Mariko Wada is a ceramic artist with a Japanese background, based in Aarhus in Denmark.

In the field of ceramics, she explores the relationship between expression and sensation using form, space, and tactility in different contexts. Mariko Wada presents unique spatial experiences to the public through her ceramic sculptures by focusing on the relation between ceramic objects and our bodily experience.

 Mariko Wada was born in Osaka, Japan, and since 1998 resided in Denmark. After graduating from the Kolding Design School in Denmark in 2006, she have had her base in Aarhus and worked with ceramic art internationally. She has received several international awards and grants. In 2017 she received a 3-year work grant from Danish Arts Foundation.

MARIKO WADA, born in Osaka, 1972


2001-2006     Design School Kolding, Department for Ceramics, Denmark
1991-1995     Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Aesthetics and Theory of Art. BA.

Selected exhibitions/projects (selected)

2019              The Biennale for Craft and Design. Nordatlantens Brygge, Copenhagen, DK
2018              NORDIC HANDS. Godsbanen, Aarhus, DK
2018              Track of Clay – on paper and in space.Gallery Klejn, Allinge, DK
2018              Ceramic Whispers.Charlotte Thorup Ceramics, Svaneke, DK
2018              L – Guirlanden.Museum of Ancient Art and Archaeology, Aarhus, DK
2018              About Clay. Fiskars, FI
2018              About a Vase.Ceramic Museum of Monteluop, ITA
2017              So Near and Yet So Far. (solo) PLADS artspace, Aarhus, DK
2017              TALISMAN – Magical Objects.CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Middelfart, DK
2017              Contemporary Japanese Crafts. Hjorts Keramik Museum, Rønne, DK
2016              Clay-body 2.16. Stadtgalerie im Elbeforum, Brunsbüttel, DE
2016              Time and Space. Galleri Pagter, Kolding, DK
2016              Ritual Voids.Officine Saffi. Milano, ITA
2015              Aquarium.Ann Linnemann Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2015              The Biennale for Craft and Design. Carlsberg,Copenhagen, DK
2015              HANDS+, CheongJu International Craft Fair, Cheoung Ju, ROK
2015              Aquarium. Galleri Ann Linnemann, Copenhagen, DK
2015              Révelations, Nordic stand, Grand Palais, Paris, FR
2013              Secrets.Gallery Pagter, Kolding, DK
2012              New Nordic Ceramics, Vendsyssel Art Museum, Hjørring, DK
2011              Borderland.(solo) International Ceramic Museum, Middelfart, DK
2009              Terra-Morphologia. (solo) Grønbechs Gaard. Bornholm, DK
2009              Europea Prize for Applied Arts 2009.Mons, Belgium, BE
2009              9th International Biennal of Ceramics.Museu de Cerámica de Manises, ES
2008              Taiwan Ceramics Biennale.Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, TW
2007-8           Danish Crafts Collection 11 & 12. ICFF, New York, US/ Ambiente, Frankfurt, DE/
                       Maison et Objet, Paris, FR


Danish Arts Foundation3-years working grant
Jens Ejnar & Johanne Larsen’s Fond
Municipality of Aarhus
Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, Knud Højgaard’s Fond
Danish Crafts
Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Almennyttige Fond
The Scandinavia – Japan Sasakawa Foundation
Esther and Jep Fink’s Memorial Foundation for Architecture and Arts and Crafts
L.F. Foghts Fond 


2017              Danish National Arts Foundation. Prize for ExhibitionTALISMAN
                       – Magical Objectsas a member of the artist group VERSUS.
2016              Anni & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Ceramics Prise, travel grant as a member of the artist group VERSUS
2013              Danish National Arts Foundation. Prize for Exhibition
                       Meditations on a Hobby Horseas a member of the artist group VERSUS.
2009              56th. Premio Faenza, 2nd. prize. International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Italy
                       Kunsthåndværkerprisen af 1879, bronze medal, Denmark


FIELD STATION SLAM. Ifö center, Bromölla, Sweden (2019)
EKWC, European Ceramic Work Center, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands (2015, 2017)
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan (2011)
Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør (2006)