Tomohiro Kitagawa

White Porcelain Square Vessel with Frozen Water Design

  • Ceramics
  • Presented in 2021
  • H 27.6 x W 32.0 x D 32.0 cm
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1. "Frozen Water" in the title means the movement of water turning into ice and ice turning into water.
I thought of using the frozen water patterns to take advantage of the characteristics of the porcelain material, and from the thought that I was making my artwork in a snowy area, Hokkaido. In this series, I used icicles as the motif and tried to make a sharper and new form.
Icicles become fatter and longer as water slides down the surface in the cold, and small bumps and dips like bamboo knots are formed. In this piece, I didn't express the melting ice, but used icicles freezing and becoming longer as the motif.

2. About the form
On the outer side of the vessel, I tried to transfer the "face" without any shadows to the "lines" with shadows naturally.
In the same way, by chamfering the vessel with a four-sided bottom to three sides, engraving lines, naturally transferring to the roundness in the upper side, and finally bending the mouth of the vessel outwards, I transferred back from the "lines" to the "face" again with the top spreading towards the sky.

Category Ceramics
Year Presented 2021
Dimensions H 27.6 x W 32.0 x D 32.0 cm
Materials Porcelain clay
Exhibition The 61st East Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • White porcelain

    White porcelain is made from a pale clay of pulverized pottery stone coated in a transparent glaze. Porcelain from China’s Song dynasty is especially famous. Japanese production began in the early seventeenth century in Arita on the island of Kyushu. White porcelain is frequently used as a base for overglaze enamels (iro-e) and blue-and-white (sometsuke) ware.

Tomohiro Kitagawa

photo Tomohiro Kitagawa

Mainly producing white porcelain and tohakuji (pale pink porcelain). I use motifs of natural phenomenons that can be seen in the winter in Hokkaido such as icicles, ice and snow to create cooler and sharper designs. I try to make pieces with soft and warm designs using the technique I named tohakuji, which is inlaying metal on a white porcelain base. After firing, the inlayed metal and glaze create a gray-pink color.