Porcelain vessels by the artist Hitomi Hosono - white foam of leaves and herbs

“High Tower of Tsutsuji” (2021), cast, hand-cut porcelain, Image by Adrian Sassoon Interesting

It is unlikely that anyone will be left indifferent by the porcelain works of the Japanese artist! It's something incredible. These incredible shapes woven from herbs, leaves and flowers, is it really possible to create this from porcelain?!

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

Japanese artist Hitomi Hosono transforms billowing leaves from an underwater plant or clusters of hawthorn flowers into complex sculptural compositions stripped of their natural colors. The plain bowls and vases seem to sprout with incredibly detailed plant life, which Hosono arranges in such a way that they form a dense form.

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

Her works are not a figment of fantasy, but a careful, hours-long study of the plant world!

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

Currently living in London, Hosono draws on the memories of his house, surrounded by green plants.

Japanese gardens are the key to understanding the source of Hosono's inspiration - these are unusual "collections of plants", which are very different from the combed and thinned avenues and parks we are used to:

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono
Very colorful at the time of flowering, in May, but mostly green thickets, weaves of herbs that we see in Hitomi Hosono's porcelain

Some of the botanical forms are inspired by specific plants that the artist encountered during her walks in city parks. Others arise spontaneously, inspired by a piece of material that resembles a leaf or a petal.

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

When I work with porcelain, my old memories of nature in Japan float in my hands - abstract and indefinite. Kneading, combing, stroking, carving, there are many processes before the image begins to take the form of my tactile memory, she explains.

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

I use a very small, thin brush to curl the tip of each petal. This must be done slowly and carefully as the ends become incredibly brittle. Then I pick the petals by hand to make each flower and place them one by one.

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

Regardless of size, each element is hand-sculpted and paired with similar elements to form a flower, or layered onto a larger vessel that typically takes a year or more to complete.

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Hawthorn Tower (2020), molded, carved and handmade porcelain, 24,5 x 22 centimeters

White Foam of Leaves and Herbs - Porcelain Vessels by Artist Hitomi Hosono

The artist deliberately removes the color and we can glide our eyes, enjoying the beautiful curves of plants, without distracting attention to the shades and, at the same time, we admire the beautiful whiteness of precious porcelain ...

Azalea flowers
Azalea flowers