Wood-Fired Ceramic Sculptures by Momoko Takeshita Keane
"I was raised in the ancient capital of Kyoto, Japan, and grew up surrounded by the many traditional crafts of that city. One day, when I was young, I found a piece of old roof tile lying on the ground. For what reason I don’t know, but it was fascinating to me. Since then I have been interested in clay as a material — its ability to be shaped and fired."
Momoko Takeshita Keane studied to be a potter in the famous kiln-town of Shigaraki at a time when few women were to be found as apprentices there. She then spent a couple years in the Kyoto Laboratory of Traditional Crafts learning many aspects of traditional glazes and clay bodies. After that, she went out on her own, starting her own studio in Kyoto and one in Ithaca, NY.