June 24 2013
Hitomi Hosono only graduated from the Royal College of Art four years ago, but her delicate ceramic vessels with their intricate decorative surfaces are already catching the attention of cultural tastemakers. Her works have previously been snapped up by such august institutions as the Victoria and Albert Museum and Adrian Sassoon Gallery, and on Tuesday June 25 the doors will open on her first major solo exhibition at the exclusive Chambers Club in London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Here, visitors will be able to admire, fall in love with and buy porcelain pieces such as Wisteria Tower (£5,900), Shirakawa bowl (£4,200) and the dramatic Black Wisteria Box with its gold-leaf interior (pictured, £2,500).
The exhibition forms part of the inaugural Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon prize, an award Hosono won in April this year. The prize is a new philanthropic initiative launched by the French champagne marque to celebrate and support British craft. In order to win, Hosono had first to be nominated by a leader in the fields of applied arts and crafts and then impress a panel of 13 of the UK’s foremost creative figures – a collective that includes the artist Tord Boontje, executive director of the Crafts Council Rosy Greenlees and the Financial Times’ arts columnist Peter Aspden.
In tune with Perrier-Jouët’s art-nouveau aesthetic, the 12 nominees were judged on their work’s ability to “transform the mundane of everyday life into something truly beautiful”. Hosono’s exquisite vessels, inspired in the true style of the movement by the Japanese landscapes of her childhood and the flora and fauna she finds in her London garden, do just that.