As if dragged from the ocean floor, the calcified form of this star shaped shell glistens with foggy blue inside, capturing the heart of the sea from which it came. It is dark and murky near the rim,the color of ocean plants. A superlative bowl by Koike Shoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Luster-sai Kai-no-Wan.
Size, D 14.5 cm H 10.6 cm
Born in 1943, Shoko graduated Japan’s top art school (the Tokyo University of Art) in 1969. Eschewing the world of public Exhibition, Shoko has concentrated on private venues and museums. Her list of exhibitions both within Japan and out is extensive, with works in any number of important public and private collections including the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo. For more on this artist see Soaring Voices (2007) or Touch Fire (2009)