Tsuboyayaki: The southernmost Japanese prefecture, Okinawa, was once its own kingdom for more than five hundred years (1372 - 1879). The Ryukyu Kingdom and the society and culture that developed around it was a crossroads between Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. Tsuboyayaki or Tsuboya ware is the traditional pottery technique of the Ryukyu culture, and is well-known throughout Japan. Recently, the kilns of Okinawa have been so popular that they sell their products to retailers at markets held every 3 months where buyers line up for 2-3 hours just to get in.
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Kaoli Nakamura (more info below)
ARTIST DESCRIPTION: Kaori Nakamura
"Light and shadow, atmosphere and texture... With these in mind, I hope to create works that will stimulate the senses." (translated from the original words by Kaori)
About the artist, NAKAMURA Durafourg Kaori
Artist Kaori Nakamura was born in 1981 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. She studied ceramics in Okinawa and graduated from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Crafts major, Ceramic Arts, in 2005. After graduation, she remained at the university to work as a part-time assistant worker for the department. In the same year, with four other people (all women) planned and ran "neutral space [cotef]" at the Takasago-den of Maejima Art Center in Naha. Upon marriage and having a child, she moved back to Chiba for few years. In 2009, she decided to restart her career as a ceramic artist and in 2011, she moved to Okinawa once again. Currenly, she teaches at Avurn Pottery & Ceramic Art School, at the same time, producing ceramic works as atelier [petit papillon].
Past Exhibitions 2005: Planned and ran "neutral space [cotef]" at the Takasago-den of Maejima Art Center in Naha 2006: Exhibition "kyoukaisenwooyogu" (swimming in the borderline) at Cafe mofgmona 2007: Exhibition "Ryuushi no idou 粒子の移動" (movement of particles) at Cafe UNIZON 2009: Exhibition "bonne soiree" at Cafe ue 2010: Exhibition "Hibi-ten 日々展" (everyday) at suupu-ya すーぷや hyuge 2012: Exhibition "shiro ni ukabu iro 白に浮かぶ色" (colors that appear on white) at kufuu