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Materials: Clay dug from the mountains near Masako's home in Kyoto
Method: Hand thrown
This delicate tea bowl, finely handcrafted by artist Masako Nakagami, exhibits a rounded, full-bellied form, with a fine, thin rim. Its delicate and masterfully balanced weight when cupped in the hand renders it a joy to both use and admire. Its rough glazing, patterned with fine texture and tracks reminiscent of rainfall, display tonal shifts - oscillating between areas of rich ink-black depth to moments of smoke grey softness. The unglazed bottom exhibits the original rough clay body of its material beginnings.
Masako Nakagami’s new November 2022 collection for Maud & Mabel exemplifies the artist’s masterful handling of her material to hand-craft teaware of impactful beauty, both in form and surface texture. The collection is crafted from clay dug from the mountains near Nakagami’s home in Kyoto, and in this way an inherent connection to place and environment is established, with the work speaking implicitly through their material form of Nakagami’s sustained meditation on nature as a driving force of inspiration for her artistic practice. Timeless pieces to bring the natural world to your table.
About the Artist:
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Masako Nakagami is an artist working in ceramics. Following four years living and working in the UK, and a period of travels through Spain, Nakagami moved back to her birthplace. Here and across Japan she held acclaimed solo and group exhibitions. She now exports her highly sought after ceramics throughout the world and runs classes from her working studio. Nakagami works in a range of techniques including hand building and wheel throwing. Her ceramics are largely crafted from clay dug from the mountains around her studio. Inspired principally by the world around her and the movements within it, natural forms are explored heavily in the recurring flowing lines of Nakagami’s ceramics, which draw on patterns repeated and exemplified within the natural world. Mimicking the movements of nature that surround her studio, her preference for lines with fluidity and dynamism recalls the flow of rivers and streams that lie in the local area.