Born and raised in Japan, London-based ceramic artist Hitomi Hosono creates graceful boxes, towers and vessels using a technique called ‘sprigging’.
Feather Leaves Tower
Feather Leaves Tower, detail
Inspired by Josiah Wedgwood’s Jasperware, Hosono applies thin ceramic reliefs (sprigs) to decorate the surface of a piece.
Chrysanthemum Box Open
Black Wisteria Square Box
After a great deal of experimentation with types of clay and process, the artist took the technique one step further and began covering the entire surface of the foundation with the sprigs, eventually moving on to create objects completely from many layers of the sprigs.
Black Wisteria Tower
Read an interview with the artist here.