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Esther Shimazu

Biography to Display: 

1957 Born Honolulu, Hawai'i

EDUCATION

1975-1977 Fine Art, Ceramics, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawai'i

1980 BFA Ceramics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

1977-1982 BFA/MFA Ceramics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1982—Ceramic Artist

 

Esther Shimazu is best known for stoneware or porcelain sculptures of bald, nude, often obese Asian women; occasionally she creates a male and sometimes an animal is added.

Each sculpture is constructed body part by body part using hand-building techniques. The surfaces are colored with slips and oxides, fired, then hand sanded. Additional color is added with rubbed in oxides, airbrushing and some specific added color. A final firing followed by more sanding completes the process.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawai’i

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Brown Glen R. 500 Ceramic Sculptures. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2009.

Ceramic Art and Perception (Fall 1997).

Clark, Joan and Dianne Dods. Artists/Hawaii. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1996.

Contemporary Museum. The Contemporary Museum Biennial of Hawaii Artists 1. Honolulu, HI: The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, 1993.

Craft Horizons (October 1997).

Lark Books. 500 Ceramic Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form. Ashville, NC: Lark Books, 2004.

Shimazu, Esther. Esther Shimazu. Davis, CA: John Natsoulas Press, 2001, 2008.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Artist

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California

Website(s):

http://www.esthershimazu.com/

 

Typical Marks
1996
1996
1999
2001
Candle Holder-Sculpture
Date: 1995
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Small Lick-Sculpture
Date: 1996
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Olympia-Reclined Figure with Cat-Sculpture
Date: 1996
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
June Sakata Collection
Photo: TMP
June Sakata Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Man with One Hand-Sculpture
Date: 1999
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Dos Licker
Date: 2001
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Figure
Date: 2015
Materials: Clay
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Clay Studio of Missoula Permanent Collection
Photo: TMP
Clay Studio of Missoula Permanent Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 28, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/shimazu