KAKU (Crimson)


Where do anger and sadness go?

I cried and spun.

This sadness.

Your sadness is immeasurable.

It accumulated in me and was sore. This crimson, just crimson flame.

As if nothing had happened.

Burned out and disappeared


I am interested in the whereabouts of anger and sadness.

May they be sublimated and beautifully purified some day.

I will make this hope shine in crimson.

This is my form of prayer.

Universal Flowers (Jizainohana)


I have been familiar with painting and design since childhood. I encountered ceramics during that time, and now I mainly focus on three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional works with abstract paintings. I use the material of ceramics because I'm trying to express "invisible" things such as inner, emotional and spiritual things that spring in me. Therefore, I am strongly attracted to the spirituality of the material of clay, which has been incorporated into life and faith as tools and ritual articles for magic since the primitive times, and the mystery of changing clay and glaze to different substances by firing.


Also, in my creation process, I pictorially paint a single view of the world on a planar ceramic panel or mural with glaze. After that, I create a three-dimensional work with the image that the elements and motifs are coming out of the planar surface and they are freely popping out of that world into reality. It is exactly influenced by the culture of the Rinpa school (one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting) during Japan's decorative period, and its glossy colors and natural designs are replaced in our time, and it is an expression that combines expressionism with the modern Rinpa school that arises from the dialogue with the times.


From the beginning, the title of the production is the message "Universal Flowers (Jizainohana)". The intention is to put a wedge in one's unstable and unreliable sentiment, which sways in the diverse values of our times. It is not a division or a weight but a connection between the self who is swept away by the values of others and the self who wants to be like this, with the thought that "I can be myself as is. Just let my own flowers bloom". In recent years, the "Event Horizon," "COSMIC," and "Grand Bouquet" series that connect oneself with others and recognize various values have been produced.

Event Horizon


You have something I don't know about.

Your 99% mystery.

I have something you don't know about.

My 99% mystery.

I want to know you thoroughly, but once I know you thoroughly, I won't be able to get out of it even with the speed of light.

I try to approach you as much as possible and solve your mystery, but with that alone something begins to circulate at the speed of light and shines like plasma.

Once I know you thoroughly.


The black hole shooting was successful in 2019. There was a bright ring in the image. The black holes have very strong gravity, and neither light nor radio waves can come out. The bright ring was a very hot gas around the black hole, moving around the black hole at the speed of light, and the intense friction between the substances caused it to reach an extremely high temperature and shine as plasma.

Phoenix (Hinotori)


Phoenix, firebirds - Japanese people have seen auspicious birds in the sky since ancient times. It is a symbol of "harmony, peace and prosperity." Then, they thought about the glossy and beautiful appearance and wished that its power would rub off on them. There is suffering and joy in the universal human activities just like old times. Now, I pray that the Covid-19 will be vanquished.



The concept of the multiverse is fascinating to us. I even feel relieved that there are multiple universes and there is not one. We also exist indefinitely, not just one. Each person has a concept, and each person is exactly the universe. It may be small, subtle and faint. However, by acknowledging each universe, it becomes an irreplaceable universe.



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, 

        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, 

        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 

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

Shuhei Tateyama and Mayumi Nakamura -Father-Daughter Exhibition- / Miyazaki Yamakataya Art Gallery, 

Toshiaki Nakamura and Mayumi Nakamura Exhibition / solid green, Miyazaki

        Sake Bottles and Cups in Autumn / Memorys Gallery Kei, Tokyo

2017    2017 MITSUKOSHI ART RESORT / Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo

Wonder Art Space / Miyazaki Art Center, Miyazaki

Shuhei Tateyama and Mayumi Nakamura Exhibition - Memory of Aoshima and the Sky - / JR Tokai Takashimaya Art Gallery, Aichi

2018    2018 Taiwan-Japan Artist Exhibition NANA (Traveling Exhibition at 7 cities in Taiwan)

        Sake Bottles and Cups in Spring III / Memorys Gallery Kei, Tokyo 

        Keiko Sorachi and Mayumi Nakamura Exhibition - Language of Flowers - / Kagoshima Airport Gallery, Kagoshima 

2020    Shuhei Tateyama and Mayumi Nakamura Exhibition – Japanese-style Paintings and Ceramics - / Kagoshima Airport 
Gallery, Kagoshima