A gaping amorphic form covered in the signature blue dots of Nakashima Harumi signed on bottom 1104 Haru: it is anything you want it to be, and yet nothing you have ever seen before. Quite large and a little hard to measure, it is roughly 53 x 33 x 43 cm tall (21 x 13 x 17 inches) and is in excellent condition, directly from the artist this spring.
Nakashima Harumi was born in Gifu prefecture, home of a long ceramic tradition, in 1950. He stidied at the Osaka University of Art and Design, graduating advanced studies there in 1973. Deeply influenced by the Avant garde Sodeisha group and specifically the work of his mentor Kumakura Junkichi, he set out not to create works that sell, but to create works which met some inner need. After several years in Shigaraki, he moved to Tajimi, near his hometown, in 1976, accepting a position at the Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center where he would remain employed until becoming head of the ceramics department at the Aichi Prefectural University of Education in 2003 where he would mentor a great many young artists who are now stars in the contemporary pottery realm (Hattori Makiko, Tanaka Tomomi etc). He was recipient of the prestigious Japan Ceramics Society Award in 2010. From 2014 he has served as head of the Ishoken Ceramics Research facility. Work by him is held in the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, 21st century Museum of Art in Kanazawa, Ibaragi Ceramic Art Museum, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Gifu, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Everson Museum of Art New York, Museum of Art and Design New York, The International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza in Italy, Hetjens Museum in Germany, as well as the China Ceramic Art Center in Shangyu andTsinghua University in Beijing, among many others.