Contemporary Ceramic : Japanese Women

 

Although Japanese women were involved in the Japanese pottery industry for centuries, mainly as decorative artists with their tea wares or performing menial tasks, they were excluded from being in direct contact with the kilns or taking on apprenticeships.  Postwar Japan saw more opportunities arise for women in advanced education and they began to enter university art schools and other training facilities both in Japan and overseas. They were exposed to a broader range of creative disciplines and artistic movements and successfully integrated this into their ceramic art and sculptures, while maintaining  a connection to the subtle Japanese aesthetic.

From the mid-50’s on they began to establish themselves as independent studio pottery artists. The current generation of female Japanese ceramicists have truly emerged with original and innovative works that seamlessly blend contemporary with traditional styles and techniques and open up new horizons in Japanese art.

 

 

 

 

Tomita Mikiko - ceramic sculpture

Metamorphosis 5 –  Tomita Mikiko – ceramic sculpture

 2006

 

 

 

 

Tomita Mikiko

Metamorphosis 2 – Tomita Mikiko

 2006

 

 

 

 

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Cornucopia 05-XIII – Tashima Etsuk

Japanese ceramic sculpture , 2005

 

 

 

 

Hayashi Kaku contemporary ceramics

Hayashi Kaku contemporary ceramics

( japanesepottery.com )

 

 

 

 

Hayashi Kaku

Hayashi Kaku

 

 

 

Sakurai Yasuko - Vertical Flower

Sakurai Yasuko – Vertical Flower

2010

( yufuku gallery )

Sakurai first builds her forms by connecting her mold-cast porcelain tubes using clay and slip; she then scrapes away the exterior clay revealing her envisioned sculptural contours. The form is then hollowed out, now exposing the distorted openings that accent the walls of her sculptures.

 

 

 

Sakurai Yasuko

Sakurai Yasuko

 

 

 

 

Matsuda Yuriko

La Prière (The Prayer), 2006 – Matsuda Yuriko

 

 

 

 

Matsuda Yuriko

Matsuda Yuriko –  In her shoes,  2007.

 

 

 

 

Matsuda Yuriko Japanese ceramic art

Matsuda Yuriko   Mount Fuji, 2007

Clay with porcelain, enamels.

 

 

 

 

Koike Shoko

Persian Tea Bowl – Koike Shoko

2007

 

 

 

 

Koike Shoko sculptural ceramic

Koike Shoko – Shell Vessel

2006

Koike takes the sea as her point of departure, creating shell-inspired forms in stoneware with irregular, undulating edges that protrude from her hand-built bodies. Made from Shigaraki clay, her wheel-thrown bodies are later shaped by hand and adorned with ruffled edges and projections. A creamy white, opaque clay covers her forms. The edges are further defined with iron brown glaze and sometimes supplemented with metallic, iridescent or turquoise glazes.

Imada Yoko Purity

Sei (purity) – Imada Yoko

( yufuku gallery )

 

 

Kitamura Tsuruyo

Moon Shadows – Kitamura Tsuruyo

1994

 ( www.kehoe.com.au )

 

 

 

 

Kitamura Tsuruyo Japanese sculpture

Essence of Woman, 1986. Kitamura Tsuruyo

Stoneware, glaze.

 

 

 

 

Kitamura Tsuruyo

 Dawn, 2003 – Kitamura Tsuruyo

 

Fukumoto Fuku

Fukumoto Fuku

White vase form of deep straight-sided bowl set within a conical bowl, joined by a band of blue and green glazes, 2013

( Joan B Mirviss )

 

 

 

 

Fukumoto Fuku

Fukumoto Fuku

 ( keikoartinternational.com)

 

 

 

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Vase with Seascape - Kitamura Junko

1992

Kitamura creates modern forms that reflect her upbringing in ancient Kyoto. Inspired by primitive Jomon pottery (10,500-300 BC), Kitamura creates monochrome vessels with mysterious spiral motifs consisting of dots and detailed patterning. After impressing miniscule geometric shapes into patterns reflective of textile, lacquer and other craft motifs, she covers the work in black-brown slip before bisque firing.

 

 

 

Kitamura Junko japanese female potter

Great Wave – Kitamura Junko

1993

Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe

 

 

 

 

Japanese Kitamura Junko

Large Double-Ellipse Vessel – Kitamura Junko

 2006

 

 

 

 

Kitamura Junko

Cone Vase – Kitamura Junko

 1993

 

 

 

 

Kitamura Junko

 

  Double-Walled Vessel  – Kitamura Junko

Stoneware, white slip, 2005

 

 

 

 

Kishi Eiko.--Japanese

Noh Form  – Kishi Eiko

Stoneware, colored clay chamottes, clay slip, glaze. 2004

 

 

 

 

Kishi Eiko contemporary sculpture

Saiseki Zōgan Vessel – Kishi Eiko

2003

 

 

 

 

Kishi Eiko

Saiseki zogan utsuwa – Kishi Eiko

Eiko Kishi invented the technique used to create this piece, which she calls “colored inlay” (saiseki zōgan).  This technique is her primary method for making ceramic artwork, and she has been using it since 1984.  Kishi begins this process by mixing wet clay with small fragments of ground, hardened clay. She then molds the form of the piece and shallowly cuts a pattern into the surface of the form using a needle or engraving knife. Before firing, these crevices are filled with more fragments of ground clay, raw pigment, and glazes.  Kishi has said that she enjoys utilizing this process because the finished effect is reminiscent of stone, yet the works still retain the properties of ceramic objects

 

 

 

 

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Saiseki Zōgan Flowing Motif in Stone – Kishi Eiko

1983  – Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston.

 

 

 

 

Kawakami Tomoko ceramic vessels

Vessels for Flowers – Kawakami Tomoko

2007

 

 

 

 

Katsumata  Chieko

Katsumata  Chieko

 

 

 

 

Katsumata Chieko

Katsumata Chieko

 

 

 

 

Katsumata Chieko

Katsumata Chieko 1983

Helmet Shaped Vase with Textured Patination

 Photograph by Robert Lorenzson, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Untitled (French Pumpkin) – Katsumata Chieko

2005

Photograph by Richard P. Goodbody.

 

 

 

 

Katsumata Chieko

Katsumata Chieko  1996

Katsumata went to study industrial design in France, where she met a female ceramic artist who used hand-built forms to express herself in a free and spontaneous manner. The freshness of this artist’s work made such an impression on Katsumata that she began making pottery herself. It was also through her French art-school tutor that she discovered the beauty of Japanese ceramics. Katsumata’s fondness for layering coloured slips owes much to a technique of overlaying colours in oil-painting. Instead of painting directly on the vessel, she covers the vessel with a piece of cloth while she applies the color in order not to leave traces of brushwork. The process of covering and applying decoration is repeated as required to produce a unique color and texture. Her use of striking hues and bold forms give her pieces a surrealistic edge.

 

 

Fujikasa Satoko-Flow-#1

The feminine elegance of Fujikasa Satoko-Flow-#1

 

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Yellow glazed sculpture “Sprouting Seed”  – Fujino Satchiko

 ( Joan B Mirviss )

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Fujino Satchiko

( WAH centre )

 

 

 

 

Hoshino Kayoko

Glazed Dish – Hoshino Kayoko

2006

 By hand-pinching and slicing her clay with wires, Hoshino “releases” the forms within the clay to create silhouettes and shapes inspired by the mountain peaks and boulders from the natural landscape of rural Japan.

 

 

 

 

Hoshino Kayoko

Decorative Vessel – Hoshino Kayoko

2006

 

 

 

 

 

Hoshino Kayoko

Platter with Palladium  – Hoshino Kayoko

2006

 

 

 

 

Ogawa Machiko

Red vessel with linear motif – Ogawa Machiko

Stoneware with iron-oxide glaze -2012

( Joan B Mirviss )

 

 

 

 

Chawan by Ogawa Machiko

Chawan by Ogawa Machiko

( japanesepottery.com )

 

 

 

 

Futamura Yoshimi

 Vasques  – Futamura Yoshimia

The sculptural forms of Futamura Yoshimia are intended to be reflections of nature and are infused with a vibrant living essence. She uses a blend of stoneware and a mixture of fired and raw granulated porcelain to create her collapsed rounded forms that appear both vegetal and geological in origin. These forms are encrusted with feldspar, and enhanced with cobalt and iron oxide glazes that are sometimes iridescent.

 

 

 

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 Futamura Yoshimi

Puls Gallery

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 Vase 2008  – Futamura Yoshimi

yoshimifutamura.com )

 

 

 

 

Futamura Yoshimi

 Naissance (Birth) – Futamura Yoshimi

2005

 

 

 

 

 Kayoko Hoshino

 Kayoko Hoshino

Unless stated otherwise all images were sourced from the Touch Fire exhibition of  Japanese Ceramics by Woman Artists at

SCMA ( Smith College Museum of Art )

Link Here

 

 

 

 

 

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