This porcelain flower vase was created by an emerging Japanese ceramic artist, Shoh Araya. The natural plant ash glazes turn indigo blue. We think that the craquelure on the surface is tasteful in the middle part of the flower vase, where the glazes drop and the fine craquelure reflects light.
Diameter: 144 mm / 5.7 inches
Height: 273 mm / 10.7 inches
Weight: 1,400 grams / 49.4 oz
Born in 1988, Shoh Araya graduated from Tsukuba University’s School of Arts and Design in 2013. He then earned a master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts with a focus on ceramics. He worked for Myofukuji Temple’s Kogure Kiln from 2013 to 2017. He became independent and started his kiln in Kanazawa in 2017. Kanazawa is located in the middle of Japan and is one of the key areas of ceramic art traditionally.
Araya has held solo exhibitions at art galleries, such as the Gallery Tosei in Osaka in 2014, Yamani Otsuka in Tochigi in 2014, and Gallery Saika in Ibaraki in 2015. He participated in the Kogei Art Fair of Kanazawa in 2017.
He has held group exhibitions regularly. Those include the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, Torindo in the Aoyama area of Tokyo, Sokyo in Kyoto, and Yamanoue Gallery in Kanazawa.
Araya specializes in making porcelain using natural plant ash glazes. His process of making a porcelain flower vase is as follows: make a flower vase on a potter’s wheel, glaze it with plant ash glazes, and fire it at about 1,250 degrees Celsius.
Araya aims to make modern porcelain using traditional Japanese ash glazes. He tries to create porcelain which has simple and natural taste. His porcelain works usually have fine craquelure on the surface. His works were collected and exhibited by several Japanese corporations. He is considered to be one of Japan’s most promising, emerging contemporary ceramic artists.
There are potter’s calligraphy and signature on the box which contains this flower vase. We will send it to you separately.