Grant Akiyama

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Grant Akiyama is a maker working and living in Tulsa, OK. After studying abroad and in the states, he now teaches workshops locally in addition to researching glaze and clay formulation for studios and companies. He approaches making as an opportunity to examine concepts and ideas embedded in commonplace materials and objects. His craft seeks to reinstate recognition and eminence to overlooked aspects and objects in day-to-day life.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I primarily use single source clay bodies that I modify for midfire ceramics. I add a variety of aggregates, such as coconut coir, perlite, vermiculite, and calcined bentonite, to achieve specific surface qualities. I work through various studio practices, often oscillating between wheel thrown and handbuilding techniques.

    A: The material qualities of clay invite unabated curiosity. Ceramics hits a sort of Goldilocks zone amongst science, craft, abstraction, and mimesis that seems inexhaustible to inquiry.

    A: Quiet moments in the studio when everything is at work. When the studio begins to feel effortless, there is very little in the world that stops that sort of momentum. Seeing plants grow and bloom always sparks a bit of optimism and humility. Eating homegrown vegetables seems to shorten that bridge between myself and the medium of clay.

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