Hiroko Mita learned the rudiments and techniques of pottery making under the tutelage of renowned potter Dr Iskandar Jalil. Her journey began at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios (JBCS) in 2006 and continued with Dr Iskandar at his Temasek Potters Studio. Her passion and devotion to pottery deepened further when she moved back to JBCS in 2012. Inspired by nature, music and the people around her, Mita’s works reflect the influences of her Japanese culture, her study of fine art and graphic design in Japan and in America, as well as her life in Singapore since 1996.
Hiroko’s choice of using local clay is her way of conveying respect to the people and the land she has called home for the last two decades. She has been an instructor for ROHEI Corporation’s Artisan series since 2015, as well as a member of the Japanese Ceramic Art Foundation since 2016. Her works have been shown in Japan and Singapore. She has been commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Arts Council, National Heritage Board and Duke-NUS Medical School; and jointly participated in a mural project for NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Experimental Medicine Building and other communities.
‘Each clay and raw material has a different and unique character of its own, just like human beings. I enjoy spending time getting to know them. In my pottery journey, I have appreciated the many years of experiences of peoples with the knowledge and wisdom of pottery who have passed through life on this Earth. I have used Jalan Bahar local clay as clay slip and glaze in my work and ash from the Guan Huat Dragon Kiln – one of the last two remaining dragon kilns in Singapore and where Jalan Bahar Clay Studios is located – for my ash glaze recipe, in order to convey my respect to the peoples and the land where I live.’
– Hiroko Mita