This vase was created by an emerging Japanese ceramic artist, Manami Okayasu. It can be appreciated as a ceramic object and used as a vase for dried flowers.
Diameter: 157 mm / 6.2 inches
Height: 145 mm / 5.7 inches
Diameter of the opening part on top: 2 mm / 0.1 inches
Weight: 1 kg / 35.3 oz
Born in 1984 in Fukui Prefecture (the Japan Sea coastal area next to Kyoto), Okayasu graduated from the Arts Department of Kyoto Saga University of Arts in 2007. She was a research associate focusing on ceramic art at Kyoto Saga University of Arts from 2009 to 2012.
Okayasu held solo exhibitions at the Takashimaya Department Store in Kyoto in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015, Art Salon Yamaki in 2016, Sophora Kyoto in 2017, the Kobe Daimaru Department Store Art Stage in 2018 and the Kyoto Ceramic Center in 2019.
She held group exhibitions at Gallery Nagai in 2009, Torindo Tokyo in 2010, the Kyoto Craft Biennale in 2010, the Takashimaya Department Store in Kyoto in 2014, 2015 and 2017, Gallery Utsuwakan in 2018 and the Arita International Ceramics Competition in 2018.
Okayasu aims to make modern ceramic art based on traditional Japanese and Asian ceramic techniques. She is inspired by ceramic works such as the celadon of China and the white porcelain of Korea. She tries to make new types of ceramics and currently creates vases that usually have dotted patterns made of glazes. She squeezes glazes from a tube onto the surfaces of her ceramics one by one manually. (This method is called Icchin in Japanese.) These patterns are seen in her vases and ceramic objects.
Icchin is a method of painting or putting glazes directly on the surface of ceramics. By squeezing glazes from a tube onto the surface of a ceramic piece, a three-dimensional effect is produced.
Her process of making this vase is as follows: make a vase on a potter’s wheel, biscuit-fire it, polish it, put glazes on its surface and make dotted patterns, and fire it at 1,200 degrees Celsius.
Okayasu is considered to be one of Japan’s leading, emerging ceramic artists. Her works are often exhibited at contemporary art galleries in Japan.
It is recommended not to put water in this vase because the inside of the vase is not glazed. Therefore, we recommend that a single dried flower be placed in it.
We can also send separately a traditional wooden box for this vase with the potter’s signature on the box.