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Post by studio-pots on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:24 am

As a special treat for Potty I have decided to start a thread about Aki Moriuchi with an image of a "Big Stone Seed".




Although born in Tokyo, Aki has lived in England since 1971 and only became interested in making ceramics some years after settling here. Initially she concentrated on producing tableware based on traditional Japanese items, which she had used all of her life. Subsequently the work developed away from the practical to encompass the sculptural work for which she is better known. This work has many layers of glazes applied and is usually fired more than once to stoneware temperature. Following this Aki will sandblast the surface; her own speeded up weathering, a process that fascinated her, until satisfied with the outcome. Like all good sculpture Aki's perception of space is key to the work's success but I think that because it always has function as a reference point it is more accessible than some more abstract work.

At her solo exhibition, held at the Harlequin Gallery, London in November 2006, she announced that it was to be her last exhibition, as she had decided to stop potting. Since then she spent time travelling and developing her skills as an artist.

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Post by studio-pots on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:25 am

A large Grooved Pot.



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Post by studio-pots on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:08 pm

Not sure how helpful the images of Aki's personal seal below will be but here it is "as is" and "highlighted with pencil".




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Post by studio-pots on Tue May 28, 2013 11:21 pm

Aki has recently set up her own web site, the purpose of which is to showcase her recent paintings. However, it does have a large section of images of her ceramics (look under WORK).

It can be found at

www.akimoriuchi.com

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Post by studio-pots on Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:00 pm

During the 1990s, Aki also made individual pieces of functional Japanese tableware as shown below: -



A couple of small circular dishes

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Post by studio-pots on Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:00 pm

............... and here is a pouring bowl


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Post by studio-pots on Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:57 pm

A "weathered" teabowl


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Post by big ed on Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:20 pm

studio-pots wrote:A "weathered" teabowl


When was this made SP ? & what size is it ?
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Post by studio-pots on Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:37 pm

It was made in St. Ives in 2004 and was first sold by me from her solo exhibition of that year - I sold in again at the end of 2008.

I don't have the measurements but relatively small - perhaps 8 cm tall and 10 cm in diameter.

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Post by studio-pots on Sat May 24, 2014 11:00 am

Life after Pots!

I just received an email from Aki to say that this year for the first time she submitted two small canvases to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and both have been accepted.

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Post by studio-pots on Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:58 am


Mooncatcher. Made in 2006. The maximum height is 16.5 cm (6.5 inches), the depth is 10.2 cm (4.0 inches) and the width is 64.8 cm (25.5 inches).

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Post by studio-pots on Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:01 pm



A sake cup/guinomi by Aki from the late 1990s.

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