Flow Pattern Pot with Lid by Tomoka Nomura

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This pot with a lid is by ceramicist Tomoka Nomura, who is based near Kasama.

The rhythmical, flow patterns on the surface are achieved by hand, and recall the ceramicist’s training with the late Tatsuzō Shimaoka.

The pot is 11cm in diameter and 6.5cm high. It weighs 450g.

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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