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
Born in Chiba Prefecture
Graduated from Ceramics Vocational Training Institute of Aichi Prefecture
Apprenticed under Goro Suzuki
Established independent practice in Ena, Gifu Prefecture
Constructed a wood-fired toen-shiki (down-draft) kiln utilizing the inverted flame method