Kawakami Tomoko Ceramics
Kawakami Tomoko was a relatively unknown artist until 2005, when she won the Grand Prize at the 54th Premio Faenza, the International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art held annually at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy.
I came across her whilst researching and looking at Japanese ceramics for inspiration for my own practice.
Her work is beautiful simplicity, capturing a moment within her vessels. They are all formed by hand-pinching, although her earliest works were formed using plaster molds. She creates textured, stone like surfaces by tapping a small rock on the body of the work while the clay is still damp.
Kawakami's stoneware surfaces are unglazed, but the rich black glaze of their interiors gives her work depth.