Wedgwood by Hitomi Hosono Shoka Vase Limited Edition of 5
Wedgwood by Hitomi Hosono Shoka Vase Limited Edition of 5
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Item# 40034883
Size: H: 10.4" W: 7.8" D: 7.8"

The legendary Jasper Portland Vase is recognized throughout the world, not only for its hand-applied classical bas relief scenes, but also for its distinctive, elegant Grecian urn shape, twin handles and pale blue color. For her unique interpretation, Hitomi wanted to bring old and new together in one piece, connecting Wedgwood history with her new application of natural forms. She chose the fern as a decorative theme after exploring the archives finding that it expressed both softness and the beauty of sequence. Having stained the unglazed stoneware body a bolder shade of turquoise blue and replaced the classical nymphs and scenes with a truly exquisite layering of white bas relief ferns, the Turquoise Portland Vase is a true work of art. The ferns seem to grow upwards from the base in an organic form, overlapping one another, completely covering one handle and reaching their fronds into the mouth of the vase. Hitomi evocative Japanese title for this unique piece is h_kameaning sublimation which from the Latin ublimaremeans aised to a higher status It is as though the piece has been transitioned through nature from something solid to ethereal.The skilled artisans at Barlaston use ancient skills and their years of training to meticulously create the items in this collection. Each individual Sh_ka piece is double cast to create the shape. It is then put onto a turning lathe where the craftsman slowly turns back the surface of the clay, revealing a smooth base body ready for ornamenting. The 12 fern ornament designs are added, with 16 separate intricate applications by the skilled ornamentors and only fired once. Offered as a limited edition of only 5 pieces, each Sh_ka vase takes just over 14 hours to produce and is a truly inspirational piece of art. The essence of the collection for Hitomi is in natural beauty, presenting leaves and flowers as we see them in the natural world, climbing, gathering, layering and changing color in graduation. She creates a new harmony between the body of the piece and its ornamentation, bringing new organic and natural movement to Wedgwood enduring and iconic ornamental wares. Every piece in the collection is hand-crafted at Barlaston as a highly limited-edition collectable item and artefact with an impress bearing Hitomi Japanese signature, the Wedgwood stamp and limited-edition number."

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Wedgwood was founded by Josiah Wedgwood, the 'Father of English Potters', in 1759. His first big success - and perhaps the greatest contribution to the British pottery industry - was the production of the first cream-colored earthenware. Later called Queen's Ware by the Royal assent of Queen Charlotte in 1765, this inexpensive earthenware put fine, beautiful tableware within reach of a much wider range of consumers. Wedgwood's most famous commission in Queen's Ware was a 952 piece dinner and dessert service for Empress Catherine II of Russia in 1773/74, which featured free-hand paintings of 1,244 different English Scenes.

Quintessentially English

Wedgwood is quintessentially English. It has a tradition of innovation, quality and craftsmanship and its designs are widely acknowledged as timeless, elegant, classic and understated. The design teams also work with external product designs for cross-pollination of ideas, experience and work methods. The Company philosophy is that its products are not only a pleasure to be enjoyed today, but are also a treasure for the future - many consumers buy only Wedgwood to be handed down as a family heirloom.

Wedgwood also produced a wide variety of ornamental ware and in 1768 developed Black Basalt, a fine black stoneware that has remained popular through three centuries and is used on vases, busts, cameos and teaware.

Wedgwood Jasperware

After years of searching for the right ingredients and thousands of experiments, Wedgwood perfected Jasperware - a very fine-grained stoneware, colored throughout the body. Jasper was prized by Wedgwood above all his creations and, until his death in 1795, he devoted much of his energy to producing a wide range of pieces from cameos to portrait medallions to chessmen and candlesticks in many different colors.

Jasperware is synonymous with the Wedgwood name and has been produced continually for more than 200 years. Although today it is produced using more streamlined production techniques, in essence the methods used are the same as those used by Josiah Wedgwood in the 18th century, with every bas-relief decoration applied by hand.

Wedgwood Designers

The company has established exciting design partnerships with fashion designers, Jasper Conran, Vera Wang and artist Robert Dawson to develop contemporary and stylish ranges that appeal to the younger consumer. Today, Wedgwood is known throughout the world for the quality of its products and its rich heritage.

"We are proud of the world-wide celebrations of Wedgwood's 250th anniversary. We need to reflect on our remarkable heritage, as well as the extraordinary legacy of our founder, Josiah Wedgwood. It is a time to focus on a new and exciting future with the many supporters of our great brand."

-Lord Piers Wedgwood, Brand Ambassador

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