Biography

There is a remarkable balance between artistry and technical brilliance within Nagae Shigekazu's work. Starting with two slightly different ikomi molds created according to the traditions of his native Seto, Nagae casts them with liquid porcelain. Following the drying and bisque-firing procedures, the two eggshell-thin forms are suspended inside one another within the kiln. The intense heat of the final firing causes them to fuse where glazed and to further distend, bend and drape around each other. The resulting natural movement leads to elegant shapes and lyrical curves, one form mirroring the other.