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Made in Brazil

By Kimi Nii Of clay

Description Beautiful vase evokes organic influences in its nuanced color and contoured form.

Dimensions 9" W x 3½" D x 13" H

Availability Generally ships within 2 weeks.


Price: $215.00



Kimi was born in Japan and moved to Brazil, home to a large Japanese immigrant community, as a child.  She completed her studies in industrial design.  For over 25 years, Kimi has created high-temperature ceramics with distinctive forms.  Her career features sculptures of abstract pieces as well as utilitarian objects, including vases and tableware.  Kimi's collections demonstrate a strong link between the geometric and the organic and clear influences from her Japanese background.  She finds her inspiration in nature, especially in tropical plants, which beauty is expressed through the exquisite shapes, forms and colors of Kimi's pieces.  One of the most important aspects of high-temperature handmade ceramics is appreciating the subtle variations resulting from the painstaking design and kilning process that render each creation unique and rich.

The largest Japanese community outside of Japan is located in Brazil.  Estimated at over 1.5 million, 75% of Japanese-Brazilians, or "Nipo-Brasileiros", reside in São Paulo, with a significant community in Parana as well.  In 2008, Brazil celebrated the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil.  Early immigrants worked largely on Brazilian coffee plantations, making significant contributions to Brazil's agricultural roots.  Japanese immigrants brought with them and preserved many important elements of their heritage, including a focus on the family nucleus, culture and education.  Many of these traditions and contributions to Brazilian society include agricultural and fishing techniques.  The Japanese also introduced a notable variety of fruit species and other foods to Brazil.  As Japanese descendants moved increasingly to urban areas over the years, families often established small businesses such as stores and the community grew in prominence in commerce and finance industries.  By the late 1980s, 80% of Japanese Brazilians lived in urban zones, but they are still strongly associated Brazil's agricultural legacy.