Maki Imoto is from Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. She graduated in 2005 from Kurashiki University of Art where she specialised in glassmaking. She achieved her Masters and PhD from the same university in 2007 and 2011 respectively. Shortly afterwards she set up her studio in the northern Prefecture of Akita where she also worked at the Akita Arts University.
Her work explores the allure, fragility and translucence of glass ware. Her painstaking process seeks to push the limits of the materials to produce work that is centred around the principle of Wabi-Sabi, the beauty of imperfection.
Her hand made process is difficult and time consuming, each piece double cast to produce a light and translucent vessel existing purely for it’s aesthetic appeal. The pitted, organic surfaces lightly blushed with colour and marks of process result in works that are restrained, confident and everlastingly interesting.
The Stratford Gallery is delighted to exclusively represent this young Japanese talent in the United Kingdom and introduce her work to a Western audience.