MAYUMI NAKAMURA, Hinotori, 2020
porcelain, glaze, pigment, gold
4.3 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
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 email@example.com to make an appointment to view the show in person and for further details.
MAYUMI NAKAMURA, 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.
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
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
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)