Tamae Frame was born and raised in Japan. She studied drawing, painting, and jewelry design and worked as a fashion jewelry designer in Tokyo. Tamae started producing her own jewelry since she moved to the U.S. in 1992. Her signature works were figurative pieces in one-of-a-kind jewelry and were sold in numerous galleries and art fairs.

Her artistic life started to change when she had an epiphany in 2004; a memory of touching clay suddenly rose up into her mind, something that she had only experienced once in her distant past. Tamae took it as a sign--a call to her soul--and knew that creating figurative works in clay was the new direction that she should take. Shortly after, she began to take sculpting workshops and classes and became immersed in teaching herself in the art of ceramic.

Tamae's life long interest in spirituality and psychology has influenced her work. She follows her creative urge to express her inner feelings and convey those aspects into her ceramic sculptures.

Tamae has been showing her work in gallery shows and juried exhibitions, and her work was awarded the Juror's Best In Show at The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon in 2013 and the Small Work Award at White River Museum, Auburn, Washington in 2016. In addition, her sculptures are featured in the book called "Contemporary Sculptors: 84 International Artists."


Artist Statement

It is my nature to create through touch. The tactile sensations on my hands are the guide for constructing in clay; an image on my mental screen is the impetus for creating my sculpture. I induce myself into an intuitive mode when I begin pushing hard on the clay coils and my fingers leave their traces on the surface as I build upward.

I have a strong inclination to juxtapose dissimilar elements in my sculptures. The essence of my work lies in contrasts: smooth vs. rough surfaces, dark vs. bright colors, figurative vs. abstract forms. They represent the complexity in my subject. In addition, I have extended this concept by incorporating my ceramic pieces with non-ceramic objects, such as feathers, therefore adding another characteristic into my work.

A visual image for my work manifests spontaneously in my mind from a combination of my thoughts, feelings, and imagination. Then I pursue the process of sculpting that image in clay when I become genuinely interested in the concept. My aim is to transform my personal matters into an interpersonal theme by symbolizing the subject into a sculptural form. In this process, I fulfill my intention to seek a connection with another human being on a deeper level.