Shimane Prefecture, Japan born 1958
Kigen (Genesis) no 1
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, stoneware, glazed glazed stoneware
Ken Mihara works with his local Izumo clay, exploring its unique texture and high iron content. The archaeology and Shinto culture of the region provides inspiration for this work, which has a sense of the excavated remnant. Mihara achieves eroded surface effects through multiple firing of the work, with repeated grinding back of surfaces to expose new sections to the further effects of flame. This folded form derives from the aesthetics of paper origami, while its striations and texture evoke the mountainous ravines and rock surfaces of Mihara’s environment.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design