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Collection: Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui is a Japanese born, Melbourne based ceramic artist primarily working in clay. Keiko's approach to the creation of both functional and non-functional objects is one of poetry and whimsy, yet always displaying a simplicity for which she is known. 

Making and reinterpreting objects is her focus. She pays particular attention to the form and proportion, the profile or outline of a vessel and the interconnectedness between the interior and exterior. 

After moving to Australia in 1999 Keiko completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) degree at the National Art School in Sydney. She had her first solo exhibition at Sturt Gallery in Mittagong in 2012 after exhibiting in many group shows since 2003.

Her recent achievements include North Queensland Ceramics Awards (Finalist, 2020, 2018, 2016, 2010, 2004), Gosford Art Prize (Winner in Ceramics, 2018, 2014, and 2012), Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award (Finalist, 2013), John Fries Memorial Award (Finalist, 2011), Small Art Object Prize in Vallauris, France (Winner, 2009) and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (Viewer’s Choice Award, 2008).

Image Credit: Keiko Matsui, Tiny House Brooches, 2021. Photo: ADC.