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Mihara Ken

Mihara Ken
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Born 1958, Shimane Prefecture, Japan

MIHARA KEN's unique style is the culmination of a thoughtful dialogue between ceramist and clay. Using iron-rich clay and fire-resistant slip from his native Shimane prefecture, Mihara constructs each work through an organic creative process. His hand-formed works possess a strong linear quality while at the same time incorporating soft, delicate curves to create a unique combination of subtlety and solidity. Elegant shapes, often drawn from ancient forms or inspired by the tradition of origami, are fully sculptural and successful from every vantage point. With repeated firings at high temperatures, the surfaces of these vessels radiate subtle and soft colors ranging from deep gray to peach to misty white and purple. 

Mihara is able to convey in his vessels a confident design sense, a seriousness of purpose, sophisticated style and brilliance of execution. This creative genius has been widely recognized by Japanese critics as evidenced by the awarding of numerous prestigious prizes and grants.

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