Wada Akira (b. 1978)
Carved circular covered box with zig-zag faceted base and cover
7 x 15 x 15 inches
Standing narrow covered sculptural vessel
16 1/2 x 6 x 4 inches
Circular vessel with carved, faceted sides and curved, square foot
5 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 in.
Standing, covered vessel in solid carved porcelain
14 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.
White porcelain geometric vessel
5 1/8 x 13 x 15 1/8 in.
Like many of the younger generation of Japanese ceramists, Wada Akira works within the medium of white porcelain. He first throws and then carefully carves the surfaces of his nominally functional forms that read more as sculpture than vessel. Due to the absolute precision required of his painstaking carving process, using delicate dental-style tools, the making of a single sake cup may consume an entire day. Wada chooses to leave his vessels unglazed with a matte white surface or applies a clear glaze that softens the edges and reflects the light, focusing the eye of the viewer on form and contours of the vessel.