Together the Daisy Egg, Green Square Covered Box and Lilac Pierced Box form a special trio of small objects of outstanding modern beauty which Hitomi has entitled ‘Sansai’ a Japanese term meaning three colours
The perfectly formed Daisy Egg ornament in pastel pink is strewn with an abundance of hand-applied white bas relief ceramic daisies. They tumble over one another and almost appear to ‘dance’ or cascade on the surface with some raised above others on their stems. Hitomi modelled this shape on a combination of a ‘Wagashi’ or Japanese confectionary served with tea and a pebble she found on the English coast. She wanted this ornament to be a colourful symbol of Spring and she named it ‘Koharu’ in Japanese meaning small Spring. She chose a size that fits the hand with the daisies seeming ‘cheerful’ to her as they cluster together in such detail that they seem almost real.
This charming pastel Green Square Covered Box is draped with hand-applied white bas relief Acanthus leaves that are layered across one another in a trail over the box. Hitomi wanted to create a small container, the size and shape of a ‘Wagashi’ or Japanese confectionary served with tea and chose the Acanthus leaf for its fluidity and soft, edible looking form. Some of the leaves are tinged with blue and lilac graduating shades adding to their fresh, natural look reflected in Hitomi’s Japanese title for the work ‘Wakaba’ meaning young leaves.
The delicate Lilac Pierced Box is a smooth, round, pastel lilac keepsake and across it’s domed lid lies a scattering of hand-applied white bas relief Chrysanthemums, Hitomi’s favourite flower, in different sizes and intricate designs. Some of these flowers have pierced elements in place of their petals allowing light into the box. As with other ornaments in the collection, Hitomi was inspired by the form of a ‘Wagashi’ or Japanese confectionary served with tea and the smooth feel of pebbles found on the British coast. Her Japanese name for the piece, ‘Kayuu’ meaning flower playing, flower tour perfectly describes the immaculate decorative detail.
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