Coming to Denmark from Japan to study design and working as an interior and product designer, Yukari Hotta stumbled into ceramics by chance. She learned and practiced alongside and from other people in a shared studio, which offered a privilege of ease, of not caring too much about the final outcome. Hotta’s pieces are all about the meeting between raw textures and almost bodily form—smooth in some places, rough in others. This combination creates a compelling dimension, inviting to be touched.
Her pieces are all about the meeting between the raw texture of the clay and almost corporeal form—smooth in some places, rough in others. This combination creates a compelling shadowplay that plays out across the shapes, awakening and giving them another atmospheric quality. In particular, they beg to be touched and experienced haptically. “If someone asks me if they can touch one of my pieces, I see that as a good sign,” she says.