“I pay attention to the smallest detail, down to how a 1mm leaf-tip should move. I don’t like to compromise,” says Hitomi Hosono. “Seeing the clay take form is exciting and when it emerges from the kiln – sometimes 14 months after I started the work – it’s always a thrill.”
Hosono interned at Wedgwood in 2008, while studying at the RCA, and developed her own version of the traditional technique of “sprigging”, in which tiny ceramic reliefs are applied to clay surfaces. Experimentation led to the elaborate, lace-like botanical ornamentation on her own matte-finish vessels.
Kathleen Slater, director of Adrian Sassoon’s Knightsbridge gallery, which represents the artist, says, “Collectors are in awe of Hosono’s incredible technical expertise and the impossible delicacy of the pieces.”