Koinuma Michio 肥沼美智雄 Japanese, 1936-2021

Koinuma was born in Tokyo, where he studied politics and economics. He moved to Mashiko at the age of 33 and, like many artists inspired by Hamada Shoji, set up his own kiln in this small artists' town. His works are characterized by concrete-like clay, often covered with fine gray ash deposits reminiscent of archaeological finds, which excavates bronzes, pottery, or other relics in religious reliquaries across China, Korea, and Japan. Koinuma lives and works in Mashiko today, creating disciplined, controlled forms and works with a strong architectural feel.