"The nature of fired clay incorporates both fragility and permanence and it is this which enables the material to record elusive things like memory." Kaori Tatebayashi
Extraordinary is the only way I can find to describe the work of Kaori Tatebayashi. This ceramicist/ sculptor exquisitely crafts her tableware and objects, exposing the folds and textures of individual forms whether they be organic or man-made.
Her most recent offering for Ceramic Art London is a series of simple still-life. Displayed in wooden market crates, each contains vignettes of domestic life. A box of vegetables sits next to a collection of garden tools that are in turn framed by a series of boxes. Small children's shoes lie abandoned. A posy has just been dropped and awaits its owner. Each of object captures as Tatebayashi suggests "the elusive things like memory".
Kaori Tatebayashi grew up surrounded by ceramics, first living in Arita and Kyoto, Japan. She is an award winning ceramicist. She studied ceramics at Kyoto City University of Art (both Bachelors and Masters) from 1991-97. During the initial year of her Masters degree she was awarded a scholarship for the Royal College of Art. In 2006, she won the Crafts Council Development Award and set up her workshop at 401¼ Studios in Wandsworth, London. She widely exhibits throughout the UK and Japan.
(All images are taken from the artist's blog. )