Jamaica Plain Open Studios Gallery

Elaine Yoneoka

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church



“The art of my work is to take the materials of clay and glaze and transform them into light, texture and color. There is always movement in my work to express the mystery of life, always changing and flowing. Yet my intention is to evoke contemplation, a stillness, and a sense of peace for the viewer.”

I create my ceramic pieces by using a special firing method called raku. Raku was originally developed by a Korean potter 300 years ago to make ware for the Japanese tea ceremony. Each piece is heated very quickly to 18000F, pulled out of the kiln and is put into a container filled with combustible materials. These immediately burst into flames when the hot ceramic piece touches it. The container is covered and left to smoke and cool. The fire and smoke react with metals in the glaze to give a unique combination of various colors and flashings on each piece.


I am originally from New York City and graduated from Oberlin College with honors. I have shown my work around the country and overseas in galleries and museums including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and London. I have done some collaborative public art, locally at the Orange Line Ruggles Street station with Paul Goodnight and Emanuel Genovese, as well as the Brookline District Court House.

I completed an installation for Haymarket People’s Fund, and have been artist in residence at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, at Do While Studio in Boston, and in the Chicago Public Schools through the Urban Gateways Program.

Business Name: Yoneoka Studio
Phone: 617-524-4673
Email: eyart@aol.com

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