ceramics by Hitomi Mckenzie

Ceramics by Hitomi Mckenzie

February 19-March 31, 2021

On display and available for purchase. Please inquire at reception or email [email protected]

Hitomi Mckenzie
Ceramic Artist

Hitomi was born in Japan where she worked as a fashion designer moved to London (UK) in 1996.

Studied pottery doing a part time course before achieving BTEC PDD (Professional Development Diploma) in Fine Art Ceramics at South Thames College in the UK.

Her works are functional tableware that is a product of her cultural background, she takes an experimental approach in her creative designs, which results in the outcome of these unique pieces.

Her work has been shown and sold at major exhibitions also been sold at Galleries and Shops over the UK.

She has been living in Vancouver since 2011 and become part of the many artists at the Mergatriod building in East Vancouver that has an annual Open Studio, ‘Eastside Culture Crawl’.

Her work is one of a kind and sold at major Exhibitions and Fairs in Vancouver.


Artist statement

My work is of Porcelain Ceramics, a set of functional shape and individual pieces. Making pots is my art: I make them for people to use. I believe that my pots would attract those who appreciate beauty and function working in harmony. I hope their forms give the user a sense of joy.

It is important to me to create communication, a ‘conversation‘ between form and surface. In my intimate relationship with each individual piece of work becoming an extension of how I respond to movement of the wheel and the clay.

The method I employ is first throwing then dissecting and distorting. The shapes, which for me is an innovative way of making and producing original designs.

The throwing rings are exaggerated to give the impression of fold fabric, and a shiny transparent glaze gives highly polished finish making it a stainless and durable very practical products which is microwave and dishwasher safe.

My works combine that lively tactile quality of hand thrown porcelain, while showing its amazing translucency and looking refreshingly different, contemporary and exciting.

The material l use is translucent porcelain (Dove & Polar Ice) and oxidation firing at cone 6.