Mizuyo Yamashita is a Japanese ceramicist who has lived and worked in London since 2000. Mizuyo studied ceramics at Kensington and Chelsea college, City Lit and University of Westminster and now specialises in tableware and decorative pieces for the home. Mizuyo's forms display an interesting combination of English and Japanese cultures, traditional techniques manipulated for modern sensibilities. She is influenced by nature and archeological artefacts.
Mizuyo’s pieces are primarily made on the wheel, but she enjoys experimenting with other processes too. She blends together different types of clay to create her small objects which are subsequently glazed in natural muted tones.
Mizuyo is strongly inspired by the functionality of everyday products, but this does not deter her from creating beautiful forms. She recognises beauty as its own function and is continually exploring the material possibilities of clay and glaze. For the surfaces, Mizuyo uses traditional Japanese and Korean techniques, such as shinogi, mishima and kohiki, and Kezrui, carving with Japanese chisels.