Keiko Masumoto was born and grew up in Tatsuno City, Japan. She studied Ceramic Art at BA and MA level at Kyoto City University of Art where she became especially interested bringing together traditional Japanese ceramic craft practice with fine art concepts. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobe and internationally in London and Seoul. Keiko exhibited at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art with a solo show developed for the Touch and Sense series, a hugely popular annual exhibition of sensual gallery experiences for blind and partially sighted people. Masumoto currently teaches ceramics at Kobe Design University, and has previously taught at the Ceramic Studio in Fumonsha, Kyoto.
Keiko’s highly skilled and critically challenging artwork as an emerging ceramics artist has been acknowledged by the Yamaguchi Citizens Cultural Festival Award 2006 (first prize), The Annual Exhibition of Kyoto City University of the Arts 2007 (Mayor’s Award for Graduate School); Tokyo Midtown Award Art Competition 2008 (Runner-up); Grand Prix Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009 (Curator’s Choice Award). In 2010, Keiko was the University of the Arts, Philadephia Artist in Residence.
Watch Keiko Masumoto practice ceramic techniques used in her Motif series to create sculptural work inspired by the pattern and shape from historical ceramics. Masumoto, known for her delicate hand-building and intricate painting skills of the traditional Japanese style is the current Toshiba Japanese Ceramics Resident at the V&A Museum, London. Masumoto will show how she is using V&A collections to inform her skilled contemporary works during her residency, demonstrating the process in stages.
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