Kazuhito Kawai’s quest for ugly beauty in ceramic art
The polychromatic clay vessels of Japanese artist Kazuhito Kawai are quite spectacular, the cascade of small, amorphous, textured forms like lava erupting from a volcano.
Kawai’s path to ceramic art was far from linear. Born in Kasama, in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, he studied at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design, graduating with a degree in fine art in 2007.
That year, disillusioned with his future as an artist, he returned to Japan with a sense of failure and spent several years in Tokyo.
Pic: Liposomal Vitamin C, 2021 glazed ceramic