Shoko Koike

There is a clear juxtaposition of strength and breath-taking gentility in her sculptures

As Japan’s premiere female ceramist, Koike Shoko (1943–) has based her remarkable oeuvres on oceanic forms. There is a clear juxtaposition of strength and breath-taking gentility in her sculptures. The organic structures are instantly apparent in her sculptures, which are formed from Shigaraki ware and tinted iron oxide glazes. Koike often highlights her shell-like creations with metallic highlights, which give the impression of underwater reflections creating an atmosphere of tranquillity.

As one of the first female graduates from the prestigious ceramics department of the Tokyo National University Of Fine Arts And Music, Shoko has pioneered a path in her home nation, having risen to international acclaim, inspiring other women to do the same. 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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