A Drop from the Ocean; Conical unglazed sculpture
9 7/8 x 14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.
Tall gray columnar sculpture with sloped shoulders, flaring base and bottle-like mouth
14 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches
A Drop from the Ocean; Twisting unglazed sculpture
8 1/4 x 13 x 9 7/8 in.
Ovoid, horizontal vessel with deep red slip glaze and wide mouth
Stoneware with slip glaze
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches
Round sculpture with concave center and rough texture of deep red and black slip glaze
7 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches
Itō Tadashi is known for his use of a type of Japanese gray clay, found at his kiln site in Iwate Prefecture. Before firing his ceramics, they are covered with a layer of white clay that is scraped off afterwards. His saidei (colored-clay) works, ranging from sculptural to functional vessels, have the appearance of antique metal; this is achieved through repeated firings. Itō admires the work of Richard Lang, a British contemporary artist, and also draws inspiration from Japanese Jōmon ware.