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Vessel

2002 Hideaki Miyamura Born: Niigata, Japan 1955 glazed porcelain 20 x 9 7/8 in. (50.8 x 25.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 2002.49 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


Luce Center Quote

"These glazes not only have a long and mysterious history . . . they also carry deep meaning in the art and philosophy of China as well as Japan." The artist, quoted in Ceramic Arts Daily, August 2010

Luce Center Label

Hideaki Miyamura's years of experience and ardent experimentation have led to new ceramic forms and glazes that are unique to his work. In Vessel, Miyamura emphasized the work's surface by creating highly polished bands across areas of raw texture. The iridescent glaze, like those seen in Chinese ceramics during the Song dynasty a thousand years ago, creates a subtle color effect that reacts to the viewing angle and light sources present. Miyamura's glazes evoke organic and geologic forms such as soap bubbles, insect wings, or natural minerals, as well as celestial bodies and even the voids of space.

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain