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When I was a child in Japan I thought I would become a writer. My head was a full of imagination, memories, feelings, thoughts and stories. Once a while, they overtook my daily life. It wasn't always easy for a child to live in the real world and my own world at the same time. Especially as all my imagination, memories etc. just float around in my head, like clouds in the sky. I didn't know what to do with them.

Now I capture the floating thoughts in ceramics. Once they were given shapes, they become grounded. I am writing in ceramics. By doing that, I file the information, which is, otherwise, difficult to classify, in drawers in my brain. I could bring every nuance and detail of my memories, stories, emotion and thoughts, back to life vividly when I see each sculpture.

'Dreams, stories and wishes.

Trees, birds and breeze.

Memories, beauty and time.'


Accidental Artist

When she arrived in England to study social anthropology in 1992, she had no plans to become an artist. However, for nearly two decades now, she has been working as an artist making ceramic sculptures in her studio in Canterbury.


Her work captures her imaginary life and real life, which overlap.  She used to pretend to live as a ‘normal’ person in society but wildness broke through the thin veneer and consumed her. Once she started making sculpture, all those layers of pretension fell away. She was finally one whole person.


Midori loves ceramics as most Japanese do. She loves stretching clay with her hands to find what it becomes. Her studio is quiet, but in her head she asks lots of questions to the clay whilst making. She lets the clay lead her as much as possible. The wide range of her work shows her main focus as well as her small discoveries and excitement in daily life. She challenges herself to break the mould every year. She thinks boredom and repetition are the enemy of her creativity.


When she is not working, which is rare, she escapes to the woods or reads books. She is secretive and reclusive. She is seldom seen, but surprisingly friendly if she happens to be in a good mood.


Midori's works are in private collections globally. A few good sized collections are in England. 

CPA selected member

Midori Takaki's works are available from



04 Ceramic Art London, London

03 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, with West end House gallery, London


11-12 Christmas Show, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

11-12 Winter Show, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

04 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead


11-12 Christmas Show, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

04 Ceramic Art London, London


11-12 Christmas Show, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

11 White Circle Manchester Art Fair, with Hope gallery, Manchester

11 Feature artist of November, Bevere gallery, Worcester

10 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, with West End House gallery, London

05 Online Demonstration for Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild

04 Fresh Art fair, Cheltenham with West End House gallery, Cheltenham


All events were cancelled due to lockdowns


12 'Gifted', Contemporary ceramics Centre

12 Christmas show, West End House gallery, Kent

11 'In the Windows' exhibition, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
10 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, with West End House gallery, London

10 A demonstration, Oxford Ceramics Fair, Oxford

10 Oxford Ceramics Fair, Oxford

03 Ceramic Art London, London


10 A Talk and demonstration, Oxford Ceramic Fair, Oxford

10 Oxford ceramic fair, Oxford

08 Art in Clay, Farham

05 Bevere Gallery - May Focus

05 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong with LANS gallery

04 Design Spring 18 - KIMA Architecture and Interiors
03 Ceramic Art London - March


12 Galerie Corinne le Monnier, Le Havre, France

08 Art In Clay, Hatfield

06 Bevere Gallery - June Focus

04-05 Group show. Galerie Corinne le Monnier, Le Havre, France 

04 Ceramic Art London


11 Winter Craft Collection, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey

11 Christmas exhibition, GalleryTop, Derbyshire 

10 Handmade at Kew with Gallerytop, London

10-12 In the Landscape exhibition, Artichoke gallery, East Sussex

09 Cambridge Art Fair with Bils and Rye, Cambridge

07-09 PikaPika, Craft Central gallery, London

06 Window exhibition. Cecilia Colman

05 Solo exhibition, Silver Shell Gallery, Tokyo
04 Ceramic Art London, London


09 Exhibition, Biscuit factory, Newcastle
04 Ceramic Art London, London
03 WHITE BALANCE, with Alan Emsden, Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury (Duo)


11 Windsor Contemporary Art Fair 
10 Etsy Art OPEN exhibition, London
06 Landmark Arts Centre Midsummer Art Fair
01-02 Emerging artist space, Mascalls gallery

Clouds  Calm - Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (Solo)

Clouds  Storm - Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (Solo)

Prism MA show -  Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (Group)

Featured articles/Interviews

Potters on Pots: Midori Takaki: Ceramic Review 313, January/February 2022

Ceramic Art London, Architectural Digest online, Russia, 2018 
Of spirits and stories: Ceramic Review 290, March/April 2018

Ceramic Art London fair: world's best potters showcase their designs at Central Saint Martins art and design school, Evening standard (30, March 2017)
Artist Interview: Midori Takaki (June 2015: Ghost) 
Midori Takaki’s Ceramics.  (Art is a way by Elsa Mora)
No Hair allowed (April 2015: Old Tat Magazine) 
Midori Takaki - My Owl Barn Blog
Angels *Midori Takaki* Canterbury Christ Church Gallery Until 21st December 2013 blog 2013
Clouds in the sky blog (November 2013)

Midori Takaki - Ceramics artisan Japan Store ( November 2013)
Mouseblossom blog 

Blue Eggs and Tea blog


2013 Postgraduate certificate - Ceramics in Fine and Applied Art, Christ Church Canterbury University, UK

1994 MA - Social Anthropology, University of Kent, UK

1986 BA - Sociology, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo

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