Large Sukashi Ash White Plate by Tomoka Nomura

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These delicate ‘sukashi’ plates were completed by ceramicist Tomoka Nomura in her studio near Kasama.

Sukashi is a Japanese word for an open, transparent section - and that is the case for these plates with a carefully created pattern of holes running within them.

The surface decoration is achieved by ash glaze created from the ash of wood used to heat Nomura’s studio.

This is the large version of the plates in this series, and is 8cm high with a diameter of 23cm.

It weighs around 600g.

About Tomoka Nomura

Tomoka Nomura began her career in ceramics under the tutelage of Tatsuzō Shimaoka in 2003. One of the very few potters in post-war Japan to be recognised with ‘living national treasure’ status, the charismatic influence of Shimaoka can at times be seen in Nomura’s work. Most particularly this is true in the patterns she achieves by engraving into the pottery surface. Using a pottery chisel, she crafts each pattern individually in a process that takes time and contains risk of error. The glazes she uses often begin with burning selected pieces of wood in her studio fireplace to make ash as their base ingredient, and they reflect the explorations that begin here. The passage of time and a dedication to craft are visible in the work of Tomoka Nomura, who uses the range of techniques of a Japanese potter to create items that become gentle companions.

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