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Hiroko Mita

b. 1971, Japan

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ARTIST BIO


Hiroko Mita’s pottery journey began at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios (JBCS) in 2006. She was introduced to a pottery class that was conducted by Master Potter Iskandar Jalil when she was a Japanese docent at the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. From 2007 to 2011, she trained at his studio at the Malay Heritage Centre and subsequently at Temasek Potters before continuing her pottery practice at JBCS in 2012.

Hiroko’s works are inspired by nature, music and the people around her reflecting influences of Japanese culture, her study of fine art and graphic design in Japan (1986-1991) and America (1991-1994), as well as life in Singapore since 1996.

The pieces she creates, in various forms and shapes, both functional and non-functional, are fired till 1300°C in the gas kiln. She uses local clay as slip and glaze on her work, or ash from Guan Huat Dragon Kiln – one of the last two remaining dragon kilns in Singapore where JBCS is located – for her ash glaze recipe, to convey her respect to the people, and the land of Singapore where she has lived for 20 years.

Since 2005, Hiroko has been teaching art at Waseda Shibuya Senior High School Singapore.
In 2015, she was appointed by ROHEI Corporation as an instructor specializing in their Artisan Series where she aligns pottery to clients’ objectives and goals. Some of the organizations she has served in this series include OCBC, Berkshire Hathaway and Nanyang Technological University.

Hiroko was recommended to be a member of the Ceramic Art Foundation, Japan in 2016. She is married to a Chinese Singaporean. They have three children: two sons and one daughter.


ARTIST STATEMENT
About The Line Series – ‘Unity and Harmony’
The intricate spiral strand of clay symbolizes each individuals corporation and organization. All are unique with different background, race, religion and culture. Each strand adds their strength to the whole and together they ascend to greater heights or various shapes in unison with positive energy. Performing like an orchestra. Each instrument has different sound and character.  On their own they produce beautiful music. When combined in tandem they become a masterpiece dynamic and magnificent.

 

EDUCATION

2006 to 2012     Pottery lessons under Mr. Iskandar Jalil, Singapore
1992-94            Southern Illinois University, USA, Graphic Design
1990-91            Joshibi University of Art and Design Junior College, Tokyo, Japan
1987-90            Joshibi High school of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan



EXHIBITIONS

Group Exhibitions

2016   Singapore Contemporary 2017, with Maya Gallery
          ‘Qi @ art’ Sculpture & Installation Art Show, Telok Kurau Studios Gallery
          17th Japan Ceramic Art Foundation, The National Art Center Tokyo, Japan
          (Recommended as a member of Ceramic Art Foundation, Japan)
2015   16th Japan Ceramic Art Foundation, The National Art Center Tokyo, Japan
          Temasek Potters ‘Balance In Imperfection’, Japan Creative Centre, Singapore
          Tribute to Local Clay, with Maya Gallery, at Immagini Art Gallery, Singapore
2013   Jalan Bahar Clay Studios Gallery, joint exhibition with JBCS Gallery
          Iskandar Jalil Ceramics Exhibition – A lifelong Passion for his craft and his teaching, Japan
          Creative Centre
          Firing a passion: History and Pottery Practices in Singapore, NTU Museum
2011   Raw Interpretations, joint exhibition with Temasek Potters Studio, Art-2 Gallery
          7th Ngee Ann 3D Art Exhibition, The Ngee Ann Kongsi
2008   Inspirations from Kampung Gelam, Malay Heritage Centre


COMMISSIONED WORK

2016    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore
2015    National Arts Council, SG50 Arts Patron Award
2011    National Heritage Board, Patron of the Year Award


COMMISSIONED GROUP PROJECTS

2016 – 2017    Ceramic mural wall for Church of Our Saviour Singapore
2016             Ceramic mural wall for Nanyang Technological University,
                    Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine’s Experimental Medicine Building


COLLECTION

Rohei Corporation Pte Ltd


TEACHING

Waseda Shibuya Senior High School Singapore (2005-present)



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