A native of Tokyo, Japan, Yuichiro Komatsu holds a B.F.A from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an M.F.A from Alfred University. He also has been granted a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art, Architecture and Public Sphere at Kunsthocshule Berlin-Weissensee and Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany. Currently, Komatsu is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Columbus State University. He has been granted residencies at European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, The Banff Centre in Canada and FAAP (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado) in São Paulo, Brazil. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

Artist’s Statement

Clay is one of the most primitive and versatile of artistic materials, and has been utilized by most civilizations in their cultural expression. The transformation of clay, which is natural and malleable, into ceramics that are cultural and permanent, fascinates me on both the physical and conceptual levels. In a sense, ceramics are our cultural witness, as they reflect, embody and record our cultural and technological development over time. My work investigates the physical, social, historical, cultural and metaphorical aspects of the ceramic medium.

Living and working in contrasting cultural environments in Asia, Europe, and North America has nurtured my sense of curiosity towards spatial boundaries and systems in both domestic and public architectural landscapes. These boundaries/systems sometime seem rather artificial and fragile; my work investigates the ambivalent nature of such boundaries.

While my work is influenced by the simplicity and reductive nature of Minimalism, I also explore the tactile nature of materials and the processes of making objects. One of the fundamental elements of ceramics is the notion of contained space. This space relates to the Japanese spatial concept of  Ma, which can be roughly translated into “empty space” and shares the idea found in a “less is more” philosophy. Ma also refers to the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form and a particular consciousness of place. Thus, it can be extended further to suggest or imply an emptiness full of possibilities and a continuum, that spans both space and time.

My work is a search for forms and surfaces that work between the ideas of fragility and permanence through the pursuit of a palpable yet elusive idea of ephemeral beauty.


Solo Exhibitions

2013 models_, Acorn Gallery, Clemson University, SC
2007 spatial juncture, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery Waterloo, ON, Canada
2006 spatial juncture, Gallery 371-Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Collective Identity: The Legacy of Apprenticeship Under Toshiko Takaezu, HAW CONTEMPORARY, Kansas City, MO
2016 From the Studio: Recent Work by the CSU Faculty of Art, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University
2016 CERAMICS, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015 Clay in GA/Ceramic Educators in the Red Clay State, Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
2014 Naturantes, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
2013 Cities: All Dimensions, Tokarska Gallery, London, UK
2013 Two (x) Two, small scale ceramic sculpture biennial, Eastern Washington University, WA
2012 KSCA (Korea Society of Ceramic Art) International Spring Exhibition, Namseoul University, Cheonan, Korea
2012 To Wander Out of Place, the Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
2011 Faculty Exhibition, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2010 TEDNDER IS THE NIGHT - Summer School Presentation, The Architectural Association, London, UK
2009 The Jingdezhen Contemporary International Ceramics Exhibition, Jiangxi Province, China
2009 Faculty Exhibition, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2007 Imaginary Places, The Other Gallery at the Banff Centre Banff, AB, Canada
2005 Faculty Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery Calgary, AB, Canada
2005 Lokale, Schwerin, Germany
2005 DESIGN MAI 2005, Berlin, Germany
2005 see-saw, Berliner Kunst Project Berlin, Germany
2003 M.F.A Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick Nelson Gallery Alfred, NY
2002 Harbingers, Artsite at the Fosdick-Nelson Alfred, NY
1999 Felissimo Design House, New York, NY


2016 The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan
2015 IRAA (Institute for Research in Applied Arts), Hochschule Düsseldorf, Germany
2013 FAAP (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado) in São Paulo, Brazil
2008 European Ceramic Work Center Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
2007 “Imaginary Places”, Thematic Residency, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB, Canada


Matthew Terrell, “A Bounty of Ceramics at Marcia Wood,”http://burnaway.org/review/bounty-ceramics-marcia-wood/(March, 8, 2016)
Judy Seckler, “Bold Expressions from Artists and Asia,” Ceramics: Art & Perception 91 (2013): 38-41
Amy Gogarty, “spatial juncture,” Ceramics: Art & Perception 66 (2006): 25-29

Private and Public Collection

Marc Olivié & Marleen De Bode-Olivié, Santa Fe, NM
Pamola Powell, Atlanta, GA
The Schein-Josef International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY
IRAA (Institute for Research in Applied Arts), Hochschule Düsseldorf, Germany


2016 University Grant, Columbus State University
2015 University Grant, Columbus State University
2012 University Grant, Columbus State University
2010 Faculty Development Fund, Columbus State University
2007 The Banff Centre Scholarship Fund
2004-05 DAAD Postgraduate Fellowship

Academic Appointments

2014-present Associate Professor of Art, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2009-14 Assistant Professor of Art, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queens College, CUNY, New York, NY
2006-07 Artist-in-Residence, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005-06 Visiting Artist, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, AB, Canada


2010 Certificate, Architectural Association, London, UK
2004-05 The DAAD Postgraduate Research Fellowship Interdisciplinary Studies: Art, Architecture and Public Sphere
Kunsthocshule Berlin Weissensee/Universität der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
2003 M.F.A, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1999 B.F.A, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
1993 & 96 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY