Harumi Ota trained in the forming and decorating of traditional Kutani-style ceramics in Ishikawa, Japan. Ota’s art may be best described as an eclectic fusion of Japanese esthetics with a contemporary style reflective of his adoptive country, Canada. His art also contains vibrant influences of his year of mountaineering in South America. Ota’s works have been shown at major ceramic exhibitions including the International Ceramics Competition Mino and the Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Competition in Japan, as well as the Fletcher Challenge Competition in New Zealand. After having moved to Canada from his native Japan in 1998, Ota established his first studio in Victoria, B.C. Shortly thereafter, Ota’s passion for creating his own art evolved into offering workshops and formal art instruction. In 2001, his work was selected for Eye Candy, an exhibition of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. In 2013 he was artist in residence at the Fairmount Empress.
Ota most enjoys making non-functional pieces using the slip casting technique. These are high-fired once and fired again low temperatures, often several times depending on the type and quantity of colours used for the overglaze. He also makes colourful unique functional pieces that reflect a combination of the Japanese enjoyment of tableware and his own sense of fun. Ota uses an electric kiln at his studio in Victoria and still maintains two anagama kilns that he built in Ishikawa and Toyama, Japan.
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