Yutasegawa.com Throwing perfectly shaped vessels on a pottery wheel is already an impressive skill, but Japanese ceramicist Yuta Segawa takes this art form to the next level by crafting miniature vases. His ever-growing collection boasts over 1,000 tiny, colorful vases, each painstakingly detailed as if they were full-sized pieces.
Segawa initially learned the art of ceramics in Japan and China, but it was during his time in London that he honed his expertise in crafting miniature pottery. Every individual vase is meticulously hand-thrown, with many featuring exquisite, delicately formed feet and long, fragile necks. Beyond his proficiency on the potter’s wheel, Segawa has created 500 unique glazes, further enriching his artistry. When arranged and photographed in groups, his collection of tiny vases presents a vibrant spectrum of colors and tones.
Segawa’s decision to downsize the traditional craft of ceramics was driven by a desire to challenge himself. In his own words, “Miniature pottery delves into the relationship between artists’ bodies and their creations, pushing the boundaries of what the human body can achieve on such a diminutive scale.”
“With a palette of over 1,000 specially formulated glazes, Yuta Segawa meticulously crafts miniature pots through the art of hand-throwing. These pots are so diminutive that one can cradle several in the palm of their hand, pushing the boundaries of micro craftsmanship to their limits. These petite creations have garnered significant acclaim, as the Camberwell College of Arts graduate managed to sell his entire stock of 500 at Ceramic Art London.
Inspired by Scandinavian artists like Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg, renowned for their small-scale ceramic works, Segawa has elevated the world of miniatures to a new level. As he explains, “There’s an enigmatic allure to crafting miniature pots. You don’t require a grand scale to convey the beauty of clay, glazes, and forms.”