MAYUMI NAKAMURA, Cosmic No. 2, 2020

porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold

5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches




New Directions: Japanese Women Artists

November 14 - December 12, 2020

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. 


SKU: MN005

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  • 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)

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