November 14 - December 12, 2020


Untitled 1, 2020


17 3/10 x 15 7/10 x 11 4/5  inches

Mio Yamaguchi


Vessel, 2020

Mixed clay

6.5 x 4.3 x 4.3 inches


No.9 Vessel_2.JPG


Cell #1, 2016

porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold, glue, glass beads

6 x 12 x 6.5 Inches

Mikiko Tomita


Event Horizon, 2018

porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold, platinum

7.5 x 13 x 11.8 inches

事象の地平線 (#5)

Mayumi Nakamura

Press Release

LaiSun Keane is proud to present a four person exhibition featuring contemporary Japanese women artists, Mikiko Tomita, Mayumi Nakamura, Sayaka Shingu and Mio Yamaguchi titled New Directions: Japanese Women Artists from November 14 to December 12, 2020. 

The artists in this exhibition are at different stages of their careers, and two will be debuting their work in the United States for the first time. Notably, Tomita exhibited in the USA in 2009 in the seminal exhibition, Touch Fire at Smith College, Northampton, MA and Shingu has her work on view at the Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY.

We have selected distinctive examples of works by Japanese women artists who broke from tradition to make their mark in the field of contemporary ceramics for this exhibition. No longer riding on the reputations of highly respected and pioneering women artists such as Kitamura Junko, Matsuda Yuriko and many others, these artists all received University education in art and dived straight into ceramic art moving away from studio pottery training which has a strong tradition in Japan.  Their works highlight the interesting and diverse treatment of the ceramic medium which  is their unique visual language. 

Mikiko Tomita (born Osaka, Japan, 1972) studied at Kyoto City University of Arts and is a highly unique sculptor and ceramic artists. Her works are inspired by religious architectures and organic forms such as cells and molecules. She has exhibited extensively through out Japan and internationally. 

Mayumi Nakamura (born Miyazaki, Japan, 1976)  studied design at Joshibi University of Art and Design and had a brief career in fashion before pursuing ceramic art full time. Her works range from reliefs, vessel based sculptures to monumental outdoor art. This is her first exhibition outside of Japan.

Sayaka Shingu (born Osaka, Japan, 1979) received a BFA from Osaka University of Art and makes work that concerns floral beauty. She is fascinated by the cycle of life and her sculptural work is a re-imagination of preserved flowers through her use of dark and neutral tones. Her work is in private and public collections in Japan, Turkey and the USA.

Mio Yamaguchi (born Aichi, Japan, 1992) is the youngest artist in this group show. She graduated from Aichi University of Education Graduate School three years ago. Her sculptures are organic and tactile referencing nature and landscapes.  

This exhibition will be held at our gallery located at 460C Harrison Ave Boston MA as well as viewable on our website and Artsy. Artist Talk videos and an exhibition catalogue will be published. Email us at to make an appointment to view the show in person and for further details. Winter Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 6pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm.

Exhibition Statement

Until the 1950s, even if Japanese women wanted to enter the pottery world, their work at kilns was only an auxiliary process, and they faced physical difficulties while being blocked by various conventions. Therefore, a continuous study began to promote kneading, forming and firing among women who blazed their own paths to become ceramic artists.


Since then, female ceramic artists have expanded their playing field as handicraft "pottery" has been changing into artistic "ceramics" including sculptural works full of creativity and design.


As independent artists, a greater number of female ceramic artists, who are most likely have studied pottery at art universities, pursue and express their world of deep contemplation in clay, and play a part in the diversity of contemporary ceramic art in Japan while freely displaying their unique visions and concepts.


In addition, the bold and precise forms, and fantastic and delicate expressions their works have been increasingly valued overseas in recent years, rather than in Japan.


We are proud to bring you four contemporary Japanese female artists, Mikiko Tomita, Mayumi Nakamura, Sayaka Shingu and Mio Yamaguchi, artists at different stages of their careers for a group exhibition in Boston. Tomita exhibited in the USA more than 10 years ago in a seminal exhibition, Touch Fire at the Smith College, MA while Nakamura, Shingu and Yamaguchi are exhibiting for the first time here. 

The exhibition will be held at our gallery located at 460C Harrison Ave Boston MA as well as viewable online. We plan to release videos of the artists talking about their works with a Japanese interpreter. An exhibition catalogue will be  published. 

Email us at to make an appointment to view the show in person and for further details. 



1972    Born in Osaka, Japan

1996    Kyoto City University of Arts

            The Encouragement Award of Reunion, Tomimoto Award-winner


Solo Exhibitions

1999    Gallery Maronie, Kyoto

2000   INAX Galleria Ceramica, Tokyo and Hokkaido

2001    INAX Tile Museum, Aichi

            Masuda Studio, Tokyo

2002    Kobo IKUKO, Okayama

2013    YOU-Yuusya Gallery, Aichi (’07, ’12)

2015    ART NAGOYA 2015, YOU-Yuusya Gallery, Aichi

2017    Meguro Gallery, Mie (’03, ’06, ’09, ’11, ’14)

            SILVER SHELL, Tokyo (’07, ’11, ’13, ’15)

2019    YOU-Yuusya Gallery SAPPORO, Hokkaido


Group Exhibitions

2003    Flowers of Contemporary Ceramic Art -Focusing on Ceramists of Western Japan / Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki

2008    Saint Sex Spirit - Seducing Crafts - / Takashimaya Shinjuku Store, Tokyo

2009    Treasure to the Future / Takashimaya Nihombashi, Shinjuku, Osaka and Kyoto

             The Power of Decoration, The Viewpoint on Contemporary Ceramics / Craft Gallery, The National Museum of 
             Modern Art, Tokyo

2010    The 5th Paramita Museum Ceramic Art Grand Prize Exhibition / Paramita Museum, Mie

            Touch Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics by Women Artists / Smith College Museum, USA


2016    SOFA CHICAGO / Smith College Museum, USA

2017    The Splendid Ceramics - The Expression of Seven Women Artists / Ginza WAKO, Tokyo

            Nitten / The National Art Center, Tokyo



Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefectural Kutani Ceramics Technical Research Center


Art Print Japan’s Art Shop in Tokyo International Forum

Smith College Museum, USA



1976    Born in Miyazaki, Japan

2000    Joshibi University of Art and Design

2001    Worked for a clothing manufacturer as a designer (until 2006)

2006    Started a career as a ceramic artist at Art amane in Miyazaki

2007    Designed and created a ceramic mural painting for Miyazaki Aceland in Miyazaki


Solo Exhibitions

2012    The Secret Garden / Miyazaki Yamakataya Art Gallery, Miyazaki

2013    The Secret Garden vol.2 / Miyazaki Yamakataya Art Gallery, Miyazaki

2014    Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition / Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Aichi

2015    Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition - Kaku - / Gallery Art space Irosora, Miyazaki

2016    Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition / Gallery Tosei, Osaka (’15)

2017    Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition - Let my own flowers bloom - / Iwataya Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Fukuoka

            Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition - Event Horizon - / Miyazaki Yamakataya Art Gallery, Miyazaki 

2018    Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition - Event Horizon - / Gallery Tosei, Osaka

            Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition - Void Poem - / Isetan Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo

            The 150th Anniversary of Japan-Spain Diplomatic Relations Event - Mayumi Nakamura Exhibition - / The Royal Botanical             Garden of Madrid (Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid), Spain

2019    Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Pictures Exhibition - Let my own flowers bloom - / Miyazaki Bougainvillea Airport Gallery,                   Miyazaki (’16)

2020    Mayumi Nakamura Ceramic Exhibition - Grand Bouquet - / Shop & Gallery min, Miyazaki


Group Exhibitions

2011    Toshiaki Nakamura and Mayumi Tateyama (maiden name) Exhibition, Miyazaki

2013    From Now On / Gallery Tosei, Osaka 

            Ceramic Wares from Parent to Child / Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo

             Dining table in autumn starting from ceramic wares / Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo

2014    Various Mugs / Hankyu Umeda, Osaka

            ISETAN JAPAN SENSES / Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo

             Women artists falling in love with ceramic wares / Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo

2015    Keiko Sorachi and Mayumi Nakamura - Mother-Daughter Exhibition - / Sanyo Department Store Art Gallery, Hyogo

            TOISM 2015 Summer Ceramic Art Festival / Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Kanagawa

   Shuhei Tateyama and Mayumi Nakamura - Father-Daughter Exhibition - / JR Tokai Takashimaya Art Gallery, Aichi (’13)

2016    Keiko Sorachi and Mayumi Nakamura - Mother-Daughter Exhibition - / Kagoshima Airport Gallery, Kagoshima (’08, ’10)


1979    Born in Osaka, Japan

2001    B.F.A. Osaka University of Arts

2003    The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Studio Artist for the Artist-in-Residence Program


Solo Exhibitions

2006   Gallery Maronie, Kyoto (’05)

2007   “CUBIC” gallery ITEZA, Kyoto

2010    INAX Galleria Ceramica, Tokyo

            Silver Shell, Tokyo

2011    INAX Live Museum, Aichi

2012    Gallery yuragi, Kyoto

2013    Gallery Suchi, Tokyo (’10)

2014    ENTOREZ, Hyogo

2015    Gallery Tosei, Osaka

           Gallery Utsuwa-note, Saitama

2017    Kochukyo, Tokyo

2018    Takashimaya Nihombashi, Tokyo

Gallery Labo, Ehime (’16)

2019    Rokurokudo, Kyoto (’13)

           Utsuwakan, Kyoto (’12, ’13, ’15, ’17)

2020   Gallery Utsuwa-note, Tokyo

           Gallery Labo, Ehime (’16, ’18, ’19)


Group Exhibitions

2007    Asahi Ceramic Exhibition (’04)

2010    Three-Dimensional Art Show by Contemporary Artists / Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo

            +PLUS: THE ART FAIR, Tokyo

2012    Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair Hong Kong / Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

           ART KYOTO 2012, Kyoto

          The 7th Paramita Museum Ceramic Art Grand Prize Exhibition / Paramita Museum, Mie

2013    ART OSAKA 2013, Osaka

          LA CERAMIQUE JAPONAISE, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey

          Wondering! Amazing! Amusing! 4 Ceramists Exhibition / Saihodo Gallery, Tokyo (in each year since 2013)

2014    Metamorphose / Takashimaya Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Shinjuku, Nihombashi

          JURYOKU / Gallery Suchi, Tokyo

2015    ART OSAKA 2015, Osaka

          JURYOKU / Gallery Suchi, Tokyo

2017    Object Exhibition / YAKATA YUSAI, Tokyo

2019    SPARKLE / Rokurokudo, Kyoto

           Transcendental World / Setouchi City Museum of Art, Okayama

           Ryosokuin Kenninji Temple, Kyoto



2004    Selected for Asahi Ceramic Exhibition (’07)

2008    Selected for Kyoto Art and Craft Biennale, The Museum of Kyoto

2012    Selected for the 7th Paramita Museum Ceramic Art Grand Prize Exhibition / Paramita Museum, Mie


Selected Public Collections

Anadolu University Museum, Eskisehir, Turkey



Mio Yamaguchi


1992    Born in Aichi, Japan

2017    Aichi University of Education Graduate School


2014    Selected for the 49th Women’s Association of Ceramic Art Exhibition

2016    Selected for the 3rd Triennale of KOGEI in Kanazawa – Competition Exhibition: 2017 Kogei World Competition in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

2016    Selected for Ceramic Art in the Present Tense – The Hagi Grand Prix IV / Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi

2016    The 50th Women’s Association of Ceramic Art Exhibition, Kyoto Governor’s Prize Winner

2017    Selected for the 11th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan / Ceramic Park Mino, Gifu


2015    Aichi University of Education – Ceramics and Glass Sculpture Exhibition / Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center, Aichi

2015    Exhibition by 6 Ceramic Artists / Gallery SUKI, Aichi

2015    Art Exhibition / gallery VOICE, Gifu

2016    Art Exhibition by 14 Artists / Gallery SUKI, Aichi

2017    Form consisting of the clay – Part XV / gallery VOICE, Gifu

2017    Exhibition of Guinomi / Gallery SUKI, Aichi

2018    Mio Takatsu and Mio Yamaguchi Exhibition / Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto

2019    Favorite Form Exhibition – Multiplication and Ornament / Gallery SUKI, Aichi

2020   New Directions, LaiSun Keane, Boston MA USA