Shohei Harada

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Shohei Harada is a Japanese ceramic artist who has been working with clay for over 15 years, right after he graduated from college. In the first few years, he used Machiko clay, so in that effect, the ceramic pieces that he made were dubbed “Machiko ware.” However, he is known to use his own special blend of clay. He mixes red with white and adds in black clay from the Ibaraki prefecture. He says that black clay is finer than red and white, so it helps him to add small, tiny details to his pieces. However, the pieces that most caught my eye are these ceramic pieces that he dubs “robots” that are meant to be incense burners. The whole point of these are that when incense is put in the middle and smoke burns out of the ceramic piece, it will look like a broken robot. Though he creates similar models, he does not use a mold, and all work that he creates is handmade and the finer details are all put on by himself.

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