My works are inspired from nature and the beauty of our mystery. Within the timeless art of clay and fire comes a sense of connection to common spirits who have created ceramics throughout history, spiritually and functionally. Along the ceramic process, accidental discoveries happen. These fascinations can open as doors into new series. One motif in my sculpture is of guardians protecting our future, grounded, yet rooted in dreams. I often include energy marks or symbols that thread the past into the future.
The possibilities with clay are as infinite as the universe of its composition. Not long ago, a spacey-colored polka dot made from the ash of a cherry blossom tree was discovered on black clay. A new series, ‘Polka Dot Skies’, began...
We are all dots connecting the universe.
Doug Black is an American artist based in Japan since 1990. His works embrace both function and wonder, celebrating the culture's mindful appreciation to the presentation of food, spirits, tea, and our flower friends, while his sculptures explore the ceramic palette, ground to the planet, and reaching to the stars like those before us.
After receiving his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Black was awarded an Artist Visa by the Foreign Ministry of Japan. Bonding with a Tokyo-based visionary, he produced stage art design for fashion movements, music performances, and ambient opera before establishing himself as a ceramist.
Black exhibits annually and has accepted many invitations to work alongside international artists overseas. In 2017, his ceramic art was awarded Grand Prix in both Tokyo and France. He was gifted a studio in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to produce works for a solo exhibition at the La Maison de la Céramique Terra Rossa in 2018.
Other works include installations of various mediums. Black has participated in the triennial, Earth Art Mashiko HIJISAI, an earth festa that coincides with the harvest moon and living with the earth, making an outdoor solar installation in 2015, ‘Under One Sky’, and indoors in 2018, ‘Remember the Future’. He plans another outdoor installation on ancient temple grounds in 2021, ‘All Are One’.
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