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Yamashita shapes this form by hand on the potter’s wheel, blending three different types of clay and glazed in natural muted tones. She then 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.
A striking black miniature flagon with an elegant elongated handle. It is delightfully tactile due to its matte black texture and is fully functional. It is a perfect demonstration of Mizuyo Yamashita's ability to combine sculptural and functional properties in her pieces.
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.
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.