Ceramic Festival

FRI 28 – SUN 30 JUNE 2013
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Mid Wales, UK
keiko masumoto

The 2013 International Ceramics Festival, the UK’s leading festival of ceramics, will take place at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre over the weekend of Friday 28 – Sunday 20 June 2013.
Internationally renowned ceramicists and potters from all over the world will be travelling to the beautiful coastal surroundings of Aberystwyth to take part in a jam-packed weekend of special exhibitions, artist-led talks, practical demonstrations, lectures and films. The artists’ workspaces will also be open to the public and there will be the chance to buy work from the leading artists.
This year promises to be a stellar line up for the festival, with artists travelling from as far as USA, Korea, China, Spain, Poland and New Zealand. Participating artists demonstrating their work include American artist Beth Cavener Stichter, whose provocative and emotionally charged animal sculptures turn the traditional use of ceramics on its head; one of the world’s foremost porcelain ceramicists, Takeshi Yasuda, whose beautiful, wheel thrown pots are currently being exhibited at the Fitzwilliam Museum's exhibition: 'China’s White Gold: Contemporary porcelain from Jingdezhen', and Doug Fitch, one of the UK’s leading slipware potters.
beth cavener stichter
2013 also marks new partnership between the International Ceramics Festival and the V&A.   Keiko Masumoto, who is the current Toshiba Japanese Ceramics Resident at the V&A in London, known for her delicate hand-building and intricate painting skills of the traditional Japanese style, will be visiting the festival and demonstrating her ceramic techniques, and also showing how she is using V&A collections to inform her skilled contemporary works.
Keiko Masumoto will be demonstrating the ceramic techniques used in her Motif series to create sculptural work inspired by the pattern and shapes of historical ceramics. Masumoto, who is known for her delicate hand-building and intricate painting skills of the traditional Japanese style, was born and grew up in Tatsuno City, Japan. She studied Ceramic Art at BA and MA level at Kyoto City University of Art where she became especially interested bringing together traditional Japanese ceramic craft practice with fine art concepts. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobe and internationally in London and Seoul. Keiko exhibited at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art with a solo show developed for the Touch and Sense series, a hugely popular annual exhibition of sensual gallery experiences for blind and partially sighted people. Masumoto currently teaches ceramics at Kobe Design University, and has previously taught at the Ceramic Studio in Fumonsha, Kyoto.



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