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Yoko Terai
Elusive Beauty II
Nov. 25 - Dec. 30, 2005

See more of this artist's work:  2004 show, 2005 show,  2007 show,  2009 show

 


Yoko Terai 寺井陽子  


Touching Stone Gallery is proud to host another exhibition of work of ceramic artist Yoko Terai, noted for her graceful, sensitive, and highly original forms that have gained critical acclaim in Japan.

Yoko Terai (b. 1972), one of the brightest talents among young contemporary Japanese ceramic artists, received her fine art degree from the Department of Ceramic of the Kyoto City University of Arts, where renowned ceramic artist Osamu Suzuki once taught. Inspired by Suzuki's ground-breaking work, Terai devoted herself to finding her personal style. Her graduation work received the Mayor of Kyoto Prize, an honor claimed by few artists of her age. After graduating in 1995, Terai sought apprenticeship under ceramist Nobuo Nojima in Uji City. Her mentor quickly recognized her talents and potential, and encouraged the young artist to pursue an independent career as a full-time artist.

Terai is fascinated by seeing beauty in things ordinary, a gift she inherited from her artist mother and architect father. She also has an uncommon ability to capture such beauty with grace and sensitivity, and allow her audience to share her vision. She approaches ceramic from an artist’s angle, using clay as a means to turn her aesthetic visions into forms. Her approach is thus quite different from many other Japanese ceramists who build careers along traditional pottery styles. Not having to conform to traditions gives Terai complete freedom to explore and create her uniquely personal style.

Terai rarely uses the potter’s wheel (another departure from traditions). Instead, she starts with drawings of conceptual designs, and builds most of her pieces by hands. Functionality seems incidental in her work. When she is satisfied with the general designs, she just set her hands free to mold the curves and surfaces into their final forms as if guided by instinct. The resulting pieces are defined by graceful curves that seem to flow delicately between positive and negative spaces, revealing the essence of the forms as one’s eyes follow the lines. The flowing forms are barely covered by shades of pale monochromatic tones, achieved by applying a thin glaze made from titanium oxide crystals. Overall, the gentle delicate forms, smooth texture and airy hues evoke a noble, unmistakably feminine, sensuous feel.

When installing an exhibition, Yoko Terai pays great attention to the spatial relationship between the individual showpieces and surrounding space. Since 1997, Terai has exhibited extensively in Japan, receiving many awards. Her work was first shown in America at Touching Stone Gallery in 2004. The current show includes three dozen new pieces that exemplify the exquisite grace and sensitivity of this gifted artist.

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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #5
19.5" x 12.5" x 8.5"H  (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #2
14"H x 10" x 9" (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #1
26"L x 4.5" x 1.5"  (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #3
25"L x 4.5" x 2"   (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #4
26"L x 4" x 2"   (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #16
11" x 3.5" x 1.5"H
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #19
11" x 3.5" x 1.5"H


 
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #9
8"H" x 4.5" x 4"
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #10
 9"H" x 2.5" x 2.5"
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #11
15"H" x 5" x 4.5"
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #12
 17"H" x 4" x 3.5" 
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #13
11" x 9" x 6.5"H (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #15
9.5"H" x 5.5" x 4.5" (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #14
12"H x 6" x 4" (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #8
7.5" x 6" x 5.5"H (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #6
19"L" x 6.5" x 3.5" (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #22
15"L x 5.5" x 3.5" (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #21
13.5"L x 4.5" x 2.5" (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #7
 7.5"L x 5.5" x 3" (2 views)
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #38
4.5"H x 2.75" x 2.5" (2 views)



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Elusive Beauty  ceramic forms #17 & #18
9"L x 3" x 2.5"; 7"L x 3" x 1.5"
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #20 (2-pc set)
7.5"L x 3" x 1",  5.5"L x 2" x 1"



 
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #23
5"H x 5.5" x 3.5"
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Elusive Beauty  ceramic form #28
4"H x 6" x 3.5" 
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Ceramic water droppers   #24,  #25, #26, #27
 1.5" - 2.5"H
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   Hanging Vase Forms #30,  #31
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  Hanging Vase Form #32
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   Hanging Vase Form #34
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  Hanging Vase Form #35
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  Hanging Vase Form #36
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  Hanging Vase Form #37
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Chronology & Exhibitions
1972  Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
1995  Graduated from the Department of Ceramic, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan
1997  Solo show, Gallery Beni, Kyoto, Japan
1998  Group show, Gallery Nishikawa, Kyoto, Japan
1999  Solo show, Tor Gallery, Kobe, Japan
         Group show, Kintetsu Department store, Osaka, Japan
         Group show, Gallery Mitsuhashi, Kyoto, Japan
2000  Solo show, Gallery Utsuwa-kan, Kyoto, Japan
         Group show, Gallery Hanjun Plaza, Soel, Korea
2001  Solo show, Tor Gallery, Kobe, Japan
         Solo show, Hankyu Department Store, Kobe, Japan
2002  Solo show, Gallery Ceramika, Tokyo/Sapporo, Japan
         Solo show, Gallery Utsuwa-kan, Kyoto, Japan
         Solo show, Gallery Yamaki Bijutsu, Osaka, Japan
2003  Group show, Meitetsu Department Store, Nagoya, Japan
         Group show, Gion Konishi, Kyoto, Japan
         Solo show, Hankyu Department Store, Osaka, Japan
         Group show, Gallery Hanare, Hyogo, Japan
2004  Solo show, Gallery Utsuwa-kan, Kyoto, Japan
         Solo show, Gallery Kukansha Shirako, Tokyo, Japan
         Solo show, Gallery Yamaki Bijutsu, Osaka, Japan
         Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2005  Solo show, Savoir Vivre, Tokyo, Japan
         Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Awards
1994  Selected for the Second Men-Bachi Grand Prize
1995  Mayor of Kyoto Prize
         Excellence Award, the Second Hana-no Sumika Grand Prize
1996  Selected for the Seventh Itami Craft Exhibition
1997  Selected for the Fourth Kyoto Craft Exhibition
1998  Selected for the 1998 International Craft Exhibition, Itami
         Miura Prize, the Fourth Sake Cup Exhibition
1999  Selected for the 1999 Craft National, Sapporo
2001  Selected for the 19th Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition
         Selected for the 2001 World Craft Competition, Kanazawa