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Oya Masayoshi

Oya Masayoshi Ceramicist
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The meeting of two cultures

  • • Masayoshi discovered ceramics by chance
  • • His intrigue for its culture led him to Sweden
  • • His artworks are influenced by his Japanese roots

Masayoshi Oya is a ceramicist from Japan who lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden. His ceramic creations combine Japanese and Swedish culture and design traditions. “I wanted to expand my artistic personality and that is why I came here, I see that my expression becomes broader when I work between two cultures,” he says. His tableware and objects are sought after for their aesthetics, both playful and colourful with his signature use of graphic glazing. He runs his own studio where he handmakes shapes on the potter’s wheel mainly in white porcelain clay. Often his shapes take the form of cylinders and plates of different sizes. The white clay is his canvas on which he hand paints graphic patterns or experiments with stained colour.

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Works

  • © Masayoshi Oya
  • © Masayoshi Oya
  • © Masayoshi Oya
  • © Masayoshi Oya
  • © Masayoshi Oya
Photo: © Masayoshi Oya
Afterglow

The Afterglow stoneware vessel was turned on the lathe and glazed by reduction firing to express the Japanese aesthetics precept wabi-sabi.

Diameter 25 cm
Height 15 cm

Oya Masayoshi Ceramicist
Photo: © Masayoshi Oya
Anemone Hepatica

The Anemone Hepatica sake cup was inspired by and named after a flower native to the woodlands of the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

Diameter 6 cm
Height 8 cm

Oya Masayoshi Ceramicist
Photo: © Masayoshi Oya
Anemone Hepatica

The Anemone Hepatica sake cup was inspired by and named after a flower native to the woodlands of the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

Diameter 6 cm
Height 11 cm

Oya Masayoshi Ceramicist
Photo: © Masayoshi Oya
Kerfuffle

It took Oya two years to create the perfect light pink that would rightly express his inspiration for this set of plates, which is the traditional Japanese landscape paintings and its vibrant colours.

Diameter 12 cm
Height 1.5 cm
Diameter 21.5 cm
Height 1.5 cm

Oya Masayoshi Ceramicist
Photo: © Masayoshi Oya
Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape was created for an exhibition themed around Swedish landscapes. This porcelain plate was turned on the lathe and incorporates a glaze which express the coldness and darkness of Swedish winters.

Diameter 35 cm
Height 5.5 cm

Oya Masayoshi Ceramicist

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