A native of Seto City in Aichi Prefecture, Ryusuke Asai is a dynamic ceramic artist with a certain flair for the creative, including a career as a musician. The new generation from a family of photographers and ceramicists, the craftsman spirit is innate to Asai.


     Asai’s classic tea bowls are nuanced and minimalist, constructed with careful designs imbued into each piece. Previously an assistant to whimsical and innovative ceramicist Ryoji Koie before establishing his own studio, Asai’s works echo Koie’s colorful and functional whimsy. His creative endeavors surpass the boundaries that might confine him to a single genre; his works include ornaments, pots, paintings and sculptures.