February 21, 2019


Aona Hayashi & Minami Samejima

SUMI by Aona Hayashi and Minami Samejima Exhibition

We are excited to introduce the collaborative works of Aona Hayashi and Minami Samejima to An Astute Assembly. Together, these two artists have come together to create a beautiful range of objects for a range of purposes. 

To showcase the beautiful works of these two Japanese artists, we welcome you to join us to experience these beautiful pieces for yourself. The opening exhibition will take place on Thursday 21st February at TUR x Astute Assembly Studio - 486 Karangahape Road, Auckland from 6pm - 8pm

Please come and join! 

Aona Hayashi is a Tokyo based illustrator, who creates beautiful drawings with a focus on silhouettes, angles and aesthetic. What sets her apart from other artists is that as opposed to using ink, she uses charcoal to draw with. Aona has done a number of collaborations with other artists, this time we are very excited by her collaboration with Japanese potter Minami Samejima.

Minami uses a unique process to fire her pottery, whereby she layers her work into a box called “Saya”, this box is packed with leftover, excess rice husks (chaff) collected from her parent's rice farm. 

Minami doesn’t apply any glaze to her work instead, she uses the process of firing. During this process she sinks her objects in the ash of rice husks, this creates a natural dark charcoal tone along with a glaze to seal each piece. The surface of each object has many tiny air holes, thus it will change over time with age. The teapot will absorb colour as well as the scent of the tea that you use, while the bowls will gain strength through absorbing the natural oils from food. 

The natural and sustainable life cycle of Minami’s production reflects her philosophy of creations. The technique she uses is incredibly personal and unique and is the answer behind the attractive colour and texture to her work. 

We look forward to introducing you to the works of these special artists. It is always exciting when two talented artists with similar visions come together to create something so unique and beautiful.

Come along with your friends and experience this for yourself.


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