Motoko Katsuta KITANO‘S early years in Japan were immersed in the traditions of Japanese Literature, Calligraphy, and Noh Theatre, with various family members regarded as masters in those disciplines.
After undergratuate studies in 2 Dimensional Works at Tama Art University in Tokyo, she shifted her focus to Ceramic Sculpture at Post-Graduate level.
After completing university, Motoko was privileged to participate in the Artist In Residence program at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.
Motoko’s work was becoming noticed, and she, along with respected Lighting Designer, Satoshi Uchihara, were commissioned for the commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto. She created clay sculptures, and collaborated on the aesthetic vision of this historic icon.
Soon after, she was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Annual Kanagawa Art Exhibition, which is often referred to as the gateway to success for contemporary artists in all mediums.
An opportunity arose for further specialist studies in the United States, with Paul Soldner, widely regarded as the pioneer of Raku contemporary sculpture. Motoko spent 2 years under his tutelage in California.
A passion for Ceramics and Sculpture, led Motoko to Hungary, where she enrolled at the International Ceramic Institute in Kecscemete, and joined with local contemporary artists in an ongoing celebration of freedom from the shackles and destruction of the iron curtain era.
Motoko’s enthusiasm and work was soon noticed in Hungary. An invitation to be Guest Artist in Residence at the renowned Siklos International ceramic Art centre was forthcoming, and later at Hodmezovasarhely artist house, also in Hungary.
During this time, selected works were exhibited in;
. . . Siklos International Ceramic Symposium Exhibition,
. . . Hungarian Contemporary Ceramic 30 years Exhibition,
. . . Europe/Japan Cultural Exchange Exhibition
. . . 4 Japanese Contemporary Artist Exhibition, Mono Gallery, Budapest.
A rare opportunity arose when eminent artist, Sandor Kecskemeti took Motoko under his wing and became a mentor in his chosen field of Stone Sculpture. Their mutual appreciation of culture, respect and friendship continues to this day.
Through Sandor, Motoko was introduced to Prof. Jochen Brandt, of the Institut fur Kunstlierische Keramik und Glas (University of Applied Sciences), in Koblenz, Germany. She enrolled at the institute, and graduated Master of Fine Arts under Prof. Brandt in 2010.
Europe was becoming a second home, and in 2010 Motoko applied for, and received an Artist Visa, allowing her to continue as a working artist in Germany. Obtaining an Artist Residence Visa in that country is a difficult task, and Motoko is thankful for the support she received from art associates Dr Sabine Runde, Deputy Director & Curator of Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt; Monika Gass, Director of Ceramic Museum, Westerwald; Jan Nebgen, Director of b-05 association, Montabaur; Dirk Allgaier, Director of Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart; Monika Kiss of MONO Galerie, Budapest, Hungary; Gregor Muntwier of Galerie Eulenspiegel, Basel, Switzerland, and others.
Since the end of 2013, Motoko has been based in Australia, and is finding a vast range of inspiration from this ancient, yet young, land.
Motoko’s works reside in the following locations. . .
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga-Pref, Japan
Seinen-kan foundation Hotel "Seikei", Yamanakako Lake, Japan.
Arishima Ikuma Memorial Museum, Nagano, Japan
Siklos International Ceramic Center, Hungary
Hodomezo Vasarhely Art Museum, Hungary
Alfold Porcelan Edenygyar Company, Hungary
Imerys Kiln Furniture, Hungary
Dr. Sabine Runde