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Large bisque porcelain bowl, with one thousand individual sprig-moulded leaves attached to the vessel structure.
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Diameter: 48.50 centimetres
Height: 46 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hosono Hitomi created this bowl in her studio in in Westbourne Grove, London and it is her largest to date. The work took her over six months to complete. Hosono first created the basic form on a wheel and then painstakingly attached one thousand leaves. The leaves are made from a sprig mould she made from leaves taken outside of her studio but reworked into her own form. She applied the leaves from the top of the vessel downwards, using chopsticks to attach them in the base of the interior, giving them a natural feel as if they were gently rustling in the wind. One must gaze inside the vessel to gain the full effect.
Hosono is a brilliant example of the strength of a current generation of transnational artists, who keep their national identity intact while growing from experiences acquired outside their homeland. Born in the potting town of Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture in Japan and schooled in ceramic art at the prestigious Kanazawa College of Art, she then studied in Copenhagen before finishing her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art, London, having also apprenticed at Wedgwood. Hosono combines the strength of these various experiences with her own vision and love of nature to form inspirational works that redefine the boundaries of Japanese art in the 21st century.
While very much a modern work, Hosono’s vessel form is uncannily reminiscent of Middle Jomon period flame pots from Niigata Prefecture. Her work helps define Japanese artistic production in the present and back through the past.
The vessel was displayed at COLLECT by Adrian Sassoon Gallery, 10-13 May 2013.
(N. C. Rousmaniere, Sep. 2013)
- On display (G93/dc8)
- Exhibition history
2013 Oct - , BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
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