Group Exhibition by Potters, Glass and Felt Artists
August 24 – 30, 2012
The exhibition, “Dreamy Maidens” is a group show of Japanese potters, glass and feld artists from Mashiko, Tochigi, Japan. All the artists in this exhibition live and work in Mashiko, Tochigi. Mashiko is known as for its pottery, called “Mashiko-yaki”. It is a traditional kiln site that is unlike some of the other older kiln sites around Japan. The town is open to newcomers whether they are potters or others with professional backgrounds in arts, science and education. In Japan craftsmen were usually born into their profession ,but in Mashiko, anyone could be a potter.
The artists in this exhibition are the member of “Mashiko Maidens’ Kimono Club,” and this is the first official exhibition in abroad. The meaning of “a Maiden” for the name of group is little bit different from virginity or immatureness. They call it “OTOME” in Japanese and it means a girl who has a pure and sensitive feeling. Also, they describe the innocent feeling itself as “OTOME-GOKORO” and anyone could have that kind of feelings not only little girls, but elder ladies, even men could.
They always try to merge those sense into their creation process as they keep the pure and innocent feeling with wearing traditional Japanese costume, Kimono, in their daily life, and the habit helps them understand the origin of a sense of beauty in Japanese culture where their creation ideas came from.
Artists and Works
Formed in 2006 as a collaborative project by Takako Otsuka, Stained-glass artist, and masa, potter. They have been holding many Exhibitions together.
1975 born in Miyagi, Japan
1999 Studied under Toshihiko Nishimura, Potter in Mashiko, Tochigi, Japan
2005 Built own kiln
2007 Started to work in new studio in Tochigi, Japan
1972 born in Mashiko, Tochigi
1995 Graduated from Toyama City Institute of Glass Art
Currently work as a felt artist in Tochigi, Japan
2000 Graduated from Kyoritsu Women’s University in Design major
Studied at Stained-glass Art School at Shibuya, Tokyo
Work at “BARA STUDIO” as Stained-glass artist
1976 born in Tokyo, Japan
1998 Graduated from Musashino Art University
2002 Studied about Pottery in Seto-city, Aichi
2003 – 2010 Worked at Pottery Studio in Mashiko, Tochigi
1976 born in Tochigi, Japan
2003 Started to creating pottery
2009 Graduated from Bunsei University of Art, Pottery Major
2009 Built own kiln then working as independent potter
1977 Born in Japan
1999 Jissen Women’s Educational Institute Department of Aesthetics and Art History
1999 Worked at Mashiko Yokoyama Pottery Studio
2005 Started to work at own studio in Mashiko