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Harumi Nakashima, based in the port city of Nagoya Japan, creates stunning hand-built porcelain sculptures of incredible complexity and beauty. Taking great care to achieve a flawless surface and form, each piece is created over the course of six months.

A celebrated avante garde ceramicist, Nakashima is also a …
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Hand-signed by artist
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Included (issued by gallery)
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Born in 1950, Harumi Nakashima is known for his biomorphic porcelain sculptures decorated wi th opulent blue dots, He excels in clay creations far removed from both tradition and functionality.
Nakashima’s early reputation was cemented as one of the leading teachers at the Tajimi Pottery Design and Technical Center, having trained and influenced many of the promising young ceramicists of Japan since 1976. Nakashima has received leading accolades as well, including the Japan Ceramics Society Award in 2010 and the Gold Prize at the International Ceramics Festival MINO in 1995. With works collected by 20 public institutions the world over, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Faenza Ceramics Museum in Italy, he is one of Japan’s most celebrated porcelain artist.
Influenced by the blue sometsuke (under-glaze) motifs of traditional Japanese porcelain, Nakashima’s motifs also use cobalt blue over-glaze. Yet unlike traditional methods, Nakashima’s blue dots are painted over the body of a work after the main firing, and then fired into the white glaze of the porcelain with a second firing using the technique of ‘ inglazing, ’ thereby leading to the sinking of the dots upon the white over-glaze. Perhaps more surprising is the fact that his organic, sprawling and fluid porcelain bodies are entirely hand-built . As porcelain is extremely difficult to manipulate by free-hand, Nakashima intentionally uses this method to create not only tension, but an epic “battle with clay. ”

Selected exhibitions
2021
Harumi Nakashima, First Ever US Solo ExhibitionDuane Reed Gallery
2020
Harum Nakashima: A survey of the last 50 yearsSokyo Gallery
2016
Infinite DiversityOpera Gallery
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A Disclosing Form 1607, 2016

Porcelain
25 × 15 1/2 × 13 in
63.5 × 39.4 × 33 cm
Unique
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Sold
Location
St. Louis
Certificate
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.

Harumi Nakashima, based in the port city of Nagoya Japan, creates stunning hand-built porcelain …

Medium
Condition
New
Signature
Hand-signed by artist
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included

Born in 1950, Harumi Nakashima is known for his biomorphic porcelain sculptures decorated wi th opulent blue dots, He excels in clay creations far removed from both tradition and functionality.
Nakashima’s early reputation was cemented as one of the leading teachers at the Tajimi Pottery Design and Technical Center, having trained and influenced many of the promising young ceramicists of Japan since 1976. Nakashima has received leading accolades as well, including the Japan Ceramics Society Award in 2010 and the Gold Prize at the International Ceramics Festival MINO in 1995. With works collected by 20 public institutions the world over, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Faenza Ceramics Museum in Italy, he is one of Japan’s most celebrated porcelain artist.
Influenced by the blue sometsuke (under-glaze) motifs of traditional Japanese porcelain, Nakashima’s motifs also use cobalt blue over-glaze. Yet unlike traditional methods, Nakashima’s blue dots are painted over the body of a work after the main firing, and then fired into the white glaze of the porcelain with a second firing using the technique of ‘ inglazing, ’ thereby leading to the sinking of the dots upon the white over-glaze. Perhaps more surprising is the fact that his organic, sprawling and fluid porcelain bodies are entirely hand-built . As porcelain is extremely difficult to manipulate by free-hand, Nakashima intentionally uses this method to create not only tension, but an epic “battle with clay. ”

Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Harumi Nakashima
Other works from Duane Reed Gallery
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