grew up in a famous ceramic artist°«s family. Her
grandmother is Teruko Tsuji, a pioneer of female
ceramicist°«s in Japan. Both of her father and uncle
are also ceramic artists. It was Teruko Tsuji who
introduced her a beautiful world of kaleidoscopes.
In 1997, at the advice of her grandmother, she started
to learn about kaleidoscopes under Mr and Mrs.Yoda
and gradually started to create her own pieces.
She was lucky to have those great teachers who helped
her develop her talent. Since then she has been
making mirror systems and object pieces mainly for
her grandmother°«s ceramic bodies. Teruko Tsuji is
an outstanding ceramicist in Japan and her works
are admired by many Japanese. Dr.Ochi was one of
her fans and he established an art museum in Sendai
featuring her works which included a lot of kaleidoscopes.
Misato tries to create and choose glass objects
to match the artistic expression of Teruko Tsuji.
°»It is fun but quite a challenge to bring her kaleidoscopes
to completion°…, Misato says.
Misato°«s works, in collaboration with Teruko Tsuji,
are exhibited in some museums and not many are available.
Misato says, °» It is so fascinating to create glass
objects. It is like growing flowers. I get so happy
when I look into the tubes to find millions of flowers
created by my hand made glass pieces. I always share
the enjoyment with my children.°…
Later she started to create ceramic kaleidoscope
bodies by herself. She has to bake them many times,
with different color layers, in the kiln and not
many of them come out perfectly. Each of them comes
out differently and are one of-a-kind pieces.
The photos on this page are limited to the kaleidoscopes
completely hand made by herself.