The oeuvre of ceramicist Hiromi Itabashi (b. 1948)  could easily be mistaken for soft sculpture, as his whimsical shapes contain an elegance seeming free of any rigidity. A modernist approach to traditional materials, Itabashi works mainly with white porcelain and chamotte. The use of these contrasting materialities allows for freer interplay of shapes and form. Itabashi complicates established notions of directionality, pushing the boundaries of how we look at an artwork. 

Itabashi has held a various solo exhibitions throughout Japan, and has taught at multiple universities throughout the country.