Knowing the materials and pursuing their limits Bluish White Porcelain Engraved Lines Cup
A work born from a dual approach which combines natural softness with firm sharpness and dignified presence.
Two approaches play a central role in creating this piece. The first technique is shaping it while the clay is still pliable after being formed on the potter's wheel. Transforming it while it is malleable can give it a natural softness, making it possible to pursue a new expression of porcelain, which often appears cold and hard. The other technique is making it thick, then boldly cutting into it, creating angles and planing surfaces, making the most of the porcelain's material characteristics. This is the reverse of seeking softness, aiming for sharpness, firmness, and dignified presence.
■Made in: Japan
※Both microwave oven and dishwasher can be used.
Traditional Arita ware is usually given decoration such as underglaze blue and overglaze enamel. As impurities in clay tend to emerge during firing, works of art were not created from unadorned white porcelain. As white porcelain displays its grace, warmth, and dignity through only its smooth, supple shapes, without relying on any decoration, perfection is sought after, and its form itself is said to be its decoration.
Artist: Jun Nakao
Throughout Arita ware's 400-year history, its technology, techniques, and attitudes toward the clay have been passed from person to person. Breathing modern sensibilities into this heritage, Nakao aims to create pottery with the beauty of form found at the intersection between history and modernity. By knowing the material of porcelain and pursuing its limits, he continues to seek to expand the potential of his work.
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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