My artistic goal with ceramic materials is to shape an expression based on the wonderful phenomenon of nature rather than to be completely made up of man’s power. This is because ceramics is created from chemical reactions and material changes by heating. I want to create my pieces as ‘having evolved a piece naturally’ by controlling the characteristics of materials and the action of firing. It is impossible, of course, to control the phenomenon completely. However, it is important for me to challenge nature, to pursue the possibilities within the control of the artist and to realise the principle of nature. The beauty that comes from the fusion between creativity of man and the power of nature. -This is the goal I want to achieve with the materials.
Koji Shiraya

Education

2010
MA Royal College of Art, Ceramics and Glass

Solo exhibitions

2018
2017
2016
2015
2013
the world, COHJU contemporary art, Kyoto
After the dream, 2017 in Maniwa, old Senkyo elementary school, Okayama
the world, COHJU contemporary art, Kyoto
SiO₂, Al₂O₃, CaO, Gallery 360°, Tokyo
Trinary, Victor Felix Gallery, London

Selected group exhibitions

2020
2019
2017
2016
2014
2013


2012

2011

2010

2009
Adrian Sassoon at Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London
Nakanojo Biennale 2019, Gunma
Memories and records, Galerie Ashiya Schule, Hyogo
Surprising Japan, Usagi Gallery, Hong Kong
Odyssey, The Church of St Edmund The King, London
Insight into Beauty: Chawan, Embassy of Japan in the UK, London
Odyssey, Bath Abbey, Bath
 The Homecoming, Victor Felix Gallery, London
Award Winners’ Exhibition, Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham
The Open West, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
Ku’ Damm 101 Happening 2011, Ku’ Damm 101 Hotel, Berlin
Art in the Gardens 2011, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire
Making Sense, Flow Gallery, London
SHOW 2010, Royal College of Art, London
Einfall: Beyond Spontaneity, Freud Museum, London 

Selected art fairs

2019
2018


2017
2016


COHJU contemporary art, Art Osaka, Osaka
COHJU contemporary art, Asia Now, Paris
COHJU contemporary art, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney
COHJU contemporary art, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle
COHJU contemporary art, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney
COHJU contemporary art, Untitled, Miami
COHJU contemporary art, Art16, London
COHJU contemporary art, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

Awards

2017
2012
2008
2005
Scholarship, the 150th Anniversary of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations
Curators Award, The Open West
Bronze, Ceramic Design, The 8th International Ceramic Competition MINO, Japan
Silver, Ceramic Arts, The 7th International Ceramic Competition MINO, Japan