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Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan born 1971

Sei (Purity) 2014 Place made: Nagoya, Chubu, Aichi prefecture, Japan
Materials & Technique: ceramics, bowls, porcelain with underglaze cobalt painting

Dimensions: 21.0 h 30.2 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2015
Accession No: NGA 2015.920
  • Purchased 2015
  • 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