On the trip to see the Mino exhibition with Kanazawa College of Art, we stopped in at the Sakazuki (Sake Cup) Museum and gallery. Seiko Wakasugi is a previous prize-winner at Mino, and I have enjoyed her work since first encountering it on the Utsuwa Note blog. Her delicate and beautiful forms reference geometry and nature, and are slip-cast in a translucent bone-china porcelain, which she then gently hand finishes – softening the lips and carving the feet – before firing unglazed to vitrification. In her bio on Bottega Veneta, she likens their sinewy and sensual curves to the crisp lines of Nihonga (Japanese painting)
A small sake cup, like the one in the image below, came home with me.
image via: http://utsuwanote.exblog.jp/14070673/