Mizuyo Yamashita is a Japanese potter and kintsugi repairer based in London. Before moving to London in 2000 to study English, she previously worked in interior design and collected ceramics as a hobby. However, Yamashita san was captivated by an encounter with the work of Grayson Perry in a London exhibition and later went on to gain a ceramic education at Kensington and Chelsea college and the University of Westminster.
Mizuyo's forms display an interesting combination of English and Japanese cultures, traditional techniques manipulated for modern sensibilities. The inspirations for my work come from a wide range of archeological artefacts, everyday designed objects and the forms in nature. Her work is mostly created on the potter's wheel applying surface decorating techniques that stem from Japanese and Korean traditions. Her forms and subtle decoration mark her out as a maker of great restraint and sophistication. She blends together different types of clay to create her small objects which are subsequently glazed in natural muted tones. Beyond her small pieces she also makes installation work and is currently experimenting with tableware on the wheel. Although she is strongly inspired by the functionality of everyday products, this does not deter her from creating beautiful forms.
In 2017, Mizuyo was invited to submit her own designs for a special edition of work to be sold in the Tate Modern Shop to support the Giacometti Show at the Tate Modern.