Noriko Masuda (Oct 14+15)
Born in Japan, Noriko Masuda has spent most of her life in Canada. After studying studio pottery independently through various workshops in Canada and the Australian National University, she travelled to Stoke-on-Trent, UK to study ceramic design at Staffordshire University, from which she received an MA in 2013. While in the heart of the UK pottery industry, she started to take a greater interest in the balancing and combining of fine craft and industrial ceramics. Currently, Noriko lives in Medicine Hat, where she works as Studio Coordinator at the Medalta International Artists in Residence, where she is lucky enough to have a studio as well.
I aim to create aesthetically clean, unobtrusive objects that blend perfectly into their function and can be used almost without thinking. This is not to say that I don’t have a sense of humour when it comes to my work; I like to break up the simplicity with quirky pieces that, hopefully, can bring a smile to the user. My simple aesthetics have always been informed by my Japanese-Canadian upbringing. My training in England has not only added another layer of influence to my designs, but has changed my making process considerably. Most of my current work is slip-cast. I design and create all aspects of my work, from the model and mould to the final piece, using traditional equipment and methods as well as modern computer-aided technologies. Though my work is created with methods originally created for industry, each piece receives considerable hands on attention and thus has slight differences and its own individuality.