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Conversation: Hosono Hitomi and Yamaguchi Mio on Radical Clay

Sat, Mar 23 | 2:00–3:00



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A side-by-side composite image of two ceramic sculptures. At left is a green-blue accumulation of knobby bits of clay molded into the general shape of an upside-down cone. At left is a coaster-like disk in off white with a finely crafted texture that suggests a dense canopy of trees.

Left: Yamaguchi Mio. Shura, 2020. Carol & Jeffrey Horvitz Collection of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Right: Hosono Hitomi. A Very Large Pine Tree Pool, 2019. Scottish National Museum. © 2023 Hitomi Hosono

Join curator Janice Katz and catalogue editor Joe Earle for a conversation on Radical Clay: Contemporary Women Artists from Japan with ceramicists Hosono Hitomi and Yamaguchi Mio.

Hosono Hitomi (b.1978) has built a career crafting complex botanical sculptures that recreate dense foliage in molded porcelain. Yamaguchi Mio (b.1992) mimics nature’s repetitions, pleating and folding clay to evoke a world that is almost aquatic. Both artists present striking perspectives on ceramics, globally and in Japan. Hear about their creative processes, techniques, inspiration, and thoughts on the current and future state of clay art in this exciting conversation.

This talk is presented in partnership with the Society for Contemporary Art and is generously supported by the Carol Given Winston Fund.

About the Speakers


Hosono Hitomi was born in 1978 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. She studied Kutani pottery at the Kanazawa College of Art between 1998 and 2002 and received a MA in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of London in 2009. She was an artist in residence at Wedgwood from 2017–2018.

Image courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London. Photography by Sylvain Deleu.


Yamaguchi Mio was born in 1992 in Aichi, Japan, and graduated from Aichi University of Education. Since 2020, she has been studying ceramics at the Ishoken Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center.

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