Biography

Having first created ceramics as a teenager, within ten years, Kino Satoshi was already given his first museum solo exhibition at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan. Originally interested in pursuing a career as a stone sculptor, upon entering Kyoto Seika University and encountering the powerful sculptural ceramics of Nishida Jun (1977-2005) in a retrospective exhibition, Kino decided to major in ceramics. Inspired by Nishida’s powerful large and dense forms, he initially attempted to follow in that sculptural perspective but soon realized this did not suit his own aesthetic sensibility. 

Fascinated by the potential of fired porcelain to become like stone when polished, Kino chose to focus on porcelain. His sculptures resemble long, billowing ribbons of celadon-glazed porcelain. First throwing a spherical band on the wheel, rather than mold-casting, Kino then severs this tapered band into segments. Using the centrifugal force of the wheel, he manually transforms these thin, attenuated, sections into flowing works of art. After drying, he thoroughly sands the entire work prior to bisque firing. Then, before the final firing, he applies translucent bluish-white (seihakuji) glaze with a compressor before firing in a reduction atmosphere. The artist credits his unique process as enabling works to be integrated into the surrounding space, as he is inspired by nature, particularly the phases of the moon.