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Jill Fanshawe Kato


Jill Fanshawe Kato studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and pottery at the school of Yosei Itaka and at the Musoan Karatsu Pottery School in Japan. She established her studio in North London in 1977 and has exhibited internationally, especially in Japan and the UK. She regards her work as sitting somewhere 'between sculpture and painting'. Her work has been described as possessing an 'atatakai' quality which is a Japanese term for 'emotional warmth implying that something is breathing.'Working in clay is a kind of alchemy. I like the unpredictable results of fuel burning kilns such as gas and the warmth this gives to the clay. I mostly hand build, coil and slab, but also throw, alter and assemble pieces, which are usually one-off. Imagery is added with coloured slips and fired to 1270c. Recently I established my new studio in Devon and have forests and wilderness on my doorstep, which has given me a new freedom. Ancient stone circles, the South West Coast Path, the red and white clays of Devon are all touch points for my work, as is growing plants and seeing birds and other wildlife from day to day. It is a real journey of discovery as one inspiration leads to another.' Jill Fanshawe Kato, 2020

Recent exhibitions
Keio Department Store, Tokyo, 8th solo exhibition at Keio
Gaku Gallery, Tokyo, solo show
Medici Gallery, London
V&A Museum, London. Crafts Council shop
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Nature in Art, Glos. Art residency
Coombe Gallery, Devon. Exhibition with painter Gerry Dudgeon
Body and Form at Joanna Bird
Lecture, Japan Society Southern Counties
Beaux Arts, Bath
Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo
Art Salon Kogen, Nagoya
Ceramic Collection Aberystwyth purchase
Lectures: London Institute, Kingston University

Scottish Gallery 'Plates'
'Collect' at V&A Museum
Affordable Art Fair, London
Celf Gallery, Wales, 'Jugs'
Garden Door. Gallery, London, solo
Crafts at Kenwood, London, English Heritage
Joanna Bird 'The Spirit of the Maker'
Beaux Arts, Bath, solo
Nature in Art, Glos., residency
Yew Tree Gallery, Penzance, solo 'Wild and Free'
Woodbury Studio Gallery
'Garden of Delights', Nature in Art

'Collect' at V&A Museum
Kamakura Kogei Gallery, Japan
Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo
Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London
Green Gallery, New Zealand
Haddenham Gallery, Ely, with Peter Cavaciuti
Broadway Modern, Cotswolds
Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Scottish Gallery 'Gardens and Birds'
Rufford Ceramics Centre, Nottingham

Keio Department Store. Tokyo, solo
'Collect' at V&A Museum with Crafts Council
Beaux Arts, Bath, solo
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, solo
'Pichets Extraordinaire', Terra Viva, France
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Residency at Nature in Art, Glos.
Teaching at Coombe Farm Studios, Devon
St. David's Hall. Cardiff

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, solo
Yew Tree Gallery, 'Uprising'
Teaching at Coombe Farm Studios, Devon
Residency & teaching at Nature in Art, Glos.
New Ashgate Gallery, solo

Keio Department Store , Tokyo, solo

Jill Fanshawe Kato

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS

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