Kaori grew up in a family who traded in pottery in Kyoto, Japan a city renowned for its ceramics. She was surrounded by the simple, elegant forms of Japanese tableware from a young age. Following her studies in Kyoto and the RCA in London she has exhibited frequently in London and Japan.

Kaori creates a sculptural installations, painstakingly created hand built copies of everyday objects in white stoneware. The objects are then arranged as a tableaux. These haunting installations offer a contemporary take on the still lives and portraits of the Old Masters.

Kaori has received awards from the Crafts Council, and was commissioned to create tableware for the British Museum’s Grenville Room in 2009.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2014      ‘Heat and Dust’ Joanna Bird ( London )
                Highlights Internationale Kunstmesse, Bernheimer gallery/ Joanna Bird ( Munich )
                MADE London, Craft fair ( London )
                Group exhibition Craft Central ( London )
                COLLECT Joanna Bird Pottery Saatchi Gallery ( London )
                Shortlist Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2013 Mall galleries (London )
2013       MADE London, Craft fair ( London )
               ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ Livingstone Studio ( London )
               ‘British Modern Pottery’ Solo show PATINA, Fukuoka ( Japan )
               ‘Ceramic Art London’ ( London )
2012      ‘MADE LONDON’ craft fair ( London )
               ‘Utensil’ National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny Arts Festival, ( Ireland )
               Santorini Biennale of Arts ( Greece )
               ‘Everyday’ Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery ( Leeds )
               ‘From table to wall’ Flow gallery ( London )
               ‘SOFA’ New York Flow gallery ( N.Y.)
               ‘Blue’ touring exhibition Devon Guild of Craftsmen ( Devon )
               Japan Showcase Ruthin Craft Centre ( Wales )
2011       ‘COLLECT’ Flow gallery at Saatchi gallery ( London )
               ‘Functional Pots’ Oxford Ceramics Gallery ( Oxford )
               ‘Ceramic Art London’ Royal College of Art ( London )
2010      Winter exhibition Livingstone Studio Hampstead ( London )
                Brows&Darvy Joanna Bird at Cork Street ( London )
                ‘COLLECT In The Country’ Barn galleries, (Oxton)
                ‘Handmade’ Fortnum & Mason ( London )
2009      ‘white’ Exhibition Leach pottery ( St Ives )
                Origin London Craft Fair Somerset House ( London )
                ‘Birthday Party’ Flow gallery ( London )
2009       ‘Botanic Garden’ Platform Gallery ( Lancashire )
                 ‘COLLECT’ Contemporary Ceramics, Saatchi Gallery, ( London )
                 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art ( London )
2008        Rarefind winter exhibition New Ashgate gallery ( Surrey )
                 Window exhibition Contemporary Ceramics ( London )
                 ORIGIN London Craft Fair ( London )
                 The Art Shop ( Wales )
                 ‘Art in Action’ Waterpery ( Oxford )
                 Show case with Isamu Noguchi exhibition Yorkshire cultural Park
                 ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ New Ashgate gallery ( Surrey )
                 Earth&Fire Rufford Country Park ( Nottingham )
                 ‘An English Tea Ceremony’ Leach Pottery ( Cornwall )
                 Solo ceramic show Open Eye gallery ( Edinburgh )
                 ‘Objects’ Zimmer Stewert Gallery ( West Sussex )
                 ‘Art Space’ Barn Galleries ( Henley-on Themes )
                 Djanogly Art Gallery ( Nottingham )
                 ‘FANTASIA’ Craft2eu ( Hamburg/ Garmany )
                 Spring Exhibition White Space Contemporary Arts ( Devon )
                 Leach Pottery opening exhibition ( Cornwall )
                 ‘Mug Shots’ The Harley Gallery ( Notthinghamshire )
                 Affordable Art Fair ( London )
                 FORM Olympia ( London )
                 ‘At Table’ Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House ( Cumbria )
                 ‘Botanica’ RBSA Gallery (Birmingham )
                 ‘Rarefind’ New Ashgate Gallery ( Surrey )
                 ‘Mix it up’ The Salt Gallery ( Cornwall (
                 ‘A Time of Gifts’ Joanna Bird ( London )
                 ‘Ceramics Now’ Milton Gallery St. Paul’s school ( London )
                 ‘Effervescence II’ Sussex Barn Gallery (West Sussex )
                  ORIGIN London Craft Fair ( London )
2007       ‘Memories of Summer’ Red Barn gallery ( Cumbria )
                 Art in Action, Waterperry ( Oxford )
                 Earth and Fire, Rufford Craft Centre ( Nottingham )
                ‘Inside Out ‘ Joanna Bird(London)
                ‘Rarefind’ New Ashgate Gallery ( Surrey )
                 Chelsea Art Fair ( London )
                 Affordable Art Fair ( London )
                 Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art ( London )
                 London Art Fair , Five Square Fine Art ( London )
2006        ‘Effervescence’ Sussex Barn Gallery ( Chichester )
                 ‘Rarefind’ New Ashgate Gallery ( Surrey )
                 Broughton Gallery ( Edinburgh )
                 ‘Art in Clay‘ Hatfield ( Harts )
                 ‘KATACHI’ Flow Gallery ( London )
                  Artspace, Barn galleries ( Aston )
                  New Ashgate Gallery ( Surrey )
                  Solo exhibition, Open eye gallery ( Edinburgh )
                  Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Eton College ( Buckingham )
                 “TEXTURE” Group exhibition, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery ( London )
2005        Group Exhibition, The Salt Gallery ( Cornwall )
                  Group Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery ( Surrey )
                  Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art( London )
2004        Design for Scandinavian Award, Chelsea Craft Fair ( London )
                  Group Exhibition, Pond Gallery, ( London )
                  Group Exhibition, Orleans Gallery, ( Surrey )
2002         Solo Exhibition, SEA Gallery, Farringdon ( London )
                  Group Exhibition, Gallery Jin, Tokyo ( Japan )
2000        Solo Exhibition, Gallery Art Space ,Tokyo ( Japan )

Courtesy of Joanna Bird, London