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Momoko Usami

September 06, 2018

Momoko Usami creates beautifully crafted ceramics that straddle the line between functional and fine art.

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Ceramicist Momoko Usami

Enchanting. That’s the word I would use to describe ceramicist Momoko Usami’s work. I first discovered Momoko’s art at Wonderfair, a store in Lawrence, Kansas. I was delighted by the pieces and fascinated by the stories that decorated each piece.

Momoko, herself, is also enchanting. Her studio and house reside in the Missouri countryside. And from her studio window you see nothing but fields, trees and sky. It’s a view that encourages daydreaming – not just for Momoko, but also for her students. Momoko has opened her studio as a community space. Dubbed the Art Farm, Momoko uses her talent as an opportunity to teach locals not only how to work with clay, but also about her own Japanese culture. Eating Japanese noodles out of a ceramic bowl that I made myself? That is an experience I would definitely sign up for.

In this episode:

  • Momoko Usami: Dive into Momoko’s world of sculpture, functional pieces and more!
  • MOMOTime: Momoko sells a selection of her work on Etsy.
  • @momoumomo: Follow along with Momoko’s creative process on her Instagram account.
  • Lillstreet Gallery: The Chicago gallery that hosted Momoko for a two-year residency.
  • Mitate: A Japanese art concept that Momoko applies to her work.
  • Doraemon: This Doraemon clip features the Dokodemo Door that Momoko mentions.
  • Kintsugi: The Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold.
  • Emaki: is a horizontal, illustrated narrative form that combines both text and pictures, and is drawn, painted, or stamped on a handscroll.

If you liked this episode, check out our interview with ceramicist Meredith Host.

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