Born 1954, Kyoto, Japan
Descended from an illustrious line of Kyoto ceramists dating back to the 18th century, Kiyomizu Rokubey VIII is celebrated for his highly unique vessels and sculptural forms covered with either a near-black matte glaze or a lustrous pearly white glaze. His architectural background is evident in his structured works that are characterized by their hollow geometric forms. After carefully designing and testing each new shape, he creates bold and sharply angled forms that are often faceted. These slab-built architectural ceramic creations stand apart from the work of any other clay artist.