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Born in Tokyo in 1977, Tomomi Kamoshita is both a potter and a ceramics teacher. She graduated from Joshibi University ceramics course in 2000. Since 2007, Kamoshita has held an exhibition every year. Lately, she has integrated the traditional technique of kintsugi into her work. In her latest series, Gift from the Waves, she reflects on the giving and taking power of the ocean: “As every Japanese has realized, the waves can take away a great deal from us. But it is also true that we greatly benefit from it. With this work, I wanted to revive what waves have brought us.” Kamoshita collected broken pieces of ceramic and glass from the beach, each beautifully weathered by the waves and bound them together with metallic powder. “Using a skill inspired by kintsugi, which is a Japanese traditional repairing technique used to connect broken ceramic pieces together, I revive what the waves have sent us.” The pink fragments that appear in each work are taken from an old piece of her own pottery. For Kamoshita, the pink represents sakura, or cherry blossoms, a symbol of revival. "No matter what happens, it blooms gracefully in spring." She unites these ideas of destruction, creation, and revival through her decision to make chopstick rests. By taking the form of daily tableware, these once lost and broken pieces experience renewed purpose and newfound vitality, blooming like a blushing sakura.
"To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." - Georgia O'Keeffe