Harumi most enjoys making non-functional pieces using the slip casting technique.
These are high-fired once and then fired again at a low temperature several times, depending on the number and types of colours used for the overglaze. Harumi also makes colourful unique functional pieces that reflect a combination of the Japanese enjoyment of tableware and his own sense of fun.
Harumi Ota - Ceramic Artist from Victoria, BC. His work can be found around town and every Saturday at the Moss St. Market.
Harumi Ota received his training in the forming and decoration of traditional Kutani-style ceramics in Ishikawa, in his native Japan. His works have been shown at major ceramics exhibitions, including the International Cramics Competition Mino and the Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Competition in Japan, and the Fletcher Challenge Competition in New Zealand. An Interesting mixture of the Japanese esthetic and a contemporary flavour more reflective of his adopted country of Canada, Harumi's works also contain a colourful element resulting from the influence of a year of mountaineering in South America. In 1998, he moved from Japan to Victoria, BC, where he set up his studio. In addition to creating his own works, he teaches classes and gives workshops. In 2001, his work was selected for the Eye Candy exhibition of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
He uses an electric kiln at his studio in Victoria, and still maintains two anagama kilms that he built in Japan, in Ishikawa and Toyama.