The innocent magnetism of throwing technique and refined beauty of form
■White porcelain high in the Three S's: Sharpness, Simplicity, and Shape
White porcelain is a type of ceramic which requires sharp molding with a sense of tension. The purity of the color white creates a feeling of cleanliness and freshness. The Three S's are very important with white porcelain. Sharp form, simple design, and exquisite shape. In order to create works with a potent combination of these three components, the artist strives for perfect harmony between form and the hue of the glaze.
The exquisite form of the white porcelain, sketched out on the wheel, is the epitome of splendor. Each item of tableware is handmade, so the curves and feel of each vary subtly. Enjoy a sense of warmth that can only be achieved through handcrafting.
■Made in: Japan
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: Seigo Nakamura
Arita, Saga Prefecture. In this area, the first place where white kaolin clay was discovered in Japan, the late Seiroku Nakamura established Seiroku Kiln in 1966. Like his grandfather, Seigo makes ceramics, with a focus on white porcelain. White porcelain has an innocent magnetism, requiring both skill with the potter's wheel and refined beauty of form.
"Put your soul into every piece, " is the creed and sentiment toward continued cultivation of white porcelain that he has inherited directly from his grandfather, Seiroku Nakamura.
■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.
Reviews on this item
No reviews on this item...