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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






Tomita Mikiko

Metamorphosis 2 – Tomita Mikiko







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


( 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






Koike Shoko sculptural ceramic

Koike Shoko – Shell Vessel


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


 ( 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)





Vase with Seascape – Kitamura Junko


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


Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe





Japanese Kitamura Junko

Large Double-Ellipse Vessel – Kitamura Junko






Kitamura Junko

Cone Vase – Kitamura Junko






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






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






Saiseki Zōgan Flowing Motif in Stone – Kishi Eiko

1983  – Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston.





Kawakami Tomoko ceramic vessels

Vessels for Flowers – Kawakami Tomoko






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.








 Untitled (French Pumpkin) – Katsumata Chieko


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



Yellow glazed sculpture “Sprouting Seed”  – Fujino Satchiko

 ( Joan B Mirviss )

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Fujino Satchiko

( WAH centre )





Hoshino Kayoko

Glazed Dish – Hoshino Kayoko


 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







Hoshino Kayoko

Platter with Palladium  – Hoshino Kayoko






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.





 Futamura Yoshimi

Puls Gallery


 Vase 2008  – Futamura Yoshimi

yoshimifutamura.com )





Futamura Yoshimi

 Naissance (Birth) – Futamura Yoshimi






 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



Gallery of Japanese Potters

 The  role that pottery has played in development of the Japanese aesthetic and culture has been substantial.  Japanese pottery has evolved over the centuries into a high art form.  Since the Kamakura period (1183-1333), wood-fired pottery from the six oldest historic Japanese pottery centers (Bizen, Echizen, Tanba, Seto, Shigaraki and Tokoname) helped to cultivate a unique artistic appreciation that represented subtle understated beauty. Zen monks were among the first to extol the virtue and beauty of simple austerity. Today, the Japanese ceramists in various pottery centers continue their heritage, producing timeless works of art using traditional materials and techniques refined through centuries of experience.

Ichino Masahiko :

Ichino Masahiko - plate with geometric lines radiating from an orange circular centre

Ichino Masahiko

Ichino Masahiko Sculpture Ceramic art

Ichino Masahiko


-Ichino-Masahiko - asymmetrical bowl with abstract patterns

Ichino Masahiko



Ichino-Masahiko elliptical shaped vessel with pointed ends in orange and black

Ichino Masahiko



Tokuda Yasokichi III : Glazed vessel with high gloss in blue and turquoise green by Tokuda Yasokichi III

Tokuda Yasokichi III


spherical ceramic vessel in purple and blue by Tokuda Yasokichi III

Tokuda Yasokichi III



Tokuda Yasokichi III ovoid vase with turquoise and purple glaze

Tokuda Yasokichi III




Tokuda Yasokichi III ceramic tea jar with three handles

Kutani Tea Jar  Tokuda Yasokichi III




Ono Kotaro :

Ono Kotaro Ceramic vessel with frosted teal green colour glaze wavy textured surface

Ono Kotaro


Ono Kotaro White ceramic sake bottle and cup

Ono Kotaro- sake bottle and cup



New Works by Ono Kotaro - spherical ceramic vase with wave pattern surface decoration

Ono Kotaro



Ohashi Yutaka :

Chosen-Karatsu Vase by Ohashi Yutaka with two lug handles

Chosen-Karatsu Vase


 Ito Saibei :

Black Raku Chawan by Ito Saibei

Black Raku Chawan – Ito Saibei


Matsui Kosei :

Matsui Kosei ceramic bowl

Matsui Kosei



Matsui-Kosei Japanese ceramic spherical vessel, textured surface with horizontal stripes

Matsui Kosei



Matsui Kosei footed bowl

Matsui Kosei



Urakami Zenji :

urakami zenji ceramic raku vase

Urakami Zenji



Urakami Zenji Buddha figurative sculpture - Robert-Yeltsin gallery

Urakami Zenji


Urakami Zenji - raku lidded box - earth tones

Urakami Zenji



Hayashi Kotaro :

Hayashi Kotaro baluster vase

Hayashi Kotaro


Hayashi Kotaro ceramic cup

Hayashi Kotaro  ( 1940 – 1981 )

Robert Yellin Yakamoto Gallery



Reiko Kakiuchi-Cohen : ( via – Touching Stone )

Reiko Kakiuchi-Cohen spherical ceramic bottle

‘Twilight’  – Reiko Kakiuchi-Cohen



Reiko Kakiuchi-Cohen japanese vase

Reiko Kakiuchi-Cohen



‘Storm’ – Reiko Kakiuchi-Cohen


Tadashi Nishihata   ( Tanba )

Tadashi Nishihata raku vase

Tadashi Nishihata




Nishihata-Tadashi-----globular Tamba-ash-glazed-pleated jar

‘Tamba ash glazed tsubo’  Nishihata Tadashi

Sold – japanesepottery.com



Tadashi Nishihata ovoid vase

Tadashi Nishihata vase



Nishihata-Tadashi-faceted ash-glazed-tamba-chawan

Ash glazed tamba chawan  – Nishihata Tadashi



Tadashi Nishihata spherical vessel

Tadashi Nishihata




Blue Contemporary-Vase-by-Morino-Taimei-B

Contemporary Vase by Morino Taimei B




Footed Chawan-18-Akira-Satake

‘Chawan 18’ – Akira Satake





Jar, tenmoku glaze and kaki trailed slip – Shoji Hamada





Marbled-ware-jar-with-glass like-gloss-- by Maeta-Akihiro


Marbled ware jar with glass like gloss by Maeta Akihiro



YASUKO-NAKAMURA incised plate

Yasuko Yakamura carved wall plate