Akitsu ORII

Japanese multidisciplinary artist raised in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. She moved to Paris in 2011 to pursue a career as an early music performer (specializing in flute) in Europe and Japan. She practiced classical Japanese arts, such as incense and tea ceremony in parallel to her life as a musician.

Akitsu's artistic direction changed from music to clay after she moved from Paris to Marseille, south of France, for the birth of her daughter. This drastic life change motivated her to translate her world of sound, a formless realm, into the physical realm of ceramics. Her ceramic works are inspired by the harmonies and divergences in Japanese classical arts and early Western music aesthetics.

Since October 2022, Akitsu has been an artist-in-residence at Pièce à Part, Marseille, where she presented her inaugural exhibition, 'Kangaroo Raku,' in 2023, featuring Raku ware created in Australia.
She commenced teaching the multidisciplinary art of kōdō (Way of Incense) in 2021 and conducts incense gatherings and demonstrations in Europe, Australia, and Japan.