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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 London and it is her largest to date. The work took her over 6 months to complete. Hosono first created the basic form on a wheel and then painstakingly attached by hand and chopsticks one thousand individually adapted sprig-mould leaves to give the impression to the viewer that they are 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 learnt 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 what is Japanese art in the 21st century.
While very much a modern work, Hosono’s vessel form is uncannily reminiscent of Middle Jômon period flame pots from Niigata Prefecture. Her work helps define Japanese artistic production present and back through the past.
(N. Rousmaniere, Sep. 2013)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 Oct - , BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
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