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This eye-catching porcelain composition covered in red-glaze and highlighted with sensational gold-leaf inlay is an iconic design often employed by Ono Hakuko.
Ono Hakuko (1915 -1996) is an important figure in the world of Japanese ceramics and one of the only women in the field to gain wide acclaim and recognition for her work. Taught mainly by her father from a young age, Hakuko later found inspiration in the works of Living National Treasure Kato Hajime (1900 - 1968) whose style she was heavily influenced by. When first trying to replicate his works of porcelain and gold, Hakuko met with many failures but eventually mastered this extremely delicate technique and later innovated on it by creating her own distinct style of gold-leaf underglaze. Over the course of her career she won a number of awards and prizes including the Japan Ceramics Prize in 1981 and the title of Saga Prefecture Important Intangible Cultural Asset in 1992.
This piece is 4.5 inches in diameter (11.4 cm) and stands 3 inches tall (7.6 cm). It bears the artist’s signature in gold-leaf on the side of the bowl and comes with the original tomobako with Hakuko’s signature and seal. In addition, the piece comes with a protective cloth bearing the artist’s seal and two inserts written in Japanese. One insert warns to only wash gently and to avoid cleaning agents, while the other insert details Hakuko’s history as a potter. Fully insured international shipping is included in the price.