Asato Ikeda is a third generation ceramicist originating in Tobe, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Growing up around his father’s workshop, he always knew he would follow in his father's footsteps and pursue ceramics. After junior high he went on to study ceramics at Arita Technical High School and at 26, he spent a live changing two years in Egypt creating pottery with children with disabilities through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Ikeda describes his work as “primitive,” developing pottery that is inspired by nature thus displaying aesthetic integrity while also focusing on utility. For many years Ikeda worked in mass production which provided a foundation for his work today. While the shape of his craft can be extraordinarily unique, he understands the practicality of a piece and its design never hinders its functionality. For example, the Gladdy's Sounds cup's organic artistry was inspired by ice formations yet the cup was ergonomically designed to fit to the user's fingers and hands and the rim was shaped to enhance the drinking experience. The result is a piece so unique and beautiful that it stands on its own but is also meant to be enjoyed and used every day.
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