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Description

Works which pursue beauty through original shaping techniques and a focus on glazing

Designed using the artist's unique modeling technique, which leverages his great throwing skills, with jet black and lapis lazuli glazes. It was made using Amakusa pottery stone and fired at 1,300°C.

■Color: White
■Size: H2.9cm×W16cm×D16cm
■Material: Porcelain
■Made in: Japan
※Both microwave oven and dishwasher can be used.
Artist: Akio Momota

Between 1647 (Shoho 4) and 1871 (Meiji 4), Momota's ancestors were under the administration of Sarayama Magistrate's Office in Arita, Nabeshima Domain, working at the kiln. One of his ancestors received an award for a richly colored eight-foot-tall Somenishiki vase exhibited at Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Momota has inherited this passion for pottery, becoming a noted young artist who pursues his own unique style, with attention to both form and glazing. Born into the family of a longstanding ceramics wholesaler in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Momota was brought up surrounded by pottery. Based on the policy that it is technique that sustains Arita's traditional crafts, he passes on the message of "beauty backed by technique," while also pursuing original forms. His style is characterized by inspiration drawn from the natural world. In 1991, he began to study throwing, and became independent in 1995. In 2015, he opened in blue Akatsuki.

Arita, Saga Prefecture

Arita became the birthplace of Japanese porcelain when its raw material, pottery stone, was discovered there 400 years ago. As the porcelain was shipped out from Imari, it was also known as "Imari ware." From the 1650s, the Dutch East India Company began to export Arita ware to countries in areas including Southeast Asia and Europe. At the time, Europe was not able to make the kind of porcelain found in China and Arita, so owning porcelain was a status symbol among royalty and nobility. Even today, the Arita ware that can be found in nobles' collections, fit for a palace, is called "IMARI" and is very highly regarded.


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