Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan born 1971
Nagoya, Chubu, Aichi prefecture, Japan
Materials & Technique: ceramics, bowls, porcelain with underglaze cobalt painting
The porcelain bowls of Yoko Imada are wheel-thrown from clay from Japan’s traditional pottery region of Seto. Imada carves conical forms down to a refined thinness before applying a transparent white glaze over which she paints with cobalt pigments in gestural brushstrokes, her interpretation of the traditional gosu technique from Japan’s Arita region. This energetic graphic application brings a sense of visual dynamism to the minimalist form of this vessel.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design