Mariko Ijuuin
Kanagawa, Japan

Mariko Ijuuin’s art has a serious voltage.  From Kanagawa, Japan, Ijuuin 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 Ijuuin, “they are objects that receive the earth, and that celebrate life." Ijuuin believes we receive energy from the objects we use every day. Ijuuin 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.

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