Shoko Koike

Her work can be found in some of the world’s most important collections

As Japan’s premier female ceramist, Koike Shoko (1943–) has based her remarkable oeuvre on oceanic forms. The strength and breathtaking gentility of sea mollusks is instantly apparent in her sculptures, which are formed from Shigaraki clay and tinted iron oxide glazes. Koike too often highlights her shell-like creations with metallic highlights, which give the immersive impression of true sea-dwelling shapes.

As one of the first female graduates from the prestigious ceramics department of the Tokyo National University Of Fine Arts And Music, Shoko has forged an almost unheard of path in her home nation, having risen to international acclaim. Her work can be found in some of the world’s most important collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

SHELL FORM N°16

Ceramic

H 20 x 28 x 27 cm
H 8 x 11 x 10 ½ inches

WATER FORM N°4

Ceramic

H 11 x 44 x 44 cm
H 4 ¼ x 17 ¼ x 17 ¼ inches

WATER FORM I

Ceramic

H 19 x 32 x 30 cm
H 7 ½ x 12 ½ x 12 in.

WHITE SHELL IV n°7

Ceramic

H 26 x W 48 x D 48 cm
H 10,24 x W 18,9 x D 18,9 inches

WHITE FORM III n°8

Ceramic

H 13 x W 17 x D 17 cm
H 5 x W 7 x D 7 inches

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