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Hitomi Hosono


A Sakura Yose, 2023

moulded, carved and hand-built porcelain
L:4.3cm H:4.5cm W:5cm
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Hitomi Hosono

Born: 1978
Place of Birth: Japan

“I sculpted a leaf that I found in the garden at home. It was a simple leaf, not particularly special amongst other leaves. However, when I started sculpting its shape with clay, I was drawn into its intricacy; the manner in which the veins were branching, how the margins ended. I found many details that I admired in this small leaf. It is my intention to transfer the leaf’s beauty and detail into my ceramic work, using it as my own language to weave new stories for objects.” Hitomi Hosono

Hitomi Hosono’s exquisitely delicate and detailed sculptures began when she sculpted a simple leaf from the garden and found herself drawn into its intricacy.

Hitomi Hosono’s ceramics are rooted in both Japanese and European traditions. Hitomi studied Kutani Pottery at Kanazawa College of Art, Japan from 1998-2002, before studying Ceramic Product Design at Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark from 2005-2006. She then completed an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London from 2007-2009. Hitomi Hosono has exhibited both nationally and internationally and received the 2014 Jerwood Makers Open Prize, Jerwood Visual Arts, London and the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize, London in 2013. Hitomi is now based in London and is represented by Adrian Sassoon, London.

Public collections include: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; Oriental Museum, Durham University; The British Museum, London; The Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, Paris, France; Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Selb, Germany; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, USA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

Hitomi’s work was featured in A Natural Selection, May 2019 and also featured in A Japanese Design, 30 July – 29 August 2020.

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