Kingyo Hime (Princess Goldfish), 2015, stoneware with nerikomi,  h. 11 3/4 x w. 26 x d. 18 in. (30 x 66 x 46 cm)


Peacock Princess, 2015, stoneware with nerikomi,  h. 13 1/2 x w. 8 1/2 x d. 6 in. (24.5 x 21.5 x 15.2 cm)

Kobayashi Sawako (b. 1984)

Not only did Kobayashi Sawako study ceramics at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, but she holds a doctoral degree in fine art as well. Since completing her degrees in Tokyo in 2014, she has been working in her own ceramic studio in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa.

Nerikomi is a contemporary Japanese term for a technique of creating patterns with colored clay. Kobayashi manipulates both the nerikomi and saiso techniques, the latter which includes scraping geologic stratum like layered colored clay.

Kobayashi is one of the few Japanese ceramic artists who have worked to vigorously create a new phase in ceramic art history. Her artwork, with various layers, is intriguingly Japanese and very unique. Utilizing her contemplations of mingling reality and fantasy, her brightly colored creatures are represented on a more finely worked-out scale than anyone imagined.

Kobayashi Sawako (b. 1984) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

Asia Week, New York, US
SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
Solo exhibition, Ginza Kuroda Toen, Tokyo, Japan
Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo, Japan