Sakai Mika is a Japanese ceramic artist, practicing the ancient Japanese technique of Nerikomi. It is a style of pottery in which the clay is tinted, layered in precise ways, and sliced to form a slab which is pressed into or onto a mold. The work’s color and decoration are created by the patterned clay rather than by a glaze or surface technique.The completed pottery will have the same pattern on its exterior and its interior.
The artist began her career in the Arts by studying fashion in Tokyo. After she graduated she took her first ceramics course then went on to apprentice for two years under one of Japan’s foremost practitioners of Nerikomi. She has since become one of the best Nerikomi potters in Japan.
Matthew Ward is a self-taught ceramist. The Brooklyn-based artist comes from an artistic family. His father was a graphic designer and painter and his mother was a photographer. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum School in Boston where he trained in painting and sculpture. He pulls inspiration from the 1940’s and 50’s, where he sees that the work was simpler and yet had exciting developments. On an article in Glaze Magazine he says this about his work:
“My work is very pattern oriented I don’t think it’s very complicated… It’s very simple and it’s very relatable. People can get it right away, the forms are very straightforward. I think that was just my appreciation for the minimalist movement in sculpture and in painting just having that reference.”