How Otani Workshop Is Transforming Ancient Japanese Ceramics

  • Published: 23 August 2018
  • One can trace the history of Japanese ceramics to the Neolithic era. The art form has attracted a long list of regional craftsmen and cultivated many longstanding traditions such as the traditional tea ceremony. Takashi Murakami collaborator, Shigeru Otani, widely-known as the singular artist behind the alias Otani Workshop, carries on the artistic tradition while injecting contemporary aesthetics to create a unique practice of his own. Humanlike subjects with eccentric features such as elongated arms and misshapen heads are a few hallmark motifs inherent across Otani’s extensive oeuvre.

    “I think the boundary line of art is swaying. So, rather than saying that I am entering the contemporary art [world], I think I am perhaps at the boundary line of contemporary art,” expressed the artist. “Like where does the contemporary art end?”

    We recently paid a visit to Otani Workshop’s studio located on the Awaji Island in Japan, shadowing the artist as he nimbly develops a sculpture using rough clay and natural materials such as wood and iron found on the island. These pieces will soon be featured at his first solo show in Galerie Perrotin Seoul in South Korea. Explore the ceramic world of Otani Workshop in the video above and then let us know your thoughts.

Comments • 13

  • WTF SF
    WTF SF  6 months back

    #comegetyamans This guy needs some rest

    • Obed 40
      Obed 40  8 months back

      Does he have any employees???

      • goosedcreativity
        goosedcreativity  10 months back

        the master

        • mayumi
          mayumi  11 months back


          • distortedinfo
            distortedinfo  12 months back

            why is this on hypebeast?

          • Septimius Severus
            Septimius Severus  12 months back

            Onani Worskhop

            • walt thizzney
              walt thizzney  12 months back

              damn thts preetty inspiring. no sleep gotta live ur real dream

              • chocolatewheelchair
                chocolatewheelchair  12 months back


                • Milo S
                  Milo S  12 months back

                  Why do they have pokemon music in the backround of the video?

                  • Jay jay cauba
                    Jay jay cauba  12 months back

                    Idol ❤️

                    • customer care
                      customer care  12 months back


                      #SoundCloud Namgungssi