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Artist: Noriko Masuda

Artist: Noriko Masuda
Noriko Masuda, ALBERTA
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My simple aesthetics have always been informed by my Japanese-Canadian
upbringing. My training in England added another layer of influence to my designs, but also changed my making process and my views on mass production considerably. I no longer see manufacturing as lower in value than, or the enemy of, handcrafted work, but only as a different form of making. After all, poor design and craftsmanship can be found anywhere, both in the ceramic industry and in the world of craft and one-of-a kind studio ceramics. In my current practice, I attempt to find that line between craft and industry; to make pieces that fit neither, or rather, fit both worlds; to create designs that are aesthetically clean, considered, and so unobtrusive that they blend perfectly into their function and can be used without thinking.

2013 MA Ceramic Design, Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, UK
2009 Ceramic Distance Diploma Course, Australian National University,
Canberra, Australia and Red Deer, Canada

2016-Present Residency Coordinator, Medalta International Artist in Residence,
Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
2017 ‘Plasterwork’ Workshop Instructor, Medalta International Artist in
Residence, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
2013-16 Studio Technician, Medalta International Artist in Residence, Medicine
Hat, AB, Canada
2014 Community Pottery Class Instructor, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
2012-13 Designer, researcher, sales associate, Reiko Kaneko, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
2012-13 Student intern, Denby Pottery, Denby, UK
2013 Volunteer staff, International Ceramics Festival, Aberwystwyth, UK
2013 Volunteer staff, Art in Clay Hatfield, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, UK
2005-11 Teaching assistant, demonstrator, studio volunteer, North Mount
Pleasant Art Centre, Calgary, AB, Canada
2009 Board Member, Calgary Clay Arts Association

2018 Home, Alberta Craft Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2018 Uncommon Blends, Alberta Craft Gallery, Calgary, AB
2017 Oh Ceramics! , Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
2017 Outside the Box, Wanted Design, New York, NY
2017 Outside the Box, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto, ON
2016 Home, Yuill Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
2015 Medalta Holiday Exhibition, Yuill Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
2015 Fusion Clay and Glass Show, Toronto, AB
2015 Object:Spoon, Canberra, AU
2015 Language of Craft, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB
2014 Spoon Me – Medalta International Spoon Show, Yuill Gallery, Medicine
Hat, AB
2014 Noriko Masuda Ceramics: St Ives Collection, Yuill Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
2014 Redesigned Medalta, Made, Toronto, Canada
2013 SEXSE – South East Asia/South East Alberta Show, Yuill Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB

2013 Medalta 1st International Cup Show, Yuill Gallery, Medicine Hat, Canada
2013 New Designers, London, UK
2012 New Designers, London, UK
2009 Lunchbox, Calgary Clay Arts Association, Calgary, AB
2006 Common Ground, ANU Students show, Red Deer, AB

2017 The Crafted Dish – A Canadian Ceramics Cookbook in partnership with
National Clay Week, 2017
2017 Avenue Calgary, ‘6 Alberta-based Ceramic Artists You Should Know
About’, http://www.avenuecalgary.com/Shopping-Style/Alberta-based-
Ceramic-Artists-You-Should-Know-About/, Aug 15, 2017
2017 Oh Ceramics! Catalogue
2016 Noriko Masuda, Mahony R, dir. Online video,https://vimeo.com/153972764
2016 Ceramics Monthly, Noriko Masuda, Feb 2016
2012 Ceramic Review, Ceramics at Art School, Nov/Dec 2012

Esplanade Art Collection, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Denby Archival Collection, Denby, Derbyshire, UK

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