Art Scene

Touch­ing mem­ory in the clay

World Travel Magazine - - Contents -

Play­ing with porce­lain to cre­ate oth­er­worldly repli­cas of blos­som­ing na­ture, Hit­omi Hosono shares her in­spi­ra­tions on pot­tery and travel.

Grow­ing up with never-end­ing nat­u­ral in­spi­ra­tions in her home­town in the Gifu Pre­fec­ture, sur­rounded by rice fields and green moun­tains, Hosono’s hands mag­i­cally un­leash the spirit within the porce­lain, a bal­let of tex­ture and light.

On the in­spired use of Sprig Moulds to cre­ate pot­tery...

My tech­nique was ini­tially in­spired by Wedg­wood’s Jasper­ware, pi­o­neered by Josiah Wedg­wood over 200 years ago, in which thin ce­ramic re­liefs or ‘sprigs’ are ap­plied as sur­face dec­o­ra­tion to a piece.

My ear­li­est ex­pe­ri­ence speak­ing to clay…

It was prob­a­bly when I was a stu­dent at the Ta­jimi Tech­ni­cal High School when I started to en­gage with clay more cre­atively. I learnt the im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tics of clay to cre­ate new shapes and forms.

Spir­i­tu­al­ity in­flu­ences my work...

In touch­ing porce­lain clay, I find that my mem­o­ries of par­tic­u­lar as­pects of na­ture be­come re­alised through my hands; what was ab­stract and un­cer­tain in my mind be­comes tan­gi­ble through mak­ing –– Knead­ing, brush­ing, pat­ting, I com­plete many pro­cesses un­til the fi­nal shape emerges from the porce­lain clay, which em­bod­ies my tactile per­cep­tion of na­ture. Op­po­site, De­tail of A Very Large Ten­jiku Botan and

Nazuna Bowl, 2018 Moulded, carved and hand-built porce­lain with an in­te­rior of danc­ing sprigs

Creat­ing the Large Feather Leaves Bowl...

With more than 1,000 in­di­vid­u­ally carved porce­lain leaves, this piece was in­spired by na­ture from my home town in the Gifu Pre­fec­ture. My house is sur­rounded by rice fields and green moun­tains, which cre­ate gen­tle rustling sounds that have be­come part of the en­vi­ron­ment. I was sur­prised by the quan­tity of porce­lain leaves this piece re­quired to em­body the beauty of na­ture that I wished to ex­press.

My ex­pe­ri­ences and their ef­fects on the pot­tery cre­ation process…

From the time I was a small child I helped on my fam­ily’s rice farm and as­sisted with our vegetable gar­den­ing. These early ex­pe­ri­ences helped me un­der­stand that grow­ing food takes time as well as pa­tience and care. This in turn has had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on how I man­age such time-con­sum­ing pro­cesses in mak­ing my finely de­tailed work.

Porce­lain by any other name…

It has never oc­curred to me to use any other type of clay other than porce­lain. I re­ally fell in love with this ma­te­rial and in the fu­ture I would like to try work­ing with porce­lains from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

My favourite place to visit, to re­lax and re­ceive in­spi­ra­tion...

My home town, Gifu, is al­ways my favourite place to visit. There are end­less dis­cov­er­ies to be ab­sorbed.

My cur­rent in­spi­ra­tions…

I am fas­ci­nated by botan­i­cal forms; the veins of a leaf, the shape of its edges and the lay­er­ing of a flower’s petals. The green­ery in Lon­don is an un­end­ing source of in­spi­ra­tion where I have found in­ter­est­ing plants – study­ing the mi­cro­scopic de­tails, touch­ing to dis­cover the tex­ture and closely ex­am­in­ing the struc­ture. I place some of my work near the win­dow in my bed­room. The gen­tle light shin­ing through the win­dow shows the fine de­tail of my work beau­ti­fully.

The won­drous world of porce­lain...

While work­ing with porce­lain, I ex­am­ine my mem­o­ries of na­ture and find new ideas emerge. The porce­lain clay ap­pears to guide me into un­ex­pected dis­cov­er­ies that are de­vel­oped from my ini­tial ideas. This mag­i­cal ma­te­rial and all its end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties are so en­joy­able to work with. It en­ables me to go much fur­ther than just imi­tat­ing na­ture, al­low­ing me to weave new fea­tures into my work.

De­tail of A Tall Nazuna and English Daisy Vase, 2018 Moulded, carved and hand-built porce­lain with an in­te­rior of danc­ing sprigs

The porce­lain clay guides Hit­omo Honso into un­ex­pected dis­cov­er­ies

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Hong Kong

© PressReader. All rights reserved.