Welcome back to our periodic Video segment. This week we’re featuring Japanese ceramist Hitomi Hosono, who is currently in residency at Wedgwood, where she has developed a collection for the iconic company. Combining British and Japanese aesthetics, Hosono renders molded appliqués from Wedgwood’s archive in a refreshing and dynamic way. The range includes vases, bowls and ornamental boxes in an unglazed matte finish typical of Wedgwood’s signature Jasperware, Dezeen writes. You can watch the video, also from Dezeen, below.
Hitomi grew up in an area that she describes as ‘the Stoke-on-Trent of Japan,’ surrounded by potteries. Her grandfather was a plaster and ceramics worker so she remembers being surrounded by tiles and ceramics as a child.
After studying traditional ornamental pottery at art college in Japan, Hitomi studied in Denmark and then secured a place at the Royal College of Art in London for her Master of Arts degree. While studying there in 2008, Hitomi spent six weeks at the Wedgwood factory as an intern, and the rest is history.
The magical journey began with Hitomi working alongside the Wedgwood designers and factory artisans to reimagine Wedgwood’s iconic Jasperware. Hitomi said “I was inspired by the original Wedgwood sprigs that were informed by nature. I went into the Wedgwood archives, which is a bit like entering Wedgwood’s brain, and felt the history there. I love the idea of using a motif designed over 100 years ago.”
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The Wedgwood Artist in Residence program celebrates Wedgwood’s renowned heritage of innovation and craftsmanship dating back to 1759.
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