• 日本語
Sadamasa Imai



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Sadamasa Imai creates elegant ceramics sculptures and pottery reflecting a unique blend of traditional and contemporary influences. His creations are the product of the slow and laborious process of ceramic making with each piece reflecting many hours of intense planning and execution. As a result, each of his creations evidences a total commitment to craftsmanship and detail.

Imai’s creations focus on the beauty and wonder of life forms. Drawn by their delicate beauty and ruggedness, Imai often incorporates crabs and other sea dwellers into his recent work. When closely examined, subtle paradoxes in Imai’s themes and style become apparent. Imai may choose strong colors at odds with the rest of the piece, but they serve to accentuate rather than to overwhelm. There is also a clear dichotomy of the detailed and realistic, and the minimal and abstract. The shapes he uses in his sculptures function as pedestals, minimalist sculptures, and environments created for the creatures that inhabit them. By presenting them together, both elements of the sculpture appear to coexist, and they create an entirely new entity. The effect is innovative and modern, yet their medium is firmly traditional.

Imai’s creations have earned him much attention and numerous prizes in Japan. 

Imai is from Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from the graduate school of the Department of Crafts of Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015 and is currently creating his artworks in Kyoto.