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Hashimoto Tomonari Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture
Please refer to our stock # 1435 when inquiring.
Sold, with thanks!
Sold, with thanks!
I have been wanting to introduce this young artist since last summer, one of the most interesting young people I have recently met, who is able to get fantastic reactions through his Raku style firing process. This is a perfect example, a slice of sphere with rust red and blue patterns waving across the surface like gas clouds on some distant moon. It is 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It comes enclosed in a signed wooden box titled: Untitled. In fact he does not title any of his work now, preferring to leave interpretation up to the viewer.
After hand forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Between 1000 and 1100 degrees, like Raku ware). Then he builds a brick oven around each piece and brings the temperature up to 500 degrees, and adds millet or rice husk, which carbonizes the surface, creating incredible colors and random patterns leaving the viewer with a feeling like rusted or heated metal. Although many of his works are monumental, we have requested him to create some things a bit easier to ship…
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated with a masters from the Kanazawa in March 2017, then relocated to Shigaraki. A visit to his humble home studio is eye opening. Although he comes across as shy in conversation, when you move on to the subject of art he is all confidence. He was named a finalist for the Loewe Craft Prize in 2019 and is already making international waves around Asia. He will make his Western debut in Spring 2020. Get pieces by him while you can!
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