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Yo Thom was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1973. After a degree in English Language in Japan, she came to the UK to study Three Dimensional Design at Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1996. After one year introductory course, she chose BA Ceramics course and obtained Masters Degree in 2000.
For 2 years Yo trained as an apprentice for studio potter, Lisa Hammond at Maze Hill Pottery. Yo began making her own work using Shino-type glaze and Celadon, and established a workshop in Creekside, London in 2004.
"My work is thrown and hand-built functional stoneware with influence from both UK and Japan, but mostly from Japanese food culture. I try to create tableware, which will become clothes for food as Rosanjin once said. It performs as a background for the food you serve as yet retains strong personality. The harmony of my tableware and food is the most important thing to consider when I make. The new Ai (Indigo) range was developed from my love of Japanese Indigo fabric and its traditional patterns. The wood-fired pieces are called Boku range, which means simple and 'as it is'. I love the power of wood and fire, which create endless palette of colours beyond my control. I keep the design as simple as possible to collaborate with fire."
09/2000~10/1999 MA Ceramics, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Kent, UK
07/1999~09/1997 Two years of BA Ceramics, Kent Institute
07/1997~09/1996 One year of National Diploma, Kent Institute
03/1996~04/1992 BA Foreign Language Faculty, English language, Dokkyo University, Japan
2006~ Studio Pottery, Hackney, London
2006~ Editorial Assistant, Ceramic Review Magazine, London
2004~2006 Studio Pottery, Creekside, London
2002~2004 Studio Pottery, Maze Hill Pottery, London
2002~2005 Gallery assistant, Contemporary Ceramics, London
2002~2000 Full-time pottery assistant, Maze Hill Pottery
2000~2006 Tutoring pottery evening class, Maze Hill Pottery
1999~2000 Graduate assistant of Ceramic Department, Kent Institute
"I was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1973. After a degree in English Language in Japan, I came to the UK to study Three Dimensional Design in Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1996. After one year introductory course, I chose BA Ceramics course and obtained Masters Degree in 2000.
I had 2 years of full-time apprenticeship experience for a studio potter, Lisa Hammond at Maze Hill Pottery after my MA, and I was trained as a production thrower. Lisa and I have written an article together about my experience at the pottery in Ceramic Review.