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Artist: En Iwamura


Artist: En Iwamura
En Iwamura, MONTANA
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My work investigates how I can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with my artworks. I have been working on coil built ceramic sculptures with layers of slip, under glaze and glaze drawings. Inspirations of form, color, and subjects of drawings come from both American and Japanese historical and pop cultures, which surround my life. Through my investigation, I try to understand and process the atmosphere of the world in which I exist, with using little flares of humorous expression. There is an overflow of democratic images and information delivered by media and Internet technologies. We are bombarded by these different values of information passively and automatically by the system of society. Our lives get accelerated, and there is no time to breathe. In that restless time flow, I find the process of ceramic art to be very meaningful because of its character. Ceramic artists have to spend time with clay’s speed and firing. (The ceramic making process is defined by the time required for the material to dry, and fired, this time process inspires me.) captures and solidifies the all times and things happen on clay as becoming ceramics. Ceramics last longer than human life, and we will communicate with future people with ceramic as an important information system.

Biography
En Iwamura was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1988. The influence of both parents who are painter, he grew up in artistic environment. After graduate the BFA in craft at the Kanazawa collage of Art and Craft, he began to be interested in international Art world. he considers that the ceramic has the potential of being one of the international languages, which can cross the different cultures, people and countries.

EDUCATION
2013 - 2016 MFA, Visual Art and Teaching assistant/Ceramic, Clemson University, SC, USA

2011 - 2013 MFA, Crafts/Ceramics, Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan

2007 - 2011 BFA, Crafts/Ceramics, Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2016 - current Archie Bray Foundation, Long Term Resident Artist/ Helena, MT

2015 [Summer Work Shop] Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC

2010 Oogoya, Short-Term Resident/ Shiga, Japan

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (Teaching/Academic Appointments/Related Work Experience)
Visiting artist talk / lecture / workshop

2017 Visiting artist talk / lecture / workshop, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

2016 Visiting artist talk / lecture / workshop, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

2015 Visiting artist talk / lecture, Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Teaching Experience
2013-2016 teaching assistant, Clemson University, Clemson,SC

2011- 2013 teaching assistant, Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan

2010 Student teaching, Nagaoka-dai 4 junior high school, Kyoto, Japan
(Japanese teaching license for Art and Craft in Junior high school and high school)
Related working Experience

2013 Niwash (Professional Japanese Gardener) for Mitsumori Furukawa, Kyoto, Japan

2010 – 2012 Part time studio assistant for Kenji Kuze, Ceramic artist and President of Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan

2010 – 2011 Part time studio assistant for Takuo Nakamura, Ceramic artist, Kanazawa, Japan

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2016
Directors Choice [UN WEDGED 2016] Pottery Northwest/ Seattle, WA]
Purchase award

[Cheers] Medalta/ Medicine Hat, Canada
Best in Show

[Walking Through Glue online exhibition] Online

[MJD Fellowship] Archie Bray Foundation/ Helena, MT  

[Jhon Acorn Award in Graduate Fine Arts Studio] Clemson University, SC
Finalist

[Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art 2016] / Taro Okamoto Museum, Kanagawa,
Japan

2015
Selected Artist [Community Supported Art (CSArt) Clemson, Fall 2015] Clemson University, SC

Selected Artist [Community Supported Art (CSArt) Clemson, Spring 2015] Clemson University, SC

Honorable Mention [UN-WEDGED Ceramic Competition 2015] / Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

Public Education Grant (PEG)/ Clemson University

Penland School of Crafts Summer Scholarship

2014 Summer Research scholarship/ Clemson University.

2013 Graduation at the first of list / MFA, Crafts/Ceramics, Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan

2011 A winning work [International Ceramics Festival‘11 Mino] Ceramics Park MINO/ Gifu, Japan

2009 A reward of excellent (the second award) [Mizunami Clay Contest]/ Gifu, Japan

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITION RECORD

SOLO
2016 [Appearing Clay wall] LLC gallery, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

2016 [Dear My Heroes] LLC gallery, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

2016 [On The Way / Far and Away] Lee gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2013 [New town] / hokuriku bank art gallery/Ishikawa, Japan

2012 [Appearance2]/hokuriku bank art gallery/Ishikawa, Japan

[Appearing Cray Wall] /Gallery rempah-rempah/Ishikawa, Japan
2011 [Appearance] /Gallery rempah-rempah/Ishikawa, Japan


TWO-PERSON
2013 [Tomodachi Vs Tsubora]/art space Niji / Kyoto, Japan

SELECTED EXHIBITION RECORD
2017
[SHIMPO Juried Teabowl Exhibition] Oregon Convention Center/ Portland, OR

[NCECA- Archie Bray Resident Artist Exhibition] Lewis and Clark College/ Portland, OR

[Vessels: Interpretations and Iterations] Kentucky Mudworks/ Louisville, KY

[Bray Days] Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

[In Residence] University of Montana, Missoula, MT

[Teapot Vlll] Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2016
[Collect] Micheko Gallery/ Munich, Germany

[Holiday ceramic show and sale 2016] North Gallery Archie Bray Foundation/ Helena, MT

[Holiday ceramic show and sale 2016] The Society of Arts and Crafts/ Boston, MA

[Holiday ceramic show and sale 2016] Lillstreet Gallery/ Chicago, IL

[2016 Three Wheel Studio Ceramic Show] Three Wheel Studio / Providence, RI

[Studio 550's 4th Annual Cup Show] Studio 550 arts center/ Manchester, NH

[UN WEDGED 2016] Pottery Northwest/ Seattle, WA

[The Bray at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery] Kolva-Sullivan Gallery/ Spokane, Washington

[Cheers] Medalta/ Medicine Hat, Canada

[Festival of Flowers annual juried show] the Arts Center of Greenwood/ Greenwood, SC

[Tea Bowl National 2016] KC Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO

[Walking Through Glue online exhibition] Online

[Clay Studio National] the Clay Studio / Philadelphia, PA

[NCECA 2016 Project Space] Kansas City Convention Center/ Kansas City, MO

[NCECA 2016 National Student Juried Exhibition] Leedy-Voulkos Art Center/ Kansas City, MO

[The 19th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art] Taro Okamoto Museum/ Kawasaki, Japan

2015
[UN WEDGED 2015] Pottery Northwest/ Seattle, WA

[ISCAEE International Ceramic Symposium Exhibition] Ishin, Jing De Zeng, China

[MEDALTA International Tool Show] Yuill Family Gallery at Medalta/ Medicine Hat, Canada

[Fired for Flower] Clemson Art Center/ Clemson, SC

[61st Annual Juried Exhibition] Durham Art Guild/ Durham, NC

[MFA National Competition] First street gallery/ New York, NY

[Community Supported Art (CSArt) Clemson, Fall 2015] Acone Gallery/ Clemson, SC

[Community Supported Art (CSArt) Clemson, Spring 2015] Acone Gallery/ Clemson, SC

[Carolina Got Art] Elder Gallery/ Charlotte, NC

[Reflection] Patrick Square, Osher Life Long Learning Institute/ Clemson, SC

[MFA NASAD showcase] Acone Gallery/ Clemson, SC

2014

[Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation of Salt and Pepper Sets] The art center of Clemson/ Clemson, SC

[Suzuyaki Exhibition] Kanazawa Art GUMMI gallery/ Ishikawa , Japan

2013
[Corporate art exhibition TO TEN] Kanazawa Art GUMMI gallery/ Ishikawa , Japan

[Clay Different Ways-Emerging Artist] The art center of Clemson/ Clemson, SC

2012
[SURIBACHI] Art base Ishibiki/ Ishikawa, Japan

[Live Paint DOJO 2012] TURNER GALLERY/ Tokyo, Japan

[WAN‘s form] / Gallery VOICE/Gifu, Japan

[Seductive chaos]Art crafting towards the future , Kanazawa Gallery Visit /Gallery rempah-rempah/Ishikawa, Japan

[A vessel of the thousand and one]/Echigo-Tsumari art field triennial/Niigata, Japan

2011
[WRITER IN DOUBLE] @DOUBLE/Ishikawa, Japan

[WRITER vol.6] -URBAN WASHOUT- @O.N.P.A /Ishikawa, Japan

[Graduation works exhibition] 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,

Kanazawa /Ishikawa, Japan

[carré 2011] /Gallery Ten/ Ishikawa, Japan

[International Ceramics Festival‘11 Mino, Japan]Ceramics Park MINO/ Gifu, Japan

[Touji exhibition]/Gallery Muku / Ishikawa, Japan

2010
[Cray figure exhibition] Oogoya/ Shiga, Japan

[Eve‘s Tea ceremony]/Kourinbou Daiwa art saloon/ Ishikawa, Japan

[WRITER in Theater 21]-MOTION GRAPHICS-/21st Century Museum of

Contemporary Art, Kanazawa/ Ishikawa, Japan

[WRITER VOL.5] - URBAN FRAME-/@O.N.P.A /Ishikawa, Japan

[Modern ceramic art interchange exhibition] / Guangzhou, China

[Eve‘s Tea ceremony] Kourinbou Daiwa art saloon/ Ishikawa, Japan

2009
[Mizunami Clay Contest]/Gifu,Japan
[Touji exhibition]/An annex to Isikawa prefectural museum of art / Ishikawa, Japan

[Eve‘s Tea ceremony]/Kourinbou Daiwa art saloon/ Ishikawa, Japan

2008
[Touji exhibition]/Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum/ Ishikawa, Japan

[Eve‘s Tea ceremony]/Gallery Ten/ Ishikawa, Japan


PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Public Collection

Medalta / Medicine Hatt, Canada

Otsuka Museum Of Art /Tokushima, Japan

Suzu ware museum/ Ishikawa, Japan

YAGI corporation/ Ishikawa, Japan

 


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