Ceramic by KOJI AOKI
In 1969, born in Tokyo. In 1992, entered a general trading company and was in charge of responsibility for screening at legal department after graduating Waseda university. In 1997, quitted the company and started making the pottery by self-learned. In 1999, got a prize in ZENTEN Exhibition and in Kamakura Art exhibition. After 2000, organizing workshop of pottery. Held one-man exhibition approximate 2 -3 times per year. In 2007, got a prize for 2 pieces at the contest of flower base in 20th exhibition of Modern Ceramic. In 2009, held one-man exhibition in the gallery ‘LA RONDE D’ARGILE’ at Kagurazaka in Tokyo. In 2011, participated in “MAMEZARA1000” project. Sent his works to the exhibition of ‘Meshiwan(Rice bowl)’ of Mitsukoshi department store at Ginza and exhibition of ‘DESIGNTIDE’ of Isetan department store at Shinjuku. In 2012, sent his works to the exhibition of ‘MAISON &OBJET’ at Paris in France. Sent his works to the exhibition of ‘Chabako(Tea box) and another exhibition of ‘Heart’ at Mitsukoshi department at Ginza. Sent his works to the gallery of MAMEZARA1000 in the exhibition, ‘The Vallauris International Bienale of Contemporary Ceramics’ In 2013, sent his works to the exhibition of ‘MAISON &OBJET’ at Paris in France, and delivered his works to the select shop “De la luce” at Montpellier in France and to the museum shop of Rietberg Museum in Switzerland. In 2014, sent his works to the exhibition “100 Lion Café” of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store.
About Studio bacca
In this atelier that he opened 8 years ago at Gokurakuji in Kanagawa, he produces the pottery whose form is so gentle by hand building and whose color is so original by the combination of plural glazes.
Particular thought and expectation toward the products
He kneads the clay, creates the form, and fires it. The fired wares are arranged with the flowers, served with the delicious foods, or poured with the alcohol. They are appreciated every day and given a new life. Those wares also give some comfortable feeling to the people using them. Touching the clay, creating the form, and finally using it, this is to get the blessing of nature and to feel the energy in the daily life. He often thinks about the work of firing. Once the clay is fired, it cannot be back to the original clay. His work is to create the wares which can never come back to the nature situation. So he feels the vocation to create each his works with his whole heart. When he kneads the clay, he thinks of the journey before it arrived at him. It was piled up for a long time and it waked up from a long sleep after being dug up, and finally it is in his hands at present. The fortune of the clay depends on his hands. In order to survive our daily life, it cannot help obtaining the nature. So he thinks that he has to consider the meaning of obtaining the nature, the method of returning a favor, and its influence. He thinks that the people including him are insufficient to consider how their acts would influence in the future. He tries to consider it through the process of firing the clay.

His style of pottery
He produces the pottery by hand building. So he cannot make a large quantity of products like the productions by the electric lathe device or those by the plaster mold . It is necessary of using a lot of times and troubles to create his works. Regarding most of his works, he makes the form in his hands as a first step and he changes it thinner, lighter, and more convenient to be used in carving whole parts like inside, outside , and the bottom after making it while it is still damp. Even when he sizes the clay by utilizing some shape of the stainless steel bowls and the flying pan in the kitchen, he makes his original form by his hands after taking it from the kitchen stuff. He likes to touch the clay in spreading little by little into his hands and creating the gentle form by shaving it. He has never changed Hand building, the earliest forming method.
Characteristic of the products
The wares can be constructed by his hands which expand the clay like magic without using any machine. The wares are perfected very thin and feathery products after shaving the clay many times for inside and outside parts. What a beautiful form the wares are and we cannot believe that they are made by hand building. What a brilliant color they are and we are impressed so much. The combination of form and color are so effective. His products go with any style, Japanese, European, and American one and we can arrange foods, flowers and anything on or in them.
About colors
The colors of the wares that he created have each unique name. He named all his products Japanese words with his feeling on the basis of the traditional name which has existed for a long time and the coinages. For example, he named the mat turquoise blue in his products “ KONPARU”. This name was inspired from the name of color of Kimono which was popular among Geisha of Shinbashi, Tokyo. The color was bright blue with greenish tone. The color was called Shinbashi-color or Konparu-color after the name of the town or the street. Regarding the mat light green, he names “WASABI” to image the vivid and refreshing color of wasabi which is arranged with Sushi and Sashimi. With regard to the mat dark green, he names “CHITOSE MIDORI” that describes the color of dark and deep pine needles which has existed more than 1000 years.


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