Artist: Shomura Ken (Japan, born 1949)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1992
Porcelain with pale blue glaze
Arita ware
H x W x D: 11.6 x 58.1 x 58.1 cm (4 9/16 x 22 7/8 x 22 7/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, pale blue glaze, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

According to the artist, "Carved lines that are soft yet sharp distinguish this piece. Carving is usually done with a blade, but I used the force of water. When the clay was leather hard, I brushed water-repellent resin over the areas I did not want to carve. Then I used a wet sponge to wipe away the unprotected areas to the desired depth.  The carving extends to the rim of the bowl and seems to reach beyond into space. I applied an understated pale blue glaze in order to give prominence to the carving."

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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