Kaori grew up in a family who traded in pottery in Kyoto, Japan a city renowned for its ceramics. She was surrounded by the simple, elegant forms of Japanese tableware from a young age. Following her studies in Kyoto and the RCA in London she has exhibited frequently in London and Japan.
Kaori creates a sculptural installations, painstakingly created hand built copies of everyday objects in white stoneware. The objects are then arranged as tableaux, reflecting the material lives of diverse individuals such as The Junk Collector, The Botanist and The Painter. These haunting installations offer a contemporary take on the still lives and portraits of the Old Masters.
Kaori has received awards from the Crafts Council, and was commissioned to create tableware for the British Museum’s Grenville Room in 2009. Joanna Bird has represented Kaori since 2002.