Japanese ceramicist Shiho Hayashi works with clay to create minimal, yet functional objects. Shiho graduated Kyoto Art University in 2008, specialising in lacquered arts and crafts. Following this, she moved to Tajimi, where she currently resides, to complete a degree in ceramics and porcelain. Her works are popular and she does number of exhibitions through out year. Her forms have an elegant outline and beautiful textures.
Shiho has a vast depth of knowledge around different techniques and methods which is reflected in her contemporary ceramics that often experiment freely with form and texture. Her most recent collection uses a lot of black, hoping that people will see the beautiful hidden landscapes that arise within the vases as a result of the firing processes she uses. The black finish does not come from a glaze, this is from her unique process of firing, she puts her ceramics into a box ‘saya’, this box is packed with leftover and excess rice husks ‘chaff’ creating a natural charcoal tone and glaze to each object. we are reminded that this is a natural result that comes from the carbon firing technique that Shiho uses, meaning each piece is truly unique and a one off.