Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan born 1946
Nagoya, Chubu, Aichi prefecture, Japan
Materials & Technique: ceramics, porcelain with celadon glaze
Traditional celadon glazed porcelains are celebrated for their thin and sharp form, but Masamichi Yoshikawa uses this as a point of departure to create architectural forms. Building precise clay slabs and interlocking them in the manner of traditional Japanese joinery, he creates enigmatic forms that are part building and part vessel. The seihakuji glaze pools and runs into crevices in the work, unifying the composition, adding a crystalline calmness. An underglaze cobalt sometsuke abstract line drawing underneath the work adds a secret visual energy to the composition.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design