five story pagoda / pot and more.

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    Photo: Ito Testuo

On display in this exhibition space are a total of 13 ceramic works, including one new item and two installation pieces.
When looking closely at the individual pots and jars, they seem to be integrating manmade designs and organic shapes borrowed from flora and fauna. A flock of geese lifting off, a five-storied pagoda, a cherry tree, a melon, a squid... It is a rather absurd mix of motifs that are intricately tanged in the traditional vessels and the pictures painted on them.
Having studied pottery and mastered traditional techniques, the artist pursues in her work the creation of alluring shapes and charming combinations. Even though their lucid appearance reveals their ceramic material quality in one glance, these objects are characterized by a never-before-seen mixture of uniqueness and humorousness.


  • Born 1982 in Hyogo, Japan
  • Based in Shiga, Japan

Masumoto Keiko graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with a master's degree in ceramics. Familiar with the Japanese tea ceremony since childhood, she developed an interest in purely decorative tools with no practical purpose and began to create ceramics in forms that dismantle the hierarchical relationship between the tool itself and the motifs that decorate it. In Sparrows/Plate set, the sparrows fly off the dishes on which they were painted; Pot/Tunnel features cars with lit headlights traversing a tunnel bored through the center of a pot. For Haniwa Pot(Warrior), surface ornamentation and essential function are turned upside-down when a haniwa figurine decorative motif is molded into the shape of the pot itself Masumoto works with long-established traditional techniques, while simultaneously transcending existing frameworks with her flexible, contemporary ideas. Her uninhibited imaginative power is sustained by her masterful craftsmanship.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Ascending Art Annual Vol.2, Matsuri, Matsuru, Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Art Fair Tokyo 2017, Gallery Murakoshi, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Hyogo Arts Promotion Award, Hyogo, Japan
2009 Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009, Tokyo, Japan, 3D / Installation Works Section, Grand Prize


Nagoya City Art Museum


2-17-25, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008 JAPAN


Admission until
30 minutes
before closing


Mondays (Except for National Holidays), Sep.17[Tue]


・8 minutes on foot from Fushimi Station on the Higashiyama Line or Tsurumai Line
・7 minutes on foot from Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai Line
・10 minutes on foot from Yabasho Station on the Meijo Line