Feats of Clay
In September 2018, Japan House had on display 'A Very Large Oval Nazuna Vase' by Japanese ceramicist and sculptor Hosono Hitomi.
Hosono’s works of art are well known for their intricate botanical designs and leaves sculpted on bowls and vases. Each leaf is carefully sculpted into a mould and slowly applied to a hand-thrown base. Hosono Hitomi's art can be defined as a bridge uniting British porcelain techniques and Japanese attention to detail together with a sense of the spiritual presence of the worker during the making process.
Often the memories we bring from childhood are carved in our subconscious being. This thought perfectly relates to Hosono’s creative evolution.
Hosono Hitomi at work. Images courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London
Currently London-based, Hosono Hitomi was born in 1976 in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, an area well-known in Japan for its rich heritage in ceramics. As the daughter of rice farmers, and granddaughter of a plaster and ceramic worker, Hosono spent much of her childhood surrounded by tiles, pottery and rice fields.
The unique sounds and undulating shapes, made by the autumn wind in the rice fields, were in fact some of the first inspirations that still continue to bring poetry to each tendril of her works.
Hosono studied Ceramics at Kanazawa College of Art, where she developed her knowledge of the Kutani ceramic tradition of Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, an area famed for its production of the high-quality gold leaf.
Yellow gold leaf interior of 'A Wisteria Box', 2016. Image courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London
She then continued her artistic training in Copenhagen and finally in London, where she Studied an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. It was not until she came to England and spent a few weeks as an intern at Wedgwood Factory that she started learning the 250-year-old Jasperware technique of ‘sprigging’, which laid the groundwork for her work evolving from ceramics to include more sculptural forms.
Hosono Hitomi at Wedgwood Studio holding her 'Shoka Vase' as part of the Wedgwood Collection, (2018). Images courtesy of World of Interiors.
In 2018 she was chosen to be the first-ever artist-in-residence at Wedgwood, where she developed her own take on the iconic British brand’s classic designs.
From the left 'Shoka Vase', 2018. Image courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London. 'Green Daisy Vase' 2018. Image courtesy of Mark Duckett.