Ceramic Exhibition Traces

Ceramic Exhibition Traces

Miwa Neishi

JUNE 21 FRI - JULY 7 SUN, 2024

Solo exhibition by ceramic artist Miwa Neishi, based in Queens NY.

Miwa states that the motifs in her work are inspired by letterforms in the Japanese Hiragana writing system.
Just as handwritten characters are inherently traces of the writer’s brush or pen, Miwa’s handbuilt ceramics strongly exude her humanity through traces of kneading, forming and firing. Her works are rendered as “handwritten” linguistic vessels; it's character operating both physically and abstractly.

In this exhibition, she focuses on the interpretation of the prehistoric "Dotaku" bell from 2000 years ago in Japan. Dotaku is known as a vessel for rituals, to celebrate prayers and bring prosperity to farming and agriculture during the ancient times. With the aspect of a ceramist who handles the clay abstractly, Miwa aims to explore the idea of harmony with this new series of work.

By expressing herself through clay, Miwa presents a view that both celebrates her Japanese heritage as well as her evolving modern perspective in the United States.

Please enjoy the artworks by Miwa Neishi.

Some pieces are also available on the online shop.


[Reception Detail]
Date: Friday, June 21st
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: CIBONE 50 Norman Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11222

[Talk session with Evan Scott Detail]
Talk session: Miwa Neishi and Evan Scott (Director of Retail and Merchandising of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum)
Date: Friday, June 21st
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: CIBONE 50 Norman Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11222


Miwa Neishi
Born in Tokyo, 1990
B.F.A in sculpture, Niigata University, 2013
M.F.A in sculpture, Kent State University, 2016
Studio at Sculpture Space NYC

"I draw inspiration from abstract expressionism, prehistoric clay figures, and calligraphy. In making work today with nontraditional clays and glazes, I wish to continue the legacy of humanity's imagination and connection to the elemental aspects of life. Each artwork is intuitively hand built, focusing on the harmony between lines, similar to the practice of Japanese calligraphy. In their final forms, I find every piece reflects a character I've come across in my life in Japan, Ohio, NYC, and elsewhere.
While my art forms are sculptural and abstract, I wish the audience to find them to be as familiar as a flower vase – a part of earth that’s carrying life and energy, freely given from nature."