Isako Suzuki

Isako Suzuki grew up surrounded by ceramics in her father’s studio in Japan. Suzuki was initially trained in wheel-throwing by him in the late 90s and after some years of an on and off relationship with pottery, she started working on a full-time basis, creating her own style of pottery which eventually led to the pursuit of Neriage pottery. She currently resides in Prince Edward Island working from her private studio and dedicating time exclusively to Neriage pottery.


The beautiful lines created by Suzuki speak to the essence of her practice as each line is stained separately, then brought together to create the appearance of tonal gradation. Emotions and/or sensations able to flow from object to viewer are present in the layers of gradated coloured bands. There is an illusory intention in each piece which is achieved by exposing an elegant multitude of whirling patterns after a labour-intensive process. Suzuki creates tonal gradated bands from dark to white giving her pieces the appearance of texture without carving or fluting.

Suzuki has a Diploma in Graphic Design Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics Carleton University & University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario. She has exhibited at Kasama Ceramic Awards Exhibition 2021 (Japan), the 13th Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition 2020 (Japan), Shimpo Teabowl Show at NCECA 2017 (where she won first place) (United States), Joint Ceramics Exhibition on the Art of Neriage III, Touch Ceramics 2021 (Hong Kong), Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown 2020 (PEI, Canada) to name a few.


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