1950 Born in Shizuoka Prefecture
1973 Moved to France, began creating ceramic works
1977 Returned to Japan to become an independent artist in Kyoto
Chieko Katsumata is inspired by vegetable and plant forms. Her hand pinched forms are fired many times with the outer layers of clay slip coloured with metallic dyes and pigments which she applies through gauze with a brush and multiple firings. In 2006 she was part of ‘Toji’ a major exhibition of Japanese Ceramics at the Sèvres Museum, Paris and in 2009 part of the all women artists exhibition ‘Touch Fire’ at Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts.