Carving and piercing the porcelain after shaping on a wheel is done to create lines of light. However, this technique causes the base material to become fragile and increases the risk of cracking during molding. Although the design itself intends to create a sense of hardness and tension, curves are incorporated as a means of introducing softness to the piece. This artwork is a moderate mixture of tension expressed by the carving and "Hotarude" lines with comfortable 1/f fluctuation expressed by light and curves and a soft atmosphere by the bluish white color of the porcelain glaze.
Porcelain Celadon, Hotarude(a decorative technique)
Signature stamped on the bottom
H 12cm, W 12cm, H 15cm
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This is an artwork created using a traditional decorative technique called "Hotarude". This technique originated in Chinese Ming Dynasty, and is a procdure where the carved base material is filled with transparent glaze. "Hotarude" works typically have patterns with round holes. However, the artist was moved by a vision of beaming light breaking through the clouds and aimed to achieve the "ultimate line" using "Hotarude".
【Review】By Arisumi Mitamura, President of the Jury
This work is simply beautiful. The original technique of the Chinese Ming Dynasty, called "Hotarude" is a technique which originally makes only a small round hole. It is actually a very difficult process to make a slit into a large arc on a potter’s wheel with molded ceramics. Then upon completion, the ceramic piece is filled with transparent glaze. He has masterfully perfected a shape which harnesses light shining through the blue-white porcelain glaze in an absolutely splendid manner.