The Japanese title of this collection of work by Hiroshi Taruta is 光芒, which translates to “shaft of light” or “radiance.” Seeing this incredible vessel when lit from above reveals shining rays of light, which are the result of a ceramic technique called hotaru-de. Taruta first throws his pieces on a wheel before piercing them with a sharp tool. The work is then glazed, filling the holes with translucent glaze, which allows light to fill the vessels — as if illuminated by tiny fireflies (hotaru in Japanese).
In standard ambient lighting, the work appears a gorgeous celadon blue, but when lit from above, the vessel glows magically with incredible radiance.
Wheel-thrown porcelain, hotaru-de technique
6″ high, 4″ diameter