A small vase, hand-crafted by Etsuji Noguchi using naturally sourced materials. The vessel has been meticulously hand-turned before firing in a wood kiln. Its surface has a calming, neutral, chalky grey that eloquently highlights the undulations in its structure. From a fine conical opening it transitions to a square, chiseled base. Subtle vertical tooling marks are delicately scorched, embellishing the lower four sides of the vessel.
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.