Multimedia developments in Nao’s Studio

A lot has been happening up in the Ceramics studio since we last checked in with Artist in Residence, Nao Matsunaga. He has continued to work with the red clay which turns black when fired, started to develop new plaster and wood pieces and has been experimenting with shapes and patterns on canvas.

Nao paints liquid porcelain onto a semi-dried clay piece. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Nao paints liquid porcelain onto a semi-dried clay piece. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Nao has taken a different approach to this piece by creating holes which he will insert pieces of wood or dowel into once it has been fired. Nao says that he experiences burts of spontaneity which can take his work away from what he first envisioned but that’s all part of the fun! Once Nao has finished applying the liquid porcelain he will let the clay dry, fire it and then decide where to take the piece next.

Nao's piece he is working on with possible wooden additions waiting under the table. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Nao’s piece with possible wooden additions waiting under the table. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Below are two of three canvas pieces Nao has been working which will then be stretched on canvas. One has already been finished, removed from the wall and rolled up, ready to get stretched.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

In the last update from Nao’s studio we saw some small plaster and wood pieces. He has started to develop his idea to the next level, on a bigger scale, using chicken wire and newspaper as a base to fix the plaster to.

Chicken wire and newspaper waiting for plaster to be added. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Chicken wire and newspaper waiting for plaster to be added. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Nao’s work develops at different rates and there is always something interesting to see in his studio. Come along during July and September to see it for yourself and have a chat with him about how his work is progressing.

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