Mariko IjuuinKanagawa, Japan
Mariko Ijuin’s art has a serious voltage. From Kanagawa, Japan, Ijuin has practiced the art of ceramics for over 40 years, utilizing white and platinum glazes. She’s exhibited extensively throughout Japan, taking her original education in architecture as a thread of inspiration to her practice. As builders ourselves, we can see the correlation. “Ceramics are like a performance stage for cooking and food,” says Ijuin, “they are objects that receive the earth, and that celebrate life." Ijuin believes we receive energy from the objects we use every day. Ijuin crafts her ceramic works without tools, seeking to channel her energy to its future owner through the use of her fingertips – an arduous, thoughtful approach.