International Ceramics Festival

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd July 2011

Shigemasa Higashida(Japan)

Shigemasa Higashida

Shigemasa Higashida was born in Kurahashichou, Akigun, Hiroshima, Japan. He received a BA from Shimonoseki Municipal University in 1978 and did a postgraduate course in ceramics at Gifu Prefectural Tajimi Technical High School. He set up his studio in Koganei-shi, Tokyo where he works predominantly in Shino (a milky-translucent ash/feldspar glaze) and Oribe (blue-green vitriol glazes) styles.

Shigemasa Higashida has been described as ‘an incomparable landscape artist’ working in ceramics; ‘Verdant green hills, deep blue waters flowing in dramatic swirling patterns – all are characteristics of his best work.’ He turned to ceramics after a brief but successful career as a stock trader at a major brokerage firm; Ceramic school and an apprenticeship with a master potter followed in the 1980s . On stage, he will demonstrate moulding the work using ‘Kurinuki’ (literally ‘dig out’) a technique which offers strong forms not achievable through throwing (himozukuri) or slab building (tatarazukuri). He will demonstrate his techniques in making flower vases and plates, and also tea bowls.

International Ceramics Festival

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Penglais, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, Wales (UK)
SY23 3DE

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