Nao Matsunaga

(1980 -)
Nao Matsunaga studied at the University of Brighton (1999 - 2002) on the 'Wood, Metal, Ceramic and Plastic' course, and completed his MA in Ceramic and Glass at the Royal College of Art
 in 2007. In 2013 he was the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award
, and of the Jerwood Makers Open
 in 2012.


Working with clay, wood and other materials, Nao Mastsunaga makes sculpture imbued with a primal spirit. Its potency derives from a sense of the special, of objects beyond the everyday, charged with power. Cultural reference points are diverse, reflecting his Anglo-Japanese experience as well as a part-nomadic practice based around international residencies ranging from Arizona to Norway. His working processes respond directly to the material in hand. Often methodical and repetitive, these allow space for the subconscious to come into play, and for the material itself to guide the outcome.


Matsunaga's work can be found in public collections including Crafts Council, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the York Museum and Art Gallery, York. He has shown nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.