Hideo Mabuchi – Red Lodge Clay Center

Hideo MabuchiMenlo Park, California

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Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2017

Hideo Mabuchi received an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University (1992) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology (1998).  He came to ceramics later in life, but it has become something like a second career for him – one that he strives to integrate and cross-pollinate with his teaching and research roles as a Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University.  He currently makes work in his home studio in Menlo Park, CA and has been wood-firing in recent years at Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology and at Utah State University.

Hideo Mabuchi works mainly in wood-fired stoneware.  He aims to create compelling things by traditional craft processes, guided by a materiality-driven aesthetic and a desire to let technique and serendipity lead while ideas emerge and manifest in the final stages of making.  An academic by profession, he wonders what it is to be a maker, researcher, scholar, and teacher all at once rather than by turns.  His overarching practice explores this question in the studio, laboratory, library, and classroom.