An exquisite piece, hand-thrown on the wheel by artist Mizuyo Yamashita. This cylindrical form is compact and lightweight. The surface features a stone-like, natural appearance. It has rich chocolate brown hues, with lighter flecks as a result of the combination of clays she uses - a mix of stoneware, porcelain and stone grains. This work is unglazed on the interior, and has a raised opening. Mizuyo skilfully carves each vase with a chisel, a popular Japanese process called Kezuri.
She applies an ancient technique of Japanese 'shinogi', whereby the surface of the clay is scraped away line by line to form ridges. The satin black glaze finish is then applied.
About the Artist
Mizuyo Yamashita is a London based ceramicist.
Mizuyo is strongly inspired by the everyday use of lifestyle products, creating hand thrown small objects on the potter’s wheel, blending three different types of clay and glazed in natural muted tones.
Originally inspired by English and French stoneware jars, Mizuyo began creating their miniature forms, gradually changing their designs and surface decoration.
Using surfacing treatment techniques, popular in Japan, such as shinogi, mishima and kohiki, with the aim of creating pieces to match modern European interior design. Mizuyo's forms display an interesting combination of the artists inspirations and influences.