Eri Sugimoto



Eri Sugimoto

About The Artist

Lake Forest, CA
Ceramics • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS

I was born and raised in Japan. I met the world of clay and started with hand-building pottery at a studio while working as an industrial designer in Tokyo. I moved to the United States and started to learn wheel throwing. Since then, I have been enjoying exploring and challenging my creativity in my studio. In my work I use the paper-resist technique. I am always seeking an infinite variety of combinations of clay and slip that will make the pattern look as beautiful as possible.



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Tell us how your work is made.

In my ceramic work, I mainly use the paper-resist technique. I create distinct patterns for each piece by hand-cutting paper. Then, I lay out the paper patterns to be unique and dynamic using the ceramic body of the piece as a canvas. After applying the original slip or glaze-slip (which I make) on it, I peel off the patterns. The work is carefully cleaned repeatedly before being fired in a kiln.


What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I am always seeking an infinite variety of combinations of clay and slip that will make the pattern look as beautiful as possible. I am also attempting to make two-dimensional patterns look three-dimensional through the placement of the design on the organic surface.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

The techniques of asymmetry and dynamic composition in my work. The combination of the one of a kind pattern and the beautiful things that happened in kiln by chance.