Chieko Katsumata

Born 1950 in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Moved to France, 1973, began creating ceramic works. 

Returned to Japan, 1977 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.

Selected Works


Coral, 2015

H 37 x W 32 x D 32 cm

Shigaraki stoneware, Chamotte

Grey Coral, 2015

H 20 x W 32 x D 30 cm

Shigaraki Stoneware, Chamotte