■Scar Vessels @ SLOT
□SLOTにて個展

SLOT-1st Image-BLOGI am exhibiting my scar vessels and chair sculptures at SLOT window gallery in Alexandria in Sydney now.  Thank you for offering me the space, Tony Twigg the gallery owner and supporting and curating artist – Anie Nheu. I would like to share Anie’s words here.

Keiko Matsui’s installation of Scar Vessels series consists mostly of the porcelain pieces made in 2014 with the more recent chair series.  These pieces are minimal in form.  The variations that create their individuality are mostly in the way the porcelain sheets are folded and joined. 

They enclose the space they inhabit and turned to vessels to contain.  How these porcelain sheets meet dictate the forms they take.  Inspired by the art of Kintsugi, the junctures are left with their ‘mending’ traces.  Having them as an integral part of the identity of these forms, their appearance suggests bodies with healed scars.

The configuration of the familiar shapes found in the homes of the everyday conjures up intimate domestic setting. The use of scale in the ceramic chair with the ‘real’ chair provides a poetic narrative on the relationships amongst the assembled pieces.

This reminds me of Robert Therrien’s use of unusual scale in his re-creation of everyday objects as sculptures to strip the visual cue of their assigned functions. They are instead used as personal symbols to regenerate an emotional space of a childhood memory.  This is echoed in Keiko’s installation.

In this installation beauty is sought in the making, mending and in the arrangement. The creation of beauty in this space is controlled.  It is driven by the process of working with the intrinsic nature of the materials and an ‘innate knowing’ that has passed down through the generation.

Text by Anie Nheu

SLOTギャラリーで個展を開いています。24時間7日オープンですが、ウィンドウ・ギャラリーのため、作品は手にとって頂けませんが、限られた空間に存在するオブジェや器との会話を楽しんで頂けたらと思います。

SLOT window gallery

Address: 38 Botany Road, Alexandria, NSW

Date/Time: 24 h x 7 days, from 7th May until 7th June 2017

■Kintsugi demo as a part of Repair Fair @ ADC
□ADCのリペアーフェアにて金継ぎデモ

Kintsugi bowl by Keiko Matsui, Photo by Greg Piper.

[Image: Kintsugi bowl by Keiko Matsui, Photo by Greg Piper.]

I will be participating in Australian Design Centre‘s Repair Fair.

[A brilliant day to solve those DIY projects you’ve pushed to the back of the cupboard by connecting you with the skills or the experts. Save your objects from landfill and create a more sustainable future!

Arrive at 10am to submit your broken object or treasure to a panel of designers who will brainstorm creative transformations for you.With research investigator Niklavs Rubenis of ANU School of Art & Design, Sarah K from Supercyclers and design repairers Halie Rubenis and Trent Jansen.

Throughout the day, a range of repairers will showcase techniques with ceramics, textiles, jewellery, furniture and electronics, including textile designer Julie Paterson, jeweller Emily Copp and ceramicist Keiko Matsui. Staff from The Bower – Reuse & Repair Centre, Eveleigh Works, Gaffa Creative Precinct and City East Community College will share knowledge and advice about their workshops, repair services and demonstrations on re-using materials.] Text by ADC.

オーストラリアン・デザイン・センターのリペアーフェアーに参加します。お時間のある方は是非お越し下さい。

Australian Design Centre

Address: 101/113-115 William St, Darlinghurst NSW

Date/Time: 10am – 4pm, 6th May 2017

■Porcelain group exhibition in Canberra
□キャンベラにて磁器のグループ展

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[Image: Porcelain bowl with Kintsugi by Keiko Matsui, Photo by Greg Piper]

My first exhibition of 2017 is a 3 persons show at the Beaver Galleries in Canberra. I am  so honored to show my new body of work along with internationally acclaimed ceramicist Prue Venable, and Kenji Uranishi who’s famous for his meticulous architectural porcelain objects.

My new work is wheel thrown and hand-carved and hand-painted with cobalt. Some of the work is combined with Kintsugi and Maki-e technique which are traditional crafts skills in Japan. I appreciate you if you could visit the gallery to see our show.

今年最初の個展はキャンベラのビーバーギャラリーズでの三人展です。世界的に活躍されているプルー・ベナブル先生や、ブリスベンを拠点に活躍され、主に建築をテーマしたオブジェで有名な浦西健治さんと一緒に展示会が出来る事を大変光栄に思っています。

新作は日本の磁土を使った鉢で、金継ぎや蒔絵を取り込んだものとなっております。成形は轆轤、削りは全て手作業です。お時間が許せば是非、ギャラリーに足をお運び下さい。

Beaver Galleries

Address: 81 Denison St, Deakin ACT 2600

Date: 27th Apr until 14th May 2017

Opening hours:  Tue – Fri (10-5pm), Sat & Sun (9-5pm), closed on Mon

Gallery phone:  (02) 6282 5294

■New website & online shop OPEN!
□新ウェブサイト&オンラインショップ

keiko matsui graduation ceremony at national art school

Graduation ceremony at NAS, Sydndey.

The year of 2016 is my 10th year since I graduated from the National Art School in Sydney, Australia. To celebrate my milestones, I renewed my website and opened my online shop. I am 10 years older, (more grey hair+fat) I became a mother. I have my own studio with 3 kilns & 3 wheels. It was not easy journey until now, however, I truly appreciate to people who supported me and purchased and collected my pieces.

2016年はシドニーのナショナル・アート・スクールを卒業してから10年目の年です。初心に戻る気持ちもこめて、新しくウェブサイトをリニューアルし、同時にオンラインショップもオープンしました。10歳年をとり(白髪と脂肪増)母になり、自分の工房(窯3つとろくろ3台)を持つことができました。決して楽な道ではありませんでしたが、私を支えてくださった皆様、作品を買ってくださったお客様に心から感謝致します。どうぞこれからも宜しくお願い致します。

■’Lunar’ a solo exhibition in Sydney
□シドニーにて’月の’個展

[Full Moon Jar] 30 cm diameter, 32 cm height, wheel thrown stoneware, slip, oxide, glaze, lacquer, gold powder.I will be showing my latest work at Small Spaces in Redfern, Sydney.My new work is resonate with the MOON – the motif I have been fascinated and admired for a long time. I’ve tried to capture the shapes of the moon and eclipse in my functional vessels. This time, I challenged on-glaze firing(requires 3rd firings), as a matter of fact, I fired more than 3 times for many pieces in order to achieve the color & texture of the moon.The exhibition starts on 16th Nov, however, there’s an opening drinks with artist on Sunday 20th Nov. Please come and join us.

去年に引き続き、レッドファーンにあるスモール・スペースにて個展をする運びとなりました。今回はかねてから想い入れのある、そして毎日見上げている”月”をテーマに制作に挑みました。ムーンジャーを含む多くの作品は、月の満ち欠けのフォルムやテキスチャーを意識したものです。また、上絵釉薬の金や銀を用い、金継ぎの作品も展示させて頂いております。個展は16日から始まりますが、20日(日曜)にはレセプションとアーティストトークを行います。お時間のある方は是非お越し下さい。

Small Spaces

Address: 674 Burke St, Redfern, NSW, 2016

Date: 16th Nov until 27th Nov 2016

Opening hours: Wed-Sat 10:30am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am -3pm

Phone:  (02) 8399 3144 

Opening drinks/Artist Talk: Sunday 20st Nov, 12 noon – 3pm

■’Form & Function’ exhibition in Port Macquarie
□ポート・マックオーリーにて’フォルムと機能性’展

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[Image: Stitched porcelain bowls by Keiko Matsui. Photo by Greg Piper]

I am pleased to announce that my new stitched porcelain work is selected for a group exhibition “Form & Function: contemporary ceramics” at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery among with interesting works by Honor Freeman, Eloise Rankine and Brett Stone.

Each artist inspires the viewer to enquire and challenge traditional concepts of the ceramic medium through their work. With references to material culture and the everyday, a new perspective on form and function is explored within this exhibition.

私のステッチシリーズの新作が、ポート・マックオーリーにあるグラスハウス・ギャラリーのグループ展”現代陶芸のフォルムと機能性”に選ばれました。オナー・フリーマン、エローズ・ランキン、ブレッド・ストーンさんの作品と共に展示となります。

Grasshouse Regional Gallery (Port Macquarie)

Address: Glasshouse 32-40 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444

Date: 28th Oct until 4th Dec 2016

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am -4pm

Gallery phone: (02) 6581 8888

Admission is free

■A book ‘CLAY:contemporary ceramic artisans’ is published
□”クレイ”現代陶芸家の本が発売

clay_bookThe book “Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans” by Amber Creswell Bell is published from Thames & Hudson on 1st October 2016 and I am delighted to be included one of the 53 international ceramicists in this book.

Artists include:
Akio Nukaga, Akiko Hirai Collingwood, Alana Wilson, Alex Standen, Alison Fraser, Andrei Davidoff, Anna-Karina, Anna Lerinder, Ashraf Hanna, Brigitte Colleaux, Cecile Daladier, Claire Johnson, Dawn Vachon, Derek Wilson, Florian Gadsby, Frances Palmer, Georgia Harvey, Giselle Hicks, Guy Van Leemput, Hannah Lawrence, Holly MacDonald, Jeremy Simons (Slip Ceramics), Jessilla Rogers, Jono Smart, Julie Pennington, Katia Carletti, Keiko Matsui, Katie Jacobs, Kira Ni, Linda Lopez, Lucile Sciallano, Lynda Draper, Madeleine Preston, Maria de Haan, Maryam Riazi, Milly Dent, Mizuyo Yamashita, Rachel Boxnboim, Ruby Pilven, Sean Gerstley, Sophie Harle, Sophie Moran, Steen Ipsen, Susan Robey, Stine Dulong, Tania Rollond, Tara Burke, Térèse Lebrun, Tessy King, Tracy Muirhead, Ulrica Trulsson, Valerie Restarick, Vipoo Srivilasa.

To celebrate the book launch, there’s a book launch party as well as exhibition at the gallery Saint Cloche in Paddington.

アンバー・クレスウェル・ベル氏著の”クレイ:現代陶芸家”の本が発売になり、幸運にも世界中の現代陶芸家53人の中に私も選んで頂きました。出版記念パーティーも兼ね、掲載作家のグループ展がパディントンのセント・クロシェ・ギャラリーで催されます。

Saint Cloche

Address: 37 MacDonald St, Paddington NSW Australia 2021

Date: 20th Oct until 23rd Oct 2016

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10am-5pm

Gallery phone: 0434 274 251

Opening drinks: 20th Oct 6-8pm

■Functional Objects: Exhibition in Sydney
□シドニーにて’用途のあるオブジェ’展

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[House/Vase by Keiko Matsui, Photo by Greg Piper]

A new body of work will be exhibited at Small Spaces in Redfern from 9th September until 30st September 2015. “Functional Objects” is playing with functionality within sculptural objects.

I will be showing three different types of work to explore the possibilities of clay and search for functionality in a sculptural aspect. Artist talk from 2pm on Sunday 13th September at Small Spaces as a part of Sydney Contemporary event.

新作の個展-”用途のあるオブジェ”展が、9月9日から30日までレッドファーンのスモールスペースにて行われます。オブジェであり、花器である三種類の異なった作品を披露します。アーティスト・トークは9月13日にシドニー。コンテンポラリーのアートフェアーのイベントの一環で行われる予定です。是非お越し下さい。

Small Spaces

Address: 674 Burke St, Redfern, NSW, 2016

Date: 9th Nov until 27th Nov 2016

Opening hours: Tues -Sat (10:30 – 5pm), Sun (12 – 3pm), Mon (Closed)

Gallery phone:  (02) 8399 3144 

Opening drinks/Artist Talk: Sunday 13th Sep, 12 noon – 3pm

■Workshop in Glebe & Umina
□グリーブとユマイナにてワークショップ

I held another workshop in July as there were many requests from other people who missed my workshop in April. First time ever, I held my workshop at my studio in Umina Beach in addition to the one at Yuga Design Cafe & gallery in Glebe. Here’s some photos to share from my workshops. Beautiful smiles and interesting works of students. A BIG thank you for your participation.

My workshop is only held once or twice a year and it is filled up instantly once I sent Newsletter to my subscribers. If you don’t want to miss it out, join my mailing list from contact page.