Flat Bowl by Ken Shōji
These bowls are completed in a textural glaze that forms part of Japanese ceramicist Ken Shōji’s exploration of the colour black. Rich, and hard to achieve, the finish completely covers the surface of the work. Within this absence of colour Shōji finds shades.
The bowls are low and flat, with a Japanese style kodai (foot) at their base. Food or objects placed within could find their own tint from the black of the surface.
Kasama based Ken Shōji, has a materials focussed style in ceramics heavily influenced by the traditional training received on moving to the town from his home in Miyagi, northern Japan. Through his use of the ‘uwae’ overpainting technique he delivers new textures and shades to pieces that have already been fired. This achieves results respected by fellow ceramicists, and loved by those seeking original and striking canvases for food or flower presentation.
The bowls are 17.5cm in diameter, and around 5.3cm high.