Osaka, Japan born 1946
Shin shou fuuke (Impression of landscape)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases jars, glazed porcelain, clay slip, iron oxide, carbonate wheel-thrown, glazed porcelain, added clay slip with iron oxide and carbonate painting
Mitsuo Shoji, one of Australia’s most influential immigrant ceramicists, developed this work with a strong relationship to both Japanese and Western ceramic traditions. Illustrating an engagement with the Australian landscape, Shoji’s knowledge and practice of Japanese ink painting is evident in this work, an interpretation of the blossom jar, a familiar form in Japanese ceramics. Shoji paints with thick liquid clay slip to build uneven surfaces on the pot which are then over-painted with expressive and energetic brushed glazes with a strong graphic orchestration of colours.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design