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Yu Nishioka

西岡 悠
Ceramic Artist • 1977 –

Ceramic artist born in Chiba Prefecture. Yu apprenticed under Goro Suzuki and later became an independent ceramic artist based in Mino, Gifu Prefecture. After gaining experience in various crafts such as furniture and musical instrument making, he became attracted to the depth of ceramics and now pursues the unique charm of Mino ware, focusing especially on expressing the texture of Ki-Seto, which is said to be highly difficult to achieve. He produces works that take full advantage of the diverse characteristics of Mino clay, which he seeks out and digs himself.

BASED IN
Mino, Gifu Prefecture

POINT OF VIEW

It is precisely because something is complex and challenging that it is worth pursuing for the entirety of one’s life. Mino ware, which offers a variety of styles worthy of special mention, is the spark that ignites Yu Nishioka’s spirit of pursuit. The works he creates in search of an expression different from others seem to convey the passionate spirit of this artist who continues to push the limits of these challenging ceramics.

CRAFT ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

1977

Born in Chiba Prefecture

2011

Graduated from Ceramics Vocational Training Institute of Aichi Prefecture

Apprenticed under Goro Suzuki

2014

Established independent practice in Ena, Gifu Prefecture

2019

Constructed a wood-fired toen-shiki (down-draft) kiln utilizing the inverted flame method

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