Keiko Masumoto ceramic art is intensely interested in the intersection of art and craft, whether a craft object can simply be decorative or if an artistic work can still remain functional.
Her questions have resulted in a series of traditional ceramic plates, bowls, and vases embedded with unlikely objects from wriggling octopi to entire buildings.
Keiko Masumoto was born and grew up in Japan. She studied Ceramic Art at BA and MA level at Kyoto City University of Art where she became especially interested bringing together the traditional Japanese ceramic craft with fine art concepts. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobe and internationally in London and Seoul. Keiko exhibited at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art with a solo show developed for the Touch and Sense series, a hugely popular annual exhibition of sensual gallery experiences for blind and partially sighted people. Keiko currently teaches at Kobe Design University, and from 2007 to 2010 she taught at the ceramic studio in Fumonsha, Kyoto.
Keiko’s highly skilled and critically challenging artwork as an emerging ceramics artist has been acknowledged by several different awards.
Her work requires many traditional Japanese and Korean ceramic skills such as hand-building and throwing on the wheel. She tends to use a variety of clays, glazes and decoration techniques.
“I find great inspiration in historical decorative Asian ceramics and cultural traditions. Ceramics has a strong resonance in both historic and contemporary Japanese society, and the wider cultural traditions are a focus for me in my work. I regularly turn to museum collections for research for my work. I am interested both in motif, but also in making process and learning about ceramic skills.”
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