Stoneware, saturated glaze
H : 48 cm W: 76 cm D: 42 cm
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and he has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He is a ceramic artist based in Shigaraki, who has been exhibited widely across Japan, in both solo and group exhibitions, as well as in competitions.
In 2017 after his graduation at the Kanazawa University of Art and his PhD in Fine Art, Hashimoto was seeking a place to make large scale works. He was artist in residence at the ‘Shigaraki Cultural Park’.
In 2019, Tomonari Hashimoto held his first overseas solo exhibition in Hong Kong. And he was selected as the on-site exhibitor at the ‘Korean International Ceramic Biennale 2019’ in Icheon World Ceramic Center.
Tomonari Hashimoto was selected as one of the youngest finalists at the ‘LOEWE Craft Prize 2019’ exhibited at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo. And early in 2020, his work is joining the permanent Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Another piece has entered LACMA and a large sculpture has recently been installed in his home prefecture of Wakayama.
The form is simple with a grey, a light blue, and a rust red waving across the surface like clouds. Tomonari does not title any of his work, preferring to leave interpretation up to the viewer. After hand forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Between 1000 and 1100 degrees, like Raku ware). Then he builds a brick oven around each piece and brings the temperature up to 500 degrees, and adds millet or rice husk, which carbonizes the surface, creating incredible colors and random patterns leaving the viewer with a feeling like rusted or heated metal. Many of his works are monumental.
The Heart Sutra, one of the most famous texts in Buddhism, states that “form is emptiness, emptiness is form”. This seeming paradox is a core philosophy of Japanese design and culture, where absence can be as important as presence. This principle can be summed up in the concept of “ma”, which roughly translates to “negative space”, but evokes a deeper sense of a “gap” or “pause” that gives new shape and meaning to the whole.. We all come from the void as human on hearth, Tomonari Hashimoto might experience a deep introspection in whole process of his creation.