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Invisible Patterns: Art by Ikuko Iwamoto

A set of three large sake jugsLarge Sake Jug

Ikuko Iwamoto is a U.K.-based ceramics artist who uses her craft to explore the microscopic and invisible patterns of organic forms. Ikuko’s works often feature a very subdued color palette, and oscillate between perfectly formed repeating patterns, and distorted, plant-like shapes.

A set of ceramic vases with contrasting texturesMococo vase set


Ikuko’s ceramic works have a wonderful sense of tactility to them – the artist uses many different techniques to create texture in each individual piece, whether it’s creating spikes or divots across the entire surface of a form, or placing smooth forms in contrast to heavily textured ones. It would seem to be a greatly rewarding experience to touch and handle each of these pieces.


I particularly enjoy Ikuko’s framed ceramics. These works combine the aesthetic sensibilities of three-dimensional ceramic sculpture and two-dimensional wall-hangings. I love the sense of depth that is achieved literally, by the volume of the ceramics, and enhanced by the shadow and light created by the shapes.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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