Toshiaki Noda

96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle Interview with Toshiaki Noda


Toshiaki was born in 1982 in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan, a region noted for its remarkable porcelain ceramics dating back to the 1600’s.

In the first exhibition of Noda's ceramics at Spun Smoke Toshiaki presented a series of diminutive forms altered by his unique blend of alchemy. Noda's plasticity of medium allows him to push form and texture, with layers of crust, tears, cracks, gloss and color. With spontaneity and curiosity as his guide, Toshiaki’s sculptural ceramics offer an unconventional vision. 



Kimberly Chun, Datebook, San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Noda for his first exhibition at Spun Smoke.  "The Queens artist, who also works as a studio assistant to Jeff Koons, was a printmaker until six years ago when he took in a ceramics show by Japanese potter Ryota Aoki. Today, less refined objects provide daily inspiration: the dirt, garbage and smashed cans Noda sees on the street. “That kind of stuff attracts my visual sense a lot,” he says. “Anything that shows age and time, the experiences that objects have in the world with time.”

Noda’s parents were dealers in the treasured craft of Imari ceramics, where Toshiaki grew up in an incomparable aesthetic culture, influencing his studio practice today. Noda left Japan for California State University, Long Beach where he received a BFA in printmaking in 2008. His printmaking education combined with his aesthetic and technical training in Japan leant a unique vision to his practice. In addition to his studio practice Noda works as a studio assistant for Jeff Koons -  he lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Milan, Italy; Yokohama, Japan; and New York.