Iwao Shinno

Bowl with celadon glaze and raised clay line decoration.

  • Ceramics
  • Presented in 2019
  • H 18.5 / ø 46.5 cm
  • Sold Out

I make slip from china clay and brush on layers of the slip to decorate. Then I push out the rim from the inside towards the outside and decorate the piece on both the inside and outside so that the brushed on layers of clay slip are not only a decoration on the outside. The decorations on the inside and outside are connected and integrated as a whole.

Category Ceramics
Year Presented 2019
Dimensions H 18.5 / ø 46.5 cm
Exhibition The 66th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Celadon

    Celadon (seiji) is a light blue-green pottery, usually porcelain or stoneware, produced by reduction firing a transparent glaze containing iron oxide. By restricting or eliminating the supply of oxygen to the kiln, the reduction firing process causes the iron in the glaze to turn bluish-green.

Iwao Shinno

photo Iwao Shinno

My technique is to turn china clay into slip and brush on many layers to give strong figurative expressions; I have coined the term tsuiji (layered clay) to describe this technique. My major style of work is seiji (celadon), hakuji (white porcelain), and seihakuji (pale blue porcelain) on which line patterns are layered to best show figurative expressions. The lines created by the tsuiji technique flow from the inside to the outside through the rim to connect the inner and outer decoration; in this approach, I am aware of the integration of figurative arts where the tsuiji technique is not confined to simple surface decoration. In my work I aim to express stillness and motion by creating forms and clay lines embodying tension and relaxation, and also capture the play of faint light and shadow on the body. I pursue an overall harmony in my work without losing the dynamic contrast of these two opposing elements.