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Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Koji Miyazaki - Born in 1967 in Oita, Japan.

In 1988, I graduated from "Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery". I studied jewellery design and making, stone grading, retail layout and design. After graduation, I travelled to England, and worked for a jewellery company.

In 1991 I immigrated to New Zealand, and in 1993 opened Form Gallery during which time I have also been producing and developing my own contemporary jewellery.

Since beginning work in New Zealand, my work has been represented in more than 14 group and solo exhibitions throughout the country. I was invited to submit work for "Turangawaewae", a national exhibition of selected contemporary New Zealand jewellers. The arrival of world leaders and their entourages for APEC in 1999, saw one of my pieces chosen as a gift for Chelsea Clinton. In 2000, I had a successful exhibition of my jewellery at Mozu Gallery in Osaka.

In my work I use silver, gold, pearls and sometimes sand. When I am making a piece of jewellery, I start out with an idea - something I want to express. Next I put my design onto paper, and then I experiment with different materials and methods in order to translate my ideas into actuality. I enjoy the design process and seeing the finished piece made. Through this process, I am able to establish the origin of the idea and its meaning or story.

In my work I want to achieve balance and harmony (Wabi-Sabi). I am also concerned with learning new techniques and improving my craft. My life concerns are balance and harmony in all things, especially between my two cultures, and applying this to all aspects of my life.

Artist Statement

I enjoy the idea of people using my work to entertain themselves, matching pieces to moods, feelings or occasions as a kind of personal theatre.

Working in New Zealand is wonderful for artists because of its isolation and unique mix of cultures. Here I can experience a freedom, hard to find elsewhere, where I can draw equally on my own culture and those of my new home, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

To me, the following beliefs are fundamental to all the pieces I design; 'People need to imagine', 'to feel in their hearts', and 'to give thanks '.

On a day to day basis, we don't really notice the differences between 'Past, present and future', however, if we step back and look at the bigger picture, we are able to feel the differences that time brings.

These differences, unique for each one of us, come from such things as nature, people and things - objects. In my case, these are snapshots from my memory and in recalling these memories, it is not just the main image, but the texture, colours and fine details of the whole that are vivid. It is these memories that I use as a base for my designs. I link the things I am thinking of with the essence of my early childhood background and the stories of old, that I used to hear when I was a little boy.

Finally, I like to think of my work being Wabi-Sabi - a concept of using traditional Japanese form and harmony.

Wabi: the quietness of artistic attraction, quiet elegance
Sabi: elegant simplicity, a traditional simple look.