© Reiko Uchytil 2018

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Reiko Uchytil

My journey with clay has been a life long one, I grew up in a potters studio. I am a second-generation artist. I find myself blessed and fortunate to study under master ceramicist, Miky and the late Steve Cunningham. (Aka Mom and Dad) I began doing shows in 2013 as an emerging artist at the Des Moines Arts Festival. I studied at the University of Iowa, receiving a BA in Health and Human Physiology, BA in Psychology, and a minor in Dance. But through it all I maintained my passion and love for art, particularly ceramics. I continue to explore the endless possibilities and versatility of clay. I am not a potter but an artist. Clay is my vehicle of choice to transport my imagination into the physical world.

My current predominant processes are achieved through Sgraffito and Mishima.  Sgraffito, “A form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in slip on ceramics before firing.” I love the bold graphicness of the black and white finish and to top it off by adding a pop of color. Through Mishima, I can create a similar boldness through an opposite way of thinking and working. Mishima is " a technique of inlaying slip, underglaze, or even clay into a contrasting clay body." This technique allows for extremely fine, intricate design work with hard, sharp edges that can be difficult to achieve in any other way.

I use two clay bodies, porcelain for my sgraffito and b-clay for sculpting. I finish my work in a cone 10 oxidation firing.

​In the end I assemble the pieces into whimsical conversation starters. I know I achieved something when someone has an emotional reaction to my work.

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Email: HelloImReiko@gmail.com

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Awards

2018 Best in Clay

Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Creator of Poetry Out Loud Trophies

 

 

2017 2nd in Sculpture
Midwest Salute to the Arts

 

2017 Best of Show
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair

 

 

2016 2nd in Sculpture
Midwest Salute to the Arts

 

 

2016 Morning Glory Project Award
Morning Glory Fine Art Show

 

 

2016 Best in Clay
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair

2015 Best in Sculpture

Midwest Salute to the Art

2015 Pear Project Award
Morning Glory Fine Art Show

 

2014 Best in Sculpture

Highland Art in the Park

2014 Merit Award
Art Sarben

 

2014 Merit Award
Valley Junction Art and Upcycle

 

2014 Best of Sculpture
Midwest Salute to the Arts

2018 AKAR Yunomi Show
 

2014 3rd Place Best of Show

Linn Creek Art Festival

2014 Best of 3D 1st Place

Hannibal Art Festival


 

2014 Best of 3D 2nd Place

Oskaloosa Art On the Square

2013- William Penn Purchase Award

Oskaloosa Art On the Square


 

2012,2013 participant as Emerging Artist in Des Moines Arts Festival


 

Participant in The Polk County Heritage Gallery: Global Views show

 

2018 Best in Clay

Bethesda Row Arts Festival

In The Studio

33799 Rockwood Ln, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA