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Fruit

Ceramics
ORIGIN
Tokyo
SIZE
Φ143 x H94 mm
MATERIAL
Porcelain stone

The profound white world

The soft, expansive shape sure looks exactly like bounteous fruit – the fragile yet powerful beauty of natural life.

This work, “Fruit,” composed of flowing curves, is formed using a casting technique known as ikomi and carefully carved to perfection. Although created with a mold, there is no uniformity in the shadows that fall on the matte white surface of the vessel, further accentuating the sense of three-dimensionality created by the light. The profundity of white porcelain can be seen in the organic expression of “Fruit” as it stands quietly amidst ever-changing time.

White porcelain was developed in China in the 6th century, and many masterpieces were produced during the Northern Song Dynasty. Its pure and innocent whiteness was widely admired. In the early modern period, it was also produced in Japan and Europe, and is still loved in many parts of the world today. I am convinced that the white porcelain works created by Nami Takahashi, who studied ceramic techniques in both Japan and Italy, will push the beauty of white porcelain itself, built up through history, to a new stage.

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