Jar with design of balloon vine

Artist: Miura Katsuo (Japan, born 1939)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1991
Porcelain with enamels over ivory glaze
H x Diam: 34.3 x 38 cm (13 1/2 x 14 15/16 in)
Japan, Ishikawa prefecture, Terai
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

The artist states: "The motif on this piece is the plant called balloon vine, which blooms in Japan in July and August.  I used sketches of the actual plant as the basis for this abstracted design. The most difficult aspect of the process was finding an appropriate way of combining the design with the vessel form. The actual flowers and foliage of the balloon vine are green, but I rendered the design in shades of yellow. The yellow enamel was fired to 850 degrees C., and the entire firing process, including cooling, took about thirty-six hours. Overfiring by just ten degrees causes the enamel to run, so the timing was crucial."

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