the air trapped within, the subtle lines that unexpectedly appear, the warping that results from gravity and the natural vitality of the clay.

 

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