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Aya Murata

Aya Murata (b.1979, Kyoto) uses “Nerikomi” technique (patterns made by layering and kneading threads of coloured clay) to transform clays into tentacle-like organic shapes similar to flowers, plants and corals. Murata intends to visualize the charm of life, with such colours and patterns expressing “lust,” “jealousy,” “envy,” and “aspiration” that can be both poison and nourishment for human growth. 

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1979  Born in Kyoto

2000  Graduated from Kyoto College of Art

2003

-2004  Kyoto Prefectural Higher Technical Institute of Ceramic Work  

 

<Solo exhibitions>

 

2004  A Defense Measure, Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto,Japan    

2005  Octopus Garden, Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto,Japan  

2007  Cordyceps, Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto,Japan  

2011  Plant of the Deep Sea, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei,Taiwan

2012  Tou - The Garden of Colours, INAX Garalia Ceramica, Tokyo, Japan     

     Metastasize, SILVER SHELL Gallery, Tokyo, Japan     

2013  Aya Murata Solo Exhibition, Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto, Japan     

     Aya Murata Solo Exhibition, GALLERY SAIHODO, Tokyo, Japan     

     Aya Murata Solo Exhibition, Der-Horng Art Gallery, Tainan,Taiwan

2016  Aya Murata Solo Exhibition, Gallery UTUWA-KAN, Kyoto, Japan

2017  Aya Murata Solo Exhibition, Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto, Japan ​

<Public Collections> ​

Tainan National University of the Art [Taiwan]

Incheon World Ceramic Center [Korea]

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum [Taiwan]

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park [Japan]

Archie Bray Foundation [USA]  

<Honors >​

2007  Kobe Biennale’07 Contemporary Ceramic Competition, /selected/   

     Kobe Meriken Park, /(Japan)

2008  8th International Ceramic Competition Mino,/selected/ Ceramic Park Mino, Gifu-pref. /(Japan)   

     Itami International Craft Exhibition, /selected/The Museum of Arts& Crafts Itami,     Hyogo-pref. /(Japan)                     Kyoto Handicraft Biennale, /selected/ The Museum of Kyoto /(Japan)

2009  World Ceramic Biennale 2009 KOREA,/selected/ Incheon World Ceramic Center, Incheon/(Korea)      

2011  9th International Ceramic Competition Mino,/selected/ Ceramic Park Mino, Gifu-pref./(Japan)  

2012  Kyoto Handicraft Biennale, /selected/The Museum of Kyoto/(Japan)

2014  10th International Ceramic Competition Mino, /selected/     

     Ceramic Park Mino, Gifu-pref./(Japan)

2015  A new star selection exhibition, /selected The Museum of Kyoto/(Japan)

2018  A new star selection exhibition, /Media Award/ The Museum of Kyoto/(Japan)  

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