Born in Chiba in 1977, Akio Niisato is one of Japan’s leading porcelain potters. His work is influenced by classical Chinese and Japanese work, but it also has very modern northern European qualities of simplicity and concision, with his translucent, thinly walled cylinder and bowl forms pierced to make luminous lattices and patterns of light. Slight eclipses and gently dented rims often add to the quiet movement of these vessels, with their skilfully drilled perforations creating delicate surface rhythms and energies. Akio Niisato studied at Tajimi City Ceramics Design Centre, and has gone on to exhibit internationally. His work is elusive in the UK, Oxford Ceramics Gallery being a rare European outlet.
There will be an opportunity to come and see Akio Niisato, as part of Clay Live series at the Ashmolean, Oxford; where he will talk and demonstrate his techniques, followed by a private view of the full exhibition at the gallery on Walton Street.
Clay Live at the Ashmolean, Saturday 29 June 2 - 3:30pm
Private View at Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Saturday 29 June 4-6pm