Kaori Tatebayashi grew up in a family who traded in pottery in Kyoto, Japan a city renowned for its ceramics. She was surrounded by the simple, elegant forms of Japanese tableware from a young age. Following her studies in Kyoto and the RCA in London she has exhibited frequently in London and Japan.
In recent years, her love for nature, plants and gardening has increasingly influenced her work. She captures and preserves the fleeting moments of the life cycle of plants through modelling them by hand.
‘Fired ceramic resembles ghosts, losing their organic life in the firing. It becomes a metaphor for memory, traces of the past and a connection between the past and the present. Using its spectral appearance and paradoxical character, I aim to capture time and preserve it within clay.’