Shio Kusaka: one light year


Shio Kusaka’s ceramic vessels articulate poetic connections, creating a cohesive and unique installation.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2023.

ISBN: 9781644231005 Category:

Shio Kusaka


Shio Kusaka’s ceramic vessels articulate poetic connections, creating a cohesive and unique installation.


“It’s a striking effect-some pieces are bowl-shaped, others are cylindrical, a few have slim, sloping necks. Their linear arrangement suggests some kind of progression through time and space.” Document Journal


While pulling inspiration and techniques from ancient Japanese ceramics as well as from popular culture and everyday life, Kusaka carves new language into her artwork. Employing various types of clay and firing methods, she experiments with line, color, and size to bring fresh life to the medium. This harmonious presentation is created from individual pieces and thematic groupings, resulting in an extraordinary, unified installation to be experienced in the round. Created in close collaboration with the artist and with many detail images, this book provides a deep dive into Kusaka’s incredible work one light year.

Published after Kusaka’s hugely successful exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, in 2022, this catalogue studies her singular installation from all angles. A text by Kusaka illuminates her working process and provides unique insight into this particular work.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 19.7 x 27.3 cm
Publisher name David Zwirner Books
Publication date 19 December 2023
Number of pages 96
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.7 x 27.3 cm
Weight 300 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Shio Kusaka: one light year”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shio Kusaka has become known for her playful and open approach to the ceramic medium, crafting vessels and figures that are both functional and abstract. Painting and incising on thrown porcelain and stoneware surfaces, Kusaka merges sculpture and drawing while asserting the role of ceramics within the realm of contemporary art. Kusaka was born in 1972 in Morioka, Japan, and moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s. After receiving her BFA in 2001 from the University of Washington, Seattle, she moved to Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works.