Mysterious creatures with bizarre yet amusing expressions. Sawada kneads the clay and dexterously affixes it to a base with his slender fingertips. The repetition of these actions, which he continues without ever slowing down, covers the surface with countless protrusions. In the beginning, he made small pieces in simpler forms, but his works have gradually grown in size to become a decorative and shamanistic style reminiscent of Jomon pottery. His works are produced through simple, earnest physical actions that remind us of primitive art forms and a sense of universality that exists beyond time. Even now, he not only visits a welfare center while working another job, but he also continues to visit his kiln in the mountains around Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, three times a week without fail. His work has received considerable international acclaim, having been nominated for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Born in 1982 in Shiga Prefecture, where he currently resides. Sawada works at the Ritto Nakayoshi Studio at the Nakayoshi Fukushi-kai social welfare corporation and continues to make pottery three times a week at the facility’s workshop. His work, reminiscent of Jomon pottery, has been exhibited at many exhibitions in Japan and abroad. His work has received considerable international acclaim, having been nominated for the 55th Venice Biennale (Italy) in 2013 and added to the public collections of the Collection de l'Art Brut (Switzerland), the Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, and the Nippon Foundation.