When it comes to ceramics, they are one of the oldest forms of human craftsmanship. There are very few creations that go beyond traditional ceramics, and often, new creations are unveiled as a copy of traditional art. Whether this art is used for decoration or for something practical, the average artist can never go beyond this design tradition and make a small or modification.
However, in this industry, Keiko Masumoto is a Japanese artist who graduated from Ceramic Master’s Course in Kyoto City University of Arts, has made interesting ceramic creations that transcend traditional works. Many of her designs have changed from the usual tradition and can also be referred to as handicrafts, including utilitarian ceramic designs. She has presented her creations as solo and group at several exhibitions in different countries, and won Runner-up at the Tokyo Midtown Award Art Competition as well as the First Prize in the Citizen’s Culture Festival Yamaguchi that was sponsored by Ministry of Education & Science.
She specified that the both categories of fine arts and crafts have existed in Japan for a long time, but for many today the boundaries between them are unclear. Masumoto further says “what spurred me to create this series of works was the idea that they might generate some insight, if I featured in an intriguing way, works that are situated on that ambiguous boundary”