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ISAKO SUZUKI

NERIAGE POTTERY

 

 2020 - PRESENT

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PAST WORKS

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ABOUT

Isako Suzuki grew up in her father's ceramic studio in Odawara, Japan. Her father, Sansei Suzuki, is a highly regarded celadon ceramist in Japan. Isako had been initially trained in wheel-throwing by her father in the late 90s but it was only after some years of on and off relationship with pottery that she started working on a full-time basis, creating her own style of pottery. Her main focus has been Neriage, in which she originally took interest in 2008. Over the years, Isako continually refined the techniques that she had discovered and developed, and occasionally consulted her father for his critique and review of her completed works. Recently, her Neriage works have been selected to be included in juried exhibitions in Japan. She has been creating her Neriage pottery at her home studio in Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is also the head potter for Hermann-Suzuki Pottery.

”My inspiration was originally drawn from what I considered rather dynamic works of some contemporary Neriage ceramics. Combining my interest in 2D illusion art, I explored ways to bring them together instead of following traditional Nerikomi instructions faithfully. I was determined to not follow the tradition so I taught myself how to create my own style of Neriage work by studying some Japanese masters’ works and by trial and error. Eventually, I developed the process where I assemble layers of gradated coloured clay, from which I throw a piece to shape on the wheel. The resulting gradated bands with parallel streaks appear to advance and recede, creating three dimensional effects in viewers' minds. I usually work in monochromatic colour combinations and occasionally incorporate more vivid colours to best show the use of coloured gradated bands and lines. Of all the processes involved in creating Neriage pieces, sanding is where I wish I could hand off the job to someone else. My interest in Nerige has always been the creation of illusionary effects with gradated clay. ”

                                                           CERAMIC COMPETITIONS / JURIED EXHIBITIONS

The 8th TOBITEN Ceramic Art Exhibition, TOBI, the Ceramic Art Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 2021

The 13th Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition, Toki City Cultural Promotion Foundation, Gifu, Japan, 2020

The 24th Mino Teabowl Exhibition, Mino Ceramic Art Association, Gifu, Japan, 2020

Shimpo Teabowl Show (first place), NCECA, Portland, Oregon, 2017

                                                                         GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Creative Obsessions, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI, 2020

Revolution, Craft Nova Scotia, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2018

Oh Canada, Craft Nova Scotia, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2017 

Craft Year 2015, Craft Nova Scotia, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2015

Craft Year 2015, PEI Craft Council, Eptek Art and Culture Centre, Summerside, PEI, 2015

Heirloom, PEI Craft Council, The Gallery@The Guild, Charlottetown, PEI, 2014

                                                                              COLLECTIONS

Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI

                                                                                EDUCATION

Diploma: Graphic Design  Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI

BA Linguistics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario

 

CONTACT

hspottery@gmail.com

PO Box 726 Cornwall PEI

 CANADA  C0A1H0

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