photo: SAIKI Taku

Hollow Space

ArtistITABASHI Hiromi
Material/ Techniquechamotte, iron plate
Size/ DurationH40×W93.5×D52.5cm
Copyright Notice© ITABASHI Hiromi
Year of acquisition/ donation2003
DescriptionBorn in Tokyo, Japan in 1948. Lives and works there.

From the first half of the 1970s, Itabashi aspired to become a ceramic artist, and completed his studies at the Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center. From the second half of the 1970s, he started to use slip cast porcelain to make works having sensual and reflective forms. Later he made experimental works of black glazed pottery and works combining chamotte (powder made from once-fired pottery) and white porcelain. Gradually he shifted his focus onto chamotte, and in recent years he makes works made only of chamotte. He utilizes attributes of the material to express certain texture and form.

With this work included, the concept of the “Zero Gravity – Inside Gravity” series using chamotte is based on the artist’s wish to free pottery from ‘dependence on the floor due to gravity.’ Chamotte has a characteristic that, when mixed with glaze and baked, it can keep its shape freely in space. Itabashi mixed glaze and chamotte by pasting layers of paper soaked in glaze on a framework made with wood and cardboard, and buried it in chamotte. When baked, the wood and paper frame is burned, and what is left is layers of chamotte approximately 1cm thick, hardened by glaze. The artist’s approach to deconstruct and inspect not only the composition of pottery but also its meaning is demonstrated.