Etsuji Noguchi Verdigris green plate
Maker: Etsuji Noguchi
Handmade in Japan
Dimensions: H 2cm x W 23.5cm
Materials: Wild Clay
Method: Hand turned
An artisanal small plate hand-crafted by Etsuji Noguchi. This plate is made from naturally sourced materials and has been exquisitely hand-turned before being fired in a textured lichen-like glaze. The plates surface is a rich chroma of dappled blue-green verdigris and moss green with areas of crystallization towards its centre. A small step at the plate’s lip exposes the deep chard-red clay beneath, accentuating its sophisticated forms.
About the Artist
Etsuji Noguchi (b. 1975, Japan) is a contemporary ceramic artist based in Kagoshima prefecture. His fascination with Yakishime pottery from Tanegashima, a southern island of Japan, instigated his relocation to the island in 1999. During his tenure at Tanegashima, Noguchi devoted his days to various activities such as excavating and processing clay from the mountains, preparing firewood, and firing pottery in traditional kilns. His experience using naturally sourced raw materials continues to shape his work and is fundamental to his practice.
Noguchi's mastery of firewood kilns is particularly evident in his latest series, Verdigris Green. These dynamic, finely made pieces murmur through hues of chromium oxide to rich copper green. This hum of colour is echoed in the tactile moss-like surfaces he achieves by adding an accumulation of ash during the firing processes. The resulting works blur the line between contemporary pottery and historical artefacts, endowing them with an enigmatic beauty that leaves the origins of these pieces unclear, an ideal that Noguchi is seeking within his work.