Noriko Masuda

‘Reach’ alludes to the landscape I most strongly associate Canada with – the prairies. It's my drive between where I currently live, Medicine Hat, and my hometown, Calgary; the flat horizon line and perpendicular to that, the TransCanada Highway, both of which seem to go on forever without change. It's the various colours of the sky out on the vast prairies. The drive isn’t always a happy one and the landscape is often bleak and stark, but it’s also a hopeful drive, knowing that, eventually I’ll reach my destination.

Noriko Masuda's work is imbued with an innate sense of Japanese minimalism and sports crisp colors fashioned in bold, yet, unostentatious, clean lines (Heidi McKenzie, Noriko Masuda, Ceramics Monthly, February 2016, p.32-5).

Noriko was born in Japan, but has spent most of her life in Canada. Her simple aesthetics are informed by her Japanese-Canadian upbringing.

She aims to create aesthetically clean, unobtrusive objects that blend perfectly into their function and can be used without thinking. This is not to say that she doesn't have a sense of humour when it comes to her work. She likes to break up the simplicity with quirky pieces that she hopes can bring a smile to the user.

After studying studio pottery independently through various workshops in Canada and the Australian National University, she relocated to Stoke-on-Trent to study ceramic design at Staffordshire University, from which she received an MA in March 2013. While in the heart of the UK pottery industry, she started to take a greater interest in the harmonizing and combining of craft and industrial ceramics.

She is Studio Manager at Medalta International Artists In Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

SLIP-CASTING - a method for making moulded forms. Liquid slip is poured into a porous mould that absorbs the moisture, leaving the clay form behind. This method allows the creation of thin-walled ware (De Waal, Edmund. The Pot Book. Phaidon, 2015).